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So the grandkids were over and they were drawing with their new markers. One of them drew on themselves and I got a little upset. Not at the kid, more about the fact his parents had just gotten him the shirt and I somehow let him draw on it. His mom though was OK with it. She said it would wash right out and that was why she bought the markers that she did. I had to know what kind of markers she bought. I was sure they were something special, something I had never heard of, they were magical right? No. They were just Crayola markers. Ultra-clean washable markers found in just about any store.
I had to test this out so I bought myself a box know if it didn't work I had markers for the kids. At first I just drew on a scrap and hand washed it. It came out. So I went all in, white fabric. All the colors in the box, ironed some of it, sewed over the lines, starched the fabric, left it sit for a couple of days, and I washed it in the washer with just Tide. So how did it work? I'll let you be the judge. NOTE: Even though I tested many scenarios please test before using.
I started with a piece of white fabric from my stash. This is a white on white print that's 100% cotton. It was not pre-washed. One of the things we noticed with chalk is it may washout just fine if it's not sewn. Sewing over it seems to lock the chalk in or the chalk dyes the thread I'm not sure, so I made sure to sew over some of the lines. We all know heat sets stains so I also ironed some of the lines, several times to make sure it was set. I used every color in the box on this piece of fabric.
Into the wash it went, with other stuff, normal settings. Nothing special except I do 2 rinses on my laundry. I waited on pins and needles waiting for it to get done because I just had to know how it was going to come out.
It's white!! No trace of color left on the fabric.
I was sold at this point. I knew there was more testing that would be needed. I know a lot of quilters starch their fabric so that had to be tested. I also know that sometimes we can't get back to something right away. So I needed to set up another test. I used the same fabric so this time it was pre-washed.
Still white and still wrinkled, really why can't it come out of the wash not needing an iron? I was a little nervous about this one. Starched on one end and left for two days on the other if any of them weren't going to wash out it was going to be this one. But it washed up just as well as before.
I used all 10 colors and as you can see the yellow didn't show up well at all. These won't work on black fabric and there may be some dark fabrics that they won't show up on either. Those are things most marking pens have issues with.
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