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The Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers are the first fabric makers I have used and actually been happy with the results. The dual-tip allows you to use them for a variety of projects, and the neon colors are so vibrant and fun. These markers have a permanent ink that does not need to be heat set. Just wait 24 hours and it is safe for machine washing.
Working with the extra fine tip (shown below) is just like using a regular pen.
I tested each of the fine tip colors on a piece of natural color muslin fabric here.
And using the brush tip reminds me of using fine art markers.
I tested the brush tips on the muslin as well, angling the markers to get a broad stroke and then turning them to finish with a finer line.
I wanted to make sure that the pens really were permanent, so I did a color test to see if they would bleed after getting wet and scrubbed with soap. I outlined the circles with the fine tips and colored in with the brush tips. (Note the great color coverage with the brush tips!)
Here is the muslin before washing:
And here it is after washing:
I didn’t detect any color bleeding at all after waiting 24 hours, and using cool water and soap. I also tested the written words, and they were equally colorfast.
Of course I was doing my tests after dinner one night and my daughter wanted to help. I would say that the tips on these markers are not kid-proof. They aren’t designed for rough handling. The brush tip looked like this after a bit of drawing on the fabric by my helper.
One tip about the fine tips – you will want to hold the fabric taught or use a stiffener on the back of the fabric to get the best results when using them. The tips are so fine that they were getting caught in the loose fabric weave when I used enough pressure to get a solid line. But this is easily remedied by preparing the fabric piece before getting started.
I can’t wait to start labeling quilts with these markers, and maybe personalizing some tote bags and clothing!
- Permanent ink fabric markers with two different tips for each color.
- Colors are vibrant and you can get solid coverage with the brush tips.
- Perfect for writing on quilt labels.
- Marker tips are a bit too delicate for young kids.
- If using a loose weave fabric (like the muslin I tested with), you will need to pull it taught or stiffen it before using the extra fine tips.
Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers retail for $1/each (or less) depending on the size of the set, and are available on Amazon.com.