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DIY Craft: Marker-Dyed Fabric

DIY Craft: Marker-Dyed Fabric

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March 31, 2020

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

Step 1: 

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.

sketch with marker
Step 2: 

Use your permanent markers to draw your design.

marker sketch
Tip: Try drawing circles and multi-colored circles to create a color burst effect!

applying alcohol
Step 3: 

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.

applying alcohol
Tip: Dropping rubbing alcohol in the center of your circle designs will cause the colors to move outward in a beautiful burst.

finishing project
Step 4: 

Continue to cover as much of your design with rubbing alcohol as you like.

finishing project
Step 5: 

When you are satisfied with your design, allow your fabric to fully dry. After that, your fabric is safe to wash if needed.