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Sharpie Pens and Rubbing Alcohol Muslin Scarf Tutorial

A friend shared a pin she found on Pinterest of combining Sharpie pens and rubbing alcohol.

I tried the technique on paper, then I tried it on a scrap of fabric. I liked it much better on the fabric.

The Stained markers didn’t work very well, meaning they didn’t react much with the alcohol. I guess that is the point, they are made to be permanent.

It was fun watching the Sharpie pens and the rubbing alcohol move through the fibers. Caution: work in a well ventilated area.

I didn’t hem the scarf and I don’t plan to. If you don’t like to sew, this is perfect for you.

Gather your supplies:

  • Sharpie pens
  • rubbing alcohol
  • muslin fabric – I’m using a very inexpensive muslin cut to 15″ x 75″
  • eye dropper
  • rubbing alcohol
  • iron or dryer
  • something to protect your work surface – I used Freezer Wrap.

It’s a simple process:

  • Draw on the fabric
  • Drop rubbing alcohol on marker spots
  • Heat set fabric – I ironed fabric when it was dry
  • Wash fabric
  • Let dry
  • Wrap and go!

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