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Best Fabric Markers

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Designing clothes and aprons or printing fun designs on shoes are great ways for kids and adults to express themselves. Fabric markers offer kids a world of creative opportunities, like inking their favorite words on customized clothing. We’ve taken a look at several fabric marker sets and made our list based on factors such as the range and brilliance of colors offered in each set, marker durability and ease of use.

These Crafts 4 All Fabric Markers use rich, pigmented dyes that ensure color retention after the ink is applied to the fabric. The inks are long-lasting and do not fade quickly, even after washing. They work well on a variety of fabrics.

Best Fabric Markers have bullet-style tips that offer precise control while coloring. The markers dry quickly on fabric and, once dry, the colors are permanent — even if the fabric is machine-washed. The markers do not bleed and work well for creating fine lines and intricate designs.

These Crayola Fabric Fine Line Markers can be used on both light- and dark-colored cotton or polyester-blend fabrics. Locking in the color is simple, accomplished by simply running the fabric through a dryer cycle. The colors remain vivid even after they have been heat-set.

These Tulip Fabric Markers dry quickly and permanently without requiring any heat. In addition to being great fabric markers that go on smoothly and evenly, they are also a good option for use on paper or other craft materials. The marker tips do not dry up even after extended use, giving them plenty of longevity for months or even years of fun.

Creative Joy Permanent Fabric Markers are a dual-tip option, which makes it easy to create a variety of different designs. The fine tip can be used to create detailed and intricate drawings, while the chisel tip is great for filling in large spaces. The markers offer complete saturation and are a good option for use on colored textiles. The caps click securely into place, preventing the markers from drying out when not in use.

Expert Commentary

Let your creativity shine with fabric markers! The vibrant colors come to life on fabrics, and varying tip sizes are great for multiple needs, from thicker or finer lines to color-in spaces. There are even dual-tip options so you can get two products in one. You’ll find so many uses for these — recently, I used them for a baby shower and all the guests had so much fun decorating bibs for the new baby.

Our Expert Consultant

Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.