DIY Matching Vacation Shirts

before bleaching  after using bleach penafter using bleach penDIY Matching Vacation Shirts

So, we decided we wanted to start a new tradition and make the kids matching shirts for our annual vacations each year. Our first challenge was wondering how will we ever get all of these little ones to look at us and smile for a picture?! ( Well, we decided to do the design on the back of their shirts (also because some of the shirts we bought had a pocket on the front), so that solves that problem! Next up was actually making the shirts. We will write out the steps and attach pictures but be warned, we can never seem to get our pictures to attach in the correct order so they might show up at the top of this post.

First buy the shirts. We bought ours at Target and Walmart- a quick note about the shirt from Walmart is that it WOULD NOT bleach!!! No matter what we did (not washed, prewashed, loads of bleach) it just wouldn’t work. So we do not recommend buying your shirts at Walmart because of this.

Next pick your design (if you have a cricut or silhouette you can use one of their designs). Then cut your design out on freezer paper. Lay design on t-shirt and iron on (make sure you put the shiny side down).

Once freezer paper design is adhered to shirt begin filling it in with bleach. We opted to use the Clorox bleach pen (make sure it says “gel for whites” on it). Depending on the color of your shirt it may take up to 20 minutes for the bleach to work.

Once your design has bleached, remove freezer paper and wash shirt by hand under cold water. Wipe away any excess bleach with your fingers. (Don’t worry your bleach will not run and smudge, we promise) Then put the shirt in the wash machine, dry it and it’s done!!

It was so simple, and the design possibilities are endless!


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We thought we would start a blog up to document all of our ventures into crafting and all things related to that. First we want to start off by telling you a little more about ourselves. We are Allison and Brittany Kollmer. Althought we are called “The Knotty Sisters” we are actually sister-in-laws and best friends. We are married to brothers. Allison has 3 children and Brittany has 1. We live right down the road from each other which is so much fun! The kids get to see each other a lot which will be so nice for them, especially as they get older. Allison’s children are ages 6 years (boy), 3.5 years (girl) and 11 months (boy). Brittany’s son is 6 months. Allison is a stay at home mom and Brittany is mostly a stay at home mom, but works part time as a nurse. We love doing things with our families whether it be camping, going to dirtbike races with our husbands, or staying in for quiet nights!

We got started with the Knotty Sisters after our love of crocheting turned into more than just a hobby. We quickly realized how much people appreciate and love handmade crocheted items so we decided to start up our little business with a Facebook page and craft shows. We are now starting to make and sell new products as our crafting skills are expanding! We hope to update this blog with posts about our crafting endeavors, knotty sister products, DIY tutorials, photography posts and some posts about our families and our lives.

We hope you will stick around while we get the hang of this blogging thing (we’ve already written, accidentally deleted, then rewritten this post, oops!) We promise there will be lots of good posts to come!