DIY Craft: Marker-Dyed Fabric
Fun meets fashion! Be inspired by the bright colors of spring and brighten up bandanas, napkins, t-shirts and more with colorful effects using permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. All ages can create designs, but adult supervision required—these vibrant designs won’t wash out!
Gather Your Supplies:
- Light-colored fabric such as cloth napkins, canvas bags, t-shirts, bandanas, etc.
- Alcohol-based, permanent markers (such as Sharpie brand)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs and/or pipette dropper
- Protective surface to work on such as cardboard or plastic
- Optional: pencil and ruler for planning design
If desired, sketch out a design lightly in pencil on your fabric. A ruler can be used to evenly space elements and draw straight lines.
Use your permanent markers to draw your design.
Tip: Try drawing circles and multi-colored circles to create a color burst effect!
In a well-ventilated area, use a cotton swab or a pipette dropper to apply rubbing alcohol over your design. The more rubbing alcohol you use, the more your colors will spread with watercolor-inspired effects.
Tip: Dropping rubbing alcohol in the center of your circle designs will cause the colors to move outward in a beautiful burst.
Continue to cover as much of your design with rubbing alcohol as you like.
When you are satisfied with your design, allow your fabric to fully dry. After that, your fabric is safe to wash if needed.