Friday DIY: Galaxy Shirt


Wearing the universe on your body is cooler than Pluto at the moment. The galaxy print is one for all those who really really wanted to be astronauts when they were little, but didn’t quite make it. You‘re just a few simple steps away from making your very own galactic design, with this handy tutorial by Rebecca from rebeccafuchs-Dsign.

You will need:

  • Dark shirt in cotton or viscose, blue or purple
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottles
  • Textile dyes (orange and black or similar)
  • Toothbrush (old)
  • Clothes (old) that can be dyed and bleached
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves



Lay your shirt on a workspace that you can get a bit messy (grass, old table top, etc.) because this can indeed get a bit messy. It‘s okay if the shirt‘s a bit wrinkled – I twisted mine in one place with two fingers a little, for a supernova effect.


You should wear gloves when applying the bleach. Spray liberally in points or broad bands and curves. Pull the nozzle out and squirt a few bigger stars in a stream on the sprayed “stardust”. Turn your shirt over (when wet) and repeat everything on the back. Let the bleach soak for about 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Allow to dry. And it’ll be looking fab already!

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Mix the fabric dye, making sure it’s as highly concentrated as possible (to get a vivid colour), and pour into the spray bottles. Just follow the instructions on the package. A little dye goes a long way! Spray the dye in the “nebula” areas of your shirt generously, and then spray a black dye on the unbleached parts, creating a “deep space” effect.


Now take a solid covering colour (e.g. orange), and spray or dab it onto your shirt using a toothbrush to create a “mist” effect, and also form a few bright stars, supernovas, comets, etc.


Let your dye settle for at least one hour, or however long the instructions on your package recommend, then rinse, and you’re DONE!

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