Shibori Bleach Dying




About: I love to create and I love to share ideas, so here we are!

Not always do you need dyes and other hard to find products to change the look of your old T-Shirt. Many a times you can also do it with very simple products found at home. I tried bleaching one of my old T-Shirts with regular fabric bleach and the results turned out lovely! Here is an instructable showing my process.

Step 1: You Will Need

An old T-shirt ( any color but white)

Bleach (I used liquid chlorine bleach)

Rubber bands

And some plastic squares

Step 2: Fold It!

Start by folding your shirt in an accordion fold vertically. The smaller the folds the smaller the shapes on the final design will be.

Now turn the shirt horizontally and then fold in the same manner. You will should have small squares in the end.

Step 3: Wrap It

Once it is properly folded, place the plastic squares on the exposed edges and secure the whole T-shirt with the help of some rubber bands.

Step 4: Bleach

Read the instructions behind the bleach bottle and make a bleach solution in water. Then place the shirt in this solution.

Once soaked, keep checking for changes in colour. Mine took about 2 hours to reach the colour I desired.

Step 5: Wash It

Remove it from the solution and wash it till the water runs clear then let it dry.

Step 6: Flaunt It

Here is how my shirt looked finally. Go ahead and give it a try:)

For more creative ideas visit my blog.



    • Fat Challenge

      Fat Challenge
    • Pie Contest

      Pie Contest
    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge

    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    When i will wash it, will the colour go on the other clothes?

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    No, not at all. Let the first wash be separate so that all the excess bleach runs off, after that you can wash it with the rest of your clothes.


    Reply 2 years ago

    1. How do I wash it the first time? By hand?
    2. How do I remove that horrible smell of bleach from the shirt and from my hands?

    P.S. Will send you a pic of the finished work.


    Reply 2 years ago

    You should either hand wash it, or you could also wash it alone in the machine. Use some fabric softener and detergent while washing to get rid of the smell. Wear gloves so that the bleach doesn't harm your hands, and the smell doesn't remain. Also you could try to work somewhere outside if you find the smell too annoying.

    Waiting to see the finished work!


    2 years ago

    Did a lot of bleach dying awhile ago, so fun and versatile! I love how black always turns to like a flame colour... Great shibi dye tho!


    2 years ago

    Cool design!