Bleach Dyed Flannels

Are you in love with the bleach dyed flannel shirt trend this year? There is nothing better on a cool fall day than a soft flannel to keep you warm. One thing that I love about them is that no two bleach dyed flannels are exactly the same. I am really excited to add these unique shirts to our “Pretty in Plaid” Fall line.

If you love these flannel shirts, but don’t want to pay boutique prices, these shirts are really easy to DIY! It can be so fun to watch how each shirt takes the bleach as you make your own unique pattern! So, grab an old flannel shirt from your closet, get together with some of your friends and let’s DIY!

What you need:

  • Flannel Shirt
  • Bleach
  • Rubber bands
  • Pitcher
  • Plastic Dish Pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cold water
  • Optional: mask

I recommend wearing older clothes or an apron in case the bleach splashes onto your clothes.

Step 1: Mix 1 part bleach to 8 parts room temperature water in a pitcher. Stir with the wooden spoon and then pour the mixture into your plastic dish pan. (You can dilute the bleach as you wish, however the more you dilute your bleach the longer your shirt will need to soak)

Step 2: Place the rubber band around the body of your flannel shirt as well as the sleeves, choose whatever length you wish.

Step 3: Dip the shirt into your bleach mixture. Dip the part of the shirt below your rubber band. Make sure the dipped part of the shirt is completely submerged into the water. The wooden spoon comes in handy to push the shirt down under the water. Let the shirt soak in the bleach mixture until you reach your desired color. Be sure to note that the color does look lighter when the shirt is dry.

Step 4: With the gloves on, dip your hands into the bleach mixture and sprinkle the mixture onto the portion of the shirt above the rubber band. As you sprinkle the mixture rub it in slightly to the shirt to get the full effect. Flip the shirt to the other side and repeat. (If you wish, the entire shirt can be done this way instead of the “dip” method)

Step 5: Once you have reached the desired color of your shirt, take it out of the bleach mixture and rinse it with cold water. Remove the rubber bands and ring out the shirt to get rid of the excess bleach.

Step 6: Wash and dry your shirt by itself on the cold water setting.

Step 7: Wear and enjoy your DIY bleach dyed flannel shirt!

We’d love to see your DIY bleach dyed flannel shirt.  Email a picture of your shirt to for 10% off any single purchase on our website.  We will also hand select a few pictures to post on meandmommyscloset facebook page.

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