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Have you seen the speckled tees that are appearing everywhere? It seems like I can’t go into a store without seeing the adorable tee shirts that look a little bit like robin’s eggs. Here’s the deal, though. I cannot justify spending that much money on the latest on-trend tee shirt when my son will outgrow it or the trend will die within weeks. As a frugal mom, I really like to make sure that I can give my son something cute and on-trend to wear while still sticking to a budget. I trust Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club to keep his clothes clean until he outgrows them, but to make sure his style always stays fresh, too, I also have a great DIY tutorial for you to get your kids these cute speckled shirts without breaking the bank!
Start off with a clean white tee shirt (or a clean black tee shirt if you prefer a bleached speckle instead of a painted speckle). I love washing my tee shirts in Member’s Mark Laundry Detergent, and until 1/28/2018, you can save $2.00 on Member’s Mark Laundry Detergent at Sam’s Club with an Instant Redeemable Savings.
Place your clean white tee shirts onto a towel or other protected surface– you will get dye or bleach on your surfaces if you don’t! Make sure you’re opting for an old towel for this one.
Prepare your dye according to package directions, or place a small amount of bleach in a disposable container. If using bleach, be sure to wear gloves or otherwise protect your skin. Take a clean toothbrush and dip it into your clothing dye or bleach.
Run your fingernail across the bristles of the brush, directing the splatter toward the shirt. This will flick dye onto the shirt in a random pattern. You may get a few large drips that add character, but if you’d prefer to prevent these, hold a towel directly under the tee shirt with your other hand to catch them so only the small speckles land on the tee shirt.
Repeat with additional colors as desired. I found that two or three colors was really the sweet spot– any more and it looks a little muddy.
Following the instructions on the dye, wash your shirt for wear. I love using Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent every time I wash my clothes. When I’m trying to get out stains from popsicles or mud, or any of the other wear-and-tear kind of stains my son’s tee shirts see on a daily basis, it gets stains out the first time. It really is the perfect clean for my entire family! But for these tee shirts, it will wash off any dye residue so the shirts will be safe to wear.
Member’s Mark laundry detergent is available in your local Sam’s Club, and it is great because there’s a ton of performance at an exceptionally great value. Plus, with the Instant Savings Booklet, you’ll be able to get extra savings to make it an even better value! The formula was recently upgraded to give these formulas more stain fighting and whitening power for your clothes, to keep these tee shirts looking their best for the long haul.
Once you’re done washing and letting the shirts dry, you’ve got a fun, on-trend speckled shirt that’s perfect for your child to wear. My son is thrilled that he can dress just like his favorite YouTube stars or like the looks he’s been seeing in stores, and my wallet is happy that this was as affordable as buying tee shirts and dye that we can re-use to recreate the next big clothing trend!
I love that these are so easy to make. The whole family will want one for sure!
What trendy look is your child begging for?
Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to look for Member’s Mark laundry detergent at Sam’s Club and score $2.00 off with Instant Savings! You can find the entire Instant Savings Booklet here.