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Crayola Fabric Crayons

Reported By: Susie Ziegler

Crayloa Fabric Crayons
Crayola crayons are standard in most homes with kids. My children’s school requires this brand specifically as part of our school supplies. These fabric crayons are part of Crayola’s specialty crayon line. They are formulated so that they will be permanent on fabric after heat setting with an iron. Crayola indicates that their Fabric Crayons have better adhesion with 100% synthetic fabrics. Fabric should be at least 50-60% synthetic for less fading.

Once, I was faced with large swaths of blank areas on an embroidery project. More stitching was necessary, but I was under the wire to get my project finished for a gift and I got the idea to color in the areas with these fabric crayons. The crayons were very inexpensive and easy to find. I colored right onto my fabric and then set the color with my iron and a press cloth. It worked great and grandma got her mermaid pillow just in time for Christmas.

In the two years this little mermaid has been on display at Grandma’s there has been no fading or alterations to the color, even though the fabric is 100% natural cotton. Grandma doesn’t launder that first fabric crayon project, so I got curious about how these fabric crayons will stand up to the laundry.

We tested the product on some squares of synthetic blend white fabric I had at home. My daughter drew pictures right onto the fabric. We also tried drawing onto a separate page and then we heat set all our samples with an iron to set the color.


It was very quick and easy to get started with this project. The only preparation I did was to iron a piece of freezer paper to the back of the fabric to make a better drawing surface. We would have liked to have a larger variety of colors to choose from though. There are only eight basic colors here. The package has no red, but my daughter didn’t care: “I love magenta!” she said. Before heat setting, the wax sort of sits on the surface of the fabric and the color doesn’t quite look right, particularly with the purple and the green. After heat setting, the texture evens out and the color soaks right in. Daughter and I both liked the effect of coloring right onto the fabric better than doing the side drawing on paper and then transferring it.

Here’s what our samples looked like after washing and drying in our regular wash cycle:

I’m pretty impressed! Some fading occurred from the very intense before washing color, but not nearly as much as you might expect. The thick twill in the upper right really held the color well, even though it is 100% cotton. The black crayon especially changed to a stony grey. Magenta got a bit more pink. I’m not sure that this is the best method to use on items you will launder regularly (like napkins or dishtowels) but on less washable things like tote bags or pillows, color away! It would be best to follow the package instructions and wash in cold water then line dry your colored in fabrics. Find some synthetic fabrics for best results with these.

The heat setting is absolutely not a skippable step. We laundered a drawing without ironing it first and it almost completely faded, although not entirely. Use a piece of plain white paper between your drawing and your iron to protect your iron from goo.

Pros:

  • Easy to use. They color just like ordinary high quality crayons
  • Readily available
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Only a few colors available: no red!
  • Colors look a little murky before setting with iron
  • Probably best to use care in the wash
  • Synthetic fabrics are preferable (For me this is a con since I am a cotton fabric hoarder.)

I give these crayons an overall score of 8 out of 10, mostly because I want to use more colors. I got my Crayola Fabric Crayons at my local Hobby Lobby, but they are available online at Amazon and many other retailers.

 

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7 Responses to Crayola Fabric Crayons

  1. Jessica August 24, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks so much for this write up! i have some of these but have never used them. Now that i’ve seen the results and have some tips i’m inspired to make something! Have a great day!

  2. Heather September 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    I just picked these up at Hobby Lobby also, along with the Crayola fabric markers. Thank you very much for your tests and hints! I can’t wait to play with them, just in time for secret Christmas projects.

  3. Kathleen January 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks so much for writing this up. I have crayola fabric crayons that I used on a night shirt for my mom a couple years ago. We followed the instructions and my son colored on a paper before transferring the image with an iron. The shirt was 50% cotton & 50% polyester. She just checked and said if it has faded at all, she can’t tell. And she puts it through the dryer even though the box says to line dry. I’m considering using these for some blocks in a baby’s quilt I’m working on, but red is one of the main colors and I’d forgotten the crayons didn’t give a true red. Thanks for the helpful reminder & useful tips!

  4. Incredible Joie August 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I’m very grateful for your very useful commentary on fabric crayons. It saves me the trouble of having to experiment on my own to see the effects of coloring directly on the fabric, laundering, etc.

    I’ve had a box of fabric crayons sitting in a drawer for a couple of months already; I’ve put off the project because I was worried my young daughter would be frustrated by the results. But now I see how great it works out, I’m really eager to try it. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous March 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    I decided to use these for my daughters 4th birthday to let her friends mKw favors. I did try it first and thought it would work okay. The kids colored a page and we transferred, which is supposed to result in lighter colors than directly coloring on fabric. Well it should state that it is so light that it’s not worth trying. I was so bummed,and actually pretty embarrassed to send them home with the kids. Coloring didecly on the fAbric was too difficult for the kids very disapointed in a company that should be better than that.

  6. María Tenorio September 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I’ve been making fabric dolls, painting them with regular Crayola crayons. I have not yet washed the dolls.
    My question is: you know if there is a significant difference between regular crayons on fabric and fabric crayons?
    Thanks for your note and tips.

  7. Linda July 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I just bought these then realized the material said synthetic. So I REALLY appreciated your advice! I have pale yellow 100% cotton! Thanks!
    Linda