Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How to Upcycle Flannel Shirts with Bleach and Stencils

 I have been seeing a lot of Bleached Flannel Shirts in magazines

 and at the Flea Markets lately.

Country Living Magazine October 2018 Issue

Have you seen them? They almost have an ombre effect.
This Flannel shirt in the picture is priced at $119- what?
I'm not sure if I am on board with this trend !....definitely not for that price.
OK... Let's go to our closets and see if we can find a flannel shirt to work with.
If not let's go to the Thrift Shop.
Hurry back I will wait for you!

 I have a cotton flannel shirt, a bucket, a hanger, gloves, water and bleach.

All set up, let's do it!

1 cup bleach to 2 cups water

Please work in a well ventilated area!

Time:  about 10-20 min.

Your shirt may need more or less time so keep checking on it.

When it is to your liking remove from the bucket.

Rinse thoroughly,

 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups water

to neutralize the bleach.

Rinse thoroughly again and wash with soap in bucket.

Now hang to dry.

I decided to add a stencil to the shoulders.

I used this Cathe Holden stencil.

I used  Navy Blue Acrylic paint

On the back below the shoulders.
And stenciled on the pocket.

Let's do another shirt!

I am always up for stenciling.

My son gave me a Flannel shirt that didn't fit him and it fit me nice and baggy!

It had pearl-like snaps instead of buttons-love it.

I thought I might wear it to work in the garden as the weather cools.

I went over to Joann's Fabrics with a coupon and an idea in my head.

I found this stencil set.

The only bad thing was they were paper.

It came with all three designs.

Here's the UPC

I used my 60% off coupon and left the store!

I layed the shirt out flat. Place a piece of cardboard between the layers

of fabric to protect from accidental bleed through.

 I used White ACRYLIC paint and a stencil brush.

Use Spray adhesive on the back side of stencil if you have it.
It helps to keep the stencil from moving.
Center below yoke stitching

Stencil shirt and allow to dry thoroughly,

Heat set the painted design using a hot iron and a clean cloth.

My Model

How about another shirt !

Here is a different stencil from the pack

On the back of a Flannel Jacket

OK more!

On the shoulders
On the pocket
I used this Cathe Holden Stencil
I think I will hang the shirts on a clothesline behind me at
next weeks Flea Market ! What do you think?
Silly I know, but I am easily entertained.

I look so forward to the weather changing ! It is still so hot here.

I want to wear soft flannel and drink Hot Chocolate!
These will be great for working in the yard.
Let me know what you think of my upcycled Flannel Shirts.
xo Lisa S



Took the shirts to the FLEA MARKET-
A couple of ladies that bought shirts let me take their pictures.
Don't they look cute?




  1. Love these ideas! I haven't had much success with the bleaching clothes idea but I am inspired to try again!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you stop by again.
      xo Lisa S

  2. So fun, Lisa! Adding flannel shirts to my thrifting list! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

    1. Thank you so much ! I was hesitant to share these. I'm glad you understood they were for fun not high fashion!
      Thank you for hosting and pinning-
      xo Lisa S

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! I pinned this! Hope to see you again next week.

    1. Hi Sheri
      Thank you so much for hosting and I appreciate the pin.
      xo Lisa S

  4. Fun ideas. I especially love the stenciling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. What great flannel shirts. I am looking for some to modify.
    Stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured.

    1. Bev
      I have been on vacation and I was thrilled to come back to your sweet comment. Thank you for the feature I can't wait to see it.
      xo Lisa S

  6. These are so awesome and I love a comfy flannel shirt

  7. I love any upcycling from the thrift store ideas! Thanks for sharing this one.

    1. Angie,
      The upcycles are my favorites. I am so glad you stopped
      by to visit. Come back when you have time and look at the other thrift shop make overs I have done.
      xo Lisa S

  8. Absolutely adorable! So clever and creative! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!

  9. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy!

  10. So resourceful! What a helpful step-by-step as well!

    1. Thank you so much, I am glad you could understand my
      instructions :)
      xo Lisa S

  11. LOVE the way you upcycled these flannels. Such a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party and have a great week!

    1. Thank you! I just love your parties.
      Thank you for hosting.
      xo Lisa S

  12. I do like the stenciling on the shirts, but am not quite on board with the bleaching yet. I guess that I am a little old and change is hard. I just have a hard time taking something nice and making it look worn out (nope my jeans do not have holes in them). I really do think that I am going to try the stenciling though. Thanks for the idea.

    1. I love the stencil too. I had to try the bleach when I
      saw it for $100 kidding.
      It was the first one I sold at the flea market though... xo Lisa S

  13. These are awesome. I love it and I am going to give the bleach one a try. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it .

    1. Vanessa,
      It would look so cute on you!
      Thanks for hosting. xo Lisa S

  14. I am loving them! The camping stencils are awesome.
    :) gwingal

  15. I want one!! (or two!) Your fantastic idea is one of my features on this weeks OVER THE MOON LINK PARTY which goes live tonight, Sunday, at 5pm central. Please stop by to see your feature and link up again.
    :) gwingal

    1. Nikki,
      You would look so cute in one! I am so honored to be
      part of your features. I appreciate you so much and always look forward to your parties-thank you for hosting and I will be right over :) xo Lisa S


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