Creative Ways to Hide Stains on a T-shirt

by Tonya Staab

We’ve all got a t-shirt in our closet that is old, has stains, or is just plain out of fashion. Give it a brand new look with these 5 creative ideas.

I spill things down my front constantly, especially if it’s a white top. What is it about white tees that attract everything that stains? I also have kids, so there are stains EVERYWHERE!

Don’t throw them out, give them a new life. Whether you have stain ridden shirts, have picked up some really cheap tees thrift shopping, or just want to jazz up an old tee that you haven’t worn in a while, here are 6 fun ideas that are perfect for kids (and adults too).

Dip dye a tee

a mother and daughter wearing t-shirts that have been dip dyed with denim blue color

The tee I’m wearing above had a stain right between my boobs. I couldn’t get it out no matter how many different products I tried. So, Marisol and I decided to have a little fun dyeing our clothes one day. We went a little crazy though and ended up dyeing everything from tees, to ties on shorts, and even an old pair of jeans. You can find all the details on how to dip dye a tee on my post at Kids Activities Blog.

Add sequins to a tee

sequins in the shape of a heart on a striped tee

This craft is perfect if you have a stain from food not making it into your mouth (I have that problem a lot, and so do my kids). Head on over to The Centsible Life where I have the tutorial on how to add a sequin design to your favorite shirt.

Airbrush designs

flowers airbrushed onto a white tank

Have you ever used an airbrush? They are so much fun and you can create amazing designs with them, it’s the perfect way to add art to a plain tee. My tutorial for making these airbrush flowers is over at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Coloring page tee

an Incredibles coloring page printed onto a tshirt for kids to color in

Why just print and color in your favorite characters from a movie onto paper when you can color them in on a t-shirt and wear it everywhere you go. I have really easy tips for turning a coloring page into a coloring t-shirt design that you can color in with fabric markers over at Lady and the Blog.

Make t-shirt transfers

It’s so easy to come up with your own designs for t-shirts. I use both Canva and PicMonkey to create simple t-shirt transfer designs for tees. You can check out our Powerful Girl tee and our Dr. Seuss tee for ideas.

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