DIY vintage t-shirt treatment

Photos: Happenstance + Men´s Health. Via True Blue me And You.

Second hand shops sell more and more "new" clothes so finding an authentic vintage look is not always so easy. Men's Health released a tutorial on how to treat your new t-shirt with some basic household supplies to get the worn look. In addition to the soda treatment and sanding the print, also the neckline and sleeve openings have to be treated lightly with sandpaper. Neck opening should be stretched a bit when it comes off wash. For these treatments use more patience than force. A good vintage treatment takes time. If you want to change the color to a more older looking yellowish tone, let the shirt soak in a bucket full of strong espresso coffee for a day or two.

What you need:
1/4 cups (1/2 dl) sodium carbonate washing soda
2 (5 dl)cups salt
fine-grit sandpaper
new T-shirt

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  1. hey nice trick !! really like your blog, full of fun stuff and ideas :)

  2. Thank you for sharing this tip! You found a new follower of me! :)

  3. Perfect ! I love this look & your blog is great ! Following you now, would love for you to check out my blog and follow back if you like it !

  4. Hieno paita, aika paljon vettä menee vaan hukkaan tuon kanssa..

  5. perfect! thnks for sharing!

  6. fantastista ! Oon miettinytkin, että miten uudesta paidasta sais paljon elävämmän.

  7. mmmm, So I buy a new shirt and then buy stuff to use them to make my new shirt look old!!!
    why can't I buy a new shirt and give it to a poor man and take his old one? and everyone be happy :)

  8. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 21, 2012. Thanks again.