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How to use FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers in your next quilting project

 

One of my favorite things to do is coloring on fabric.
FABRIC FUN Dual Tip Fabric Markers available at your local quilt or craft shop allow me to do this with absolute ease.

We’ll spend the next five days exploring some of the fabulous ways to use these versatile markers on cotton fabric.

A simple floral doodle using FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers
A simple floral doodle using FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers

Let’s start with the basics

FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers are dual tip meaning that they have both a thick and thin tip on each pen.

FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers have 2 tips for thick and thin lines
FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers have 2 tips for thick and thin lines

 

They’re permanent, odorless, non-toxic and fast drying, water resistant, work well on cotton-based fabrics and come individually or in two color collections of ten markers each, primary and brights.

All this makes them super versatile for use on clothing, accessories, home decor, quilting, and crafting.

 

 FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers primary colors collection

FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers primary colors collection

It’s a good idea to lightly pre-wash your fabric prior to coloring.
You can do this by hand or in the washing machine. No soap is needed, just a rinse with clear water. Remove before completely dry if using a clothes dryer to prevent setting the wrinkles.

Iron while still slightly damp and your fabric will be all ready for coloring.

Once colored, your fabric will need to be heat set using a dry iron on cotton setting.

Colored fabric is washable in cold or warm water.

Stabilize your fabric for successful coloring

You’ll get better results when coloring with FABRIC FUN markers on cotton fabric if you stabilize the fabric to stop it from shifting while you work.

There are a few simple ways to do this.

1

One of the easiest ways to keep your fabric stable for coloring is to iron plastic coated (not waxed) white freezer paper to the back. This is available at your local grocery store. Use a dry iron to set the cotton setting for best results.

This method is quick and inexpensive as the freezer paper can be reused several times.
Once coloring is complete simply pull the whole sheet of freezer paper off and save to reuse.

2

Another easy way to stabilize your fabric for coloring is to tape it to a piece of foam board or cardboard. Painters tape works well here.

Fabric taped in place on cardboard or foam board
Fabric taped in place on cardboard or foam board

3

You can, of course, use pins or tacks to attach your fabric to the cardboard or foam board.
Just be careful to angle the pins so that they don’t go all the way through.

Test fabric pinned on to foam board
Test fabric pinned on to foam board

Our preparation is done and we’re ready to start coloring with our FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers.

Join me tomorrow as we practice our basic coloring skills by customizing a printed fabric.
Oh the possibilities!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: How coloring your fabric meets up with a fabulous quilting experience

Julie Plotniko is a quilting teacher, blogger and designer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Teaching for almost 40 years, recent credits include Quilt Canada 2016 and 2017, many quilt guilds and groups throughout Canada and CreativFestival Sewing and Craft Shows in Victoria, Abbotsford and Toronto. When not on the road Julie works and teaches at Snip & Stitch Sewing Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her favorite things include free motion quilting (standard bed and mid-arm machines), precision piecing, scrap quilting, machine embroidery, blogging, designing and of course teaching. Julie believes that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to having confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards that life has to offer.

2 Comments

  1. Tammi Stillion

    Are you able to subscribe to this magazine and get it sent to your home?

    • Hi Tammi. QUILTsocial Magazine is only available in digital format. However it’s something we’ve considered and we may publish a print version in the future. Thank you for asking.

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