Creating a design on fabric with permanent marker

Using permanent fabric marker to create a design on fabric is such an easy project.  I made some cute towels to go with the re-purposed vintage kitchen cart to bar cart.

For this project I got a pack of 2 bar towels at Walmart. They’re 100 cotton, about 30′”x 30” and are fairly thin, which it great for this project. I washed, dried and ironed them and was surprised to see that they didn’t shrink. You can also find similar towels online.

Next, I printed out clipart from a program that’s on my computer, and now I was ready to trace the design with my permanent fabric marker.

tracing design on fabric with permanent marker

Before you start tracing, make sure the fabric is smooth and held tightly in place, I used large office clips and paper clips.

tracing design on fabric

There was just a little feathering from the ink but it didn’t bother me. After I was finished tracing, I ironed the design to help set it and then washed and dried it again.

permanent marker on fabric, holiday bar towel

And here is the finished towel. I was surprised that some of the feathering washed away but so happy that the design didn’t fade.  

bar cart from vintage 3 tiered kitchen cart, permanent marker on fabric bar towel

It’s so ca-uute!

These towels are fairly large and if I make more I’ll cut them into smaller sizes before I trace on a design.   I‘ve seen designs made with sharpies on pillows, but for this project I was really concerned about the design washing away and it didn’t! Yeah!

permanent marker

The permanent marker I used has a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the other.

What an easy project with so many possibilities! Think about tracing your child’s hands or their artwork on kitchen towels or making thanksgiving or Christmas napkins. Endless ideas for gifts too!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

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Comments

  1. Great project, Debra! This would make for a great gift idea, too. I’m glad to hear the image didn’t fade afterwards. I’ll have to make sure I get one of these fabric pens to have on hand.
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  2. Debra Lee says:

    I think I will have to try this with the colored sharpies!

  3. Kerriann says:

    An answer from an expert! Thanks for cotiutbrning.

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