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Topic: What's your malfunction? Mine is Sharpies  (Read 2297 times)
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« on: September 23, 2009 10:00:59 AM »

OK. Soooooo, after reading many posts about Sharpies on fabric, I decided to give it a whirl.  Being the cautious crafter that I am, I practiced on an old shirt (old = lasted thru three kids, 5,000 washes, and too stained for Goodwill). After 1 test wash I am glad I didn't give all my clothes a Sharpie makeover!
I outlined the design with fine tip sharpies and filled it in with bold. Before the wash vs. after:

Yes, I have a HUGE Joel McHale crush/obsession and I wanted to make a shirt to show the world.  Why the ink splotches?? This is no way to honor my future husband (current husband: disregard my last statement)
Just practiced and tried out heart designs:

Red ink obviously not so permanent.

This one had a case of mistaken identity and thought it was a stamp. Did a good job of stamping itself onto my cloth shopping bag

WTF???  I used Sharpies. Like actual Sharpie brand permanent markers.  Am I totally crazy? I even left it overnight to dry before washing it this morning.  What's my malfunction??
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009 10:28:14 AM »

Oh, that totally stinks because I LOVE my Sharpies.  Glad you learned the lesson and not me  Wink

« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009 06:35:28 PM »

Did you iron it? I always sharpie my clothes when I'm bored, but you have to iron them for a good 4 minutes to make the image stay...

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010 09:05:31 AM »

setting them with an iron or in my case, I have an old gas drier that gets hot enough to set them.
Try, try again. Smiley

« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010 10:43:34 AM »

When you iron it, do you put anything between the fabric and the iron, or just place the iron directly on the fabric and ink?

Also, would this technique be okay for putting a design on something for a baby? I would think so, but I am far from knowledgeable about these things.

I LOVE the Joel McHale shirt btw.
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011 05:25:48 AM »

In my experience of making a lot of stupid camp shirts more fashionable - sharpies absolutely need to be set with an iron, and then washed separately.  The inner ink tube of a sharpie is a fiber, so putting it on fabric may dry it out a bit but it won't stay set like that because that is what it was stored in. does that make sense? anyways iron iron iron! a good three - four minutes.  you don't need steam.


« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011 08:05:02 PM »

Also, would this technique be okay for putting a design on something for a baby? I would think so, but I am far from knowledgeable about these things.

My little ones have quilts with words Sharpied on them.  It doesn't seem to have hurt them.  (Their drool eventually seems to make it bleed/fade.  But the "indelible" fabric markers were way worse.  Sharpie lasts much better.)

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