Tool Review Tuesday: Marvy Fabric Markers

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.

Featured Tool: Marvy Fabric 6 Marker Set – Brush Point by Uchida of America, Item #82455

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Winthur

What is this tool typically used for?

Coloring fabric.

Upon first glance at the markers, what were your initial thoughts?

The markers themselves are nice to look at–thick and solid-colored, and made out of heavy-duty plastic. The caps go on firmly and tightly so that the brush tips won’t dry out.

How did you use it?

I used it to color fabric. The markers are great because the brush tip makes it easy to color in large areas by making wide strokes with the side of the brush. For drawing details, I used the tip of the brush to make delicate strokes and marks. The flow of color into the fabric was great in both cases. I had a lot of artistic control using these brushes to color on fabric, and they were really fun to use.

How long did it take you to learn how to use them?

No time at all. It’s a little different than coloring on paper because the fabric absorbs the ink as you draw; otherwise, using these markers is exactly the same as coloring on paper.

What did you like best?

The markers feel great in your hand while you color, which is important if you’re coloring a large piece of fabric. Also, the colors are really nice and true – very vivid shades of black, brown, yellow, red, green, and blue.

What did you like the least?

The colors do bleed a little when first putting marker to fabric. They wouldn’t be my first choice for making fine detail artwork on fabric, but they’re perfect for coloring inside lines.

Could you see another potential use for these markers?

I could see using these markers to color on yarn or thread. They’d be great for signing your name or writing personal messages on finished quilts, or to fill out fabric tags.

Why do you NEED Marvy Fabric Markers?

Because it makes coloring in fabric FUN and FASTER than with a felt tip marker.

Who would appreciate Marvy Fabric Markers most?

These are perfect for:

  • Beginner Quilters
  • Intermediate Quilters
  • Expert Quilters
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  1. Ann - May 9, 2017

    The markers do work well for coloring fabric. Here are some hints from my experiences with permanent fabric markers. It helps to stabilize the fabric with freezer paper ironed on the back of the fabric. This gives more control for coloring and writing. Also, try to color the fabric before the project (like a pillowcase or tote bag) is assembled. If coloring a T-shirt, don’t forget to insert a piece of cardboard or wax paper to keep the ink from bleeding onto the back.

  2. Susan Seanton - October 22, 2017

    Wish they came in wider range of colors. Softer hues.