Asked on Jun 12, 2020

Permanent fabric pens?



I’m in the process of making a stuffy for my 2 yr old granddaughter. I would like to paint on the eyes, nose, mouth. It of course will be washed so I wkould like to know if there are paint pens that would stay bright through washings.

15 answers
  • Betsy
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Hi Sharon: The best brands are: Jacquard, Tulip, and Liquitex I've used them all with great success. Make sure the paint is non-toxic, which most of these are. Good luck and happy sewing :) I love making toys for kids :)

  • Cindy
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Hi Sharon. Sharpie and Tulip are both good choices for permanent markers on fabric. The Sharpie set can be purchased at Wal Mart for $14 it's an 8-pack. You can pick up Tulip markers at Michaels for $3 each.

  • Peggy L Burnette
    Peggy L Burnette
    on Jun 12, 2020

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  • William
    on Jun 12, 2020

    I go the Sharpie markers but any fabric markers would work

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Hi! All excellent suggestions. Had you thought of embroidery or appliques instead? That's how I did all the dolls and little animals I did for for my girls. I taught myself some basic stitches and never had to worry about them holding up. The material tended to wear out first! Good luck and stay safe!

  • Redcatcec
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Sharpie markers would work great for this project. I like the idea of embroidery too. Not so sure appliques would be best because they can come off. unless very firmly attached.

  • K. Rupp
    K. Rupp
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Sharpies will probably be your best bet. You can get them in all colors. We have used fabric markers as well in this project:

    Those colors are still so bright on that pouch after a long period of time. I think I washed the pouch once and it was fine.

  • Linda
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Sharpie works for me and you can get it in lots of colors.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Michaels sells fabric pens or you could get them on eBay there are a couple of different kinds you want permanent kind after you finish your project and it’s dry put it in the dryer for about 20 min to set the color permanently.

  • Chloe Crabtree
    Chloe Crabtree
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Here are all kinds of them for you, pick the ones that will work for your project:

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Yes, there are a variety of markers you can get that are laundry safe as well as paint pens or paint in small tubes. My mother used to decorate sweat shirts and t-shirts and she had a wide variety of colors of the laundry safe paints.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jun 12, 2020

    Hello. Sharpie markers for work. In addition you can use acrylic paints with fabric medium with dilution to a one to one ratio.

  • Beth
    on Jun 13, 2020

    You could do something like this with fabric medium and colored pencils. It should be waterfast.

  • Sharon
    on Jun 15, 2020

    Thanks Beth. Interesting technique that I didn’t know about. I’m anxious to try it.

    Thanks once again to all my Hometalk buddies for your help.

    • Beth
      on Jun 16, 2020

      You're welcome! It's a cool technique. I've tried it and the colors are quite vibrant. It's nice to have such a variety of colors to choose from!

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jun 18, 2020

    Hi Sharon,

    Yes if not washed at too high a temperature!

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