Fabric markers can help you turn a plain tee, handbag, or pair of shoes into a work of art. They can also breathe new life to garments that have become dull or redesign clothes that have bled.
Before shopping for the right markers, check the qualities of the fabric you'll use. In general, choose markers with thick ink that settle on the fabric surface, don't bleed and don’t fade. For darker coloured fabric, opaque paint markers will help your chosen colours stand out better. You must also decide on your design and the number of colours you'll need. For versatility, pick dual-tipped markers that have a fine tip for outlines and detailed drawings and thicker tips for shading. To help you choose, here are our top picks for the best fabric pens in 2021.
These 24 fine-tip markers use richly pigmented German ink to produce intense hues. The set includes rainbow, fluorescent, and earth colours.
The ink dries quickly without heat setting, and the designs you make using these fabric markers will last long due to the ink’s fade-proof and colourfast properties. They’re also non-toxic, making them safe for children to use.
Stretch your creativity with this 40-piece set featuring markers with a chisel-style nib. To use, first shake the pen and then press the tip hard on scrap or blotter paper before proceeding with colouring your fabric.
Its medium ball (0.7-millimetre) tip is for outlines. Meanwhile, the full chisel tip (2-millimetres) is for filling in colour. Each fabric marker set contains 29 basic, four metallic, five fluorescent, and two skin colours. The sets passed ASTM (US) and EU safety standards. Each water-based and acrylic marker features a seal ring, which keeps ink from leaking or drying up. Once any of the tips get frayed, you can remove it and get one from the set of 10 replacement tips.
Works like a paintbrush
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By Melissa Bartholomew
Melissa is a clinical pharmacist licensed for practice in multiple US states. Her expertise stems from her near-decade long experience in the industry. Melissa began her pharmacy journey with her undergraduate biology and chemistry degrees, and later went on to earn her doctorate in pharmaceutical and health sciences. When she is not working, she is spending time with her children and furthering her passion for wellness.