How To Make Custom T-Shirt Designs Using Fabric Markers?

Your clothes are a way to express yourself and show the world who you are.

That’s not always possible with clothing right off the rack. The style may be right, but they’re missing something to make them truly reflect your personality.

If you want to add flair and personalize your clothing then one of the best options available are fabric markers. Keep reading to learn how to use fabric markers to decorate and design your own clothing designs.

Let’s get started!

Custom T-Shirt Designs Using Fabric Markers

How to Use Fabric Markers?

The great thing about fabric markers is that they are super easy to use and you don’t need a lot of extra supplies or complicated steps to create fun and unique designs on your clothing.

It’s important to make sure that you choose permanent fabric markers and not just some other permanent marker because those will bleed and not give you the desired effect.

Choose the Right Fabric| Cloths

While some fabric markers claim to be good on any material, there are some fabrics that are better than others for the best results when using them.

Clothing or fabric that is cotton or polyester are good choices when using fabric markers because there is minimum bleeding of colors, the fabric absorbs and sets the color so it won’t run or wash out.

It’s a good idea to wash and iron the material so that there is no dust or chemicals from the manufacturing process or previous use. This will make sure you are drawing on clean and wrinkle-free fabric, which will make it easier for you to get the design you want to turn out right.

Preparing For Your Masterpiece

Plan the design you want to make and how you’re going to do it. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have a clean and uncluttered work area. Ensure there is nothing on the surface so that your fabric doesn’t get unwanted stains or dirt on it while creating your design.

Lay the material out so that it is flat and smooth. Taping down the corners and sides of the fabric so that it stays in one place while you’re drawing on it will help.

Choose a Custom Design

There are limitless possibilities for what to do with fabric markers. Some people get all their friends to write a message or sign their name so that the material becomes a wearable autograph collection.

Another great option is to find a stencil or create one with the desired outline or design so that it is easier to get the shape and details right. You don’t want to be winging it and get halfway through when you realize it’s not the right shape.

If you can’t find a stencil with the design you want, you can always make one out of cardboard or plastic. Print a picture from the internet and cut out the outline you want to put on your shirt or clothing.

If you like to live dangerously and prefer to let your creativity just flow, you can always draw something freehand and see how it turns out.

So, Set and Enjoy Your Design

It’s a good idea after you’ve drawn your design with the fabric markers that you throw the material in the dryer or use a hairdryer on the design to heat set the ink. This way it won’t run or bleed when wet or in the washer.

A Whole New Wardrobe

Whether you want to know how to use fabric markers so you can decorate new t-shirts at camp or are looking to add some color to a boring wardrobe, you’re ready to start!

So grab some markers, let your creative juices flow and your imagination go wild so you can be styling in your own unique designs.

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Loard Eva

Hi there! I’m Eva, artist, designer, photographer and mom of three little gentlemen altogether. When I’m not playing with my kids, you’ll find me researching and writing for ChooseMarker.

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