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March 6, 2008 / erin

“faux braille” tees

Jess and I made some of these for Valentines Day, and I have had some requests for instructions.

A black tee
A spray bottle filled with a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water.
Coins or other round waterproof markers to make the braille dots.
(you will need six for each letter/character.)
A plastic barrier to put inside your tee, so that the design does not bleed through.
Braille alphabet, and word or phrase you would like to put on your tee.

Step one:

Lay tee out flat on work surface. Place barrier inside of shirt (Mine was a flexible cutting board.)
lay out flat, smoothing out any wrinkles.

Step two:

Lay out what you want to say.  there are many braille links out there, but I’m just going to link to one.

Each braille cell holds six dots.  I find it easier to lay out the complete braille cell, to make sure things are straight and where I want them.

Step three:

Remove dots that are not needed.

Step four:

Take your spray bottle of bleach.  Make sure it’s set to a misty spray. Spray the area. where your markers are placed.

Step five:

Watch for your tee to lighten, when you are satisfied with the the color, CAREFULLY remove your markers, rinse tee in cold water then dry.

Enjoy.  My apologies for picture quality. Oh, mine says "k1 p2".



  1. jen / Mar 6 2008 12:09 PM

    that is such a cool idea!!!
    how come i didn’t get one that said i love you?

  2. carma / Mar 6 2008 1:46 PM

    Oooo I want one!
    You are a genius.
    Oh and that washing machine of yours… That is in fact the vintage The Boy collects.

  3. Robyn / Mar 6 2008 3:57 PM

    That’s pretty neat! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. wendy / Mar 7 2008 9:12 AM

    When I saw the title I thought you were going to use puffy paint stuff and then I imagined all those blind males wanting to read your

  5. Laurie / Mar 7 2008 8:21 PM

    That is SOOOOOO neat! Great idea. (Heading to Tom’s closet to steal some t-shirts – he’ll never miss them!)

  6. trek / Mar 8 2008 8:41 AM


  7. Katie / Mar 8 2008 5:18 PM

    We have gotten so many compliments on Little Miss Sara’s!

  8. Carol / Mar 9 2008 12:52 PM

    Wherein my hubby would immediately lose his sight. Very cool project!

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