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How to Draw on a Shirt With a Sharpie

Updated February 21, 2017

Sharpies are permanent markers that come in every colour of the rainbow. They can be used to customise and personalise just about everything, including fabric. Drawing a design on a T-shirt with a Sharpie marker is simple and fun. It is a craft kids may like doing at a birthday party or other event, or just a way to liven up a plain, white T-shirt.

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  1. Slide a thick piece of cardboard inside the T-shirt. This will keep the Sharpie from bleeding through to the other side of the T-shirt while you are working.

  2. Draw on the shirt as you desire.

  3. Seal your design into the shirt by pressing it gently with a hot iron for just a few seconds.

  4. Turn your creation inside out and wash it in cold water, hanging the T-shirt to dry.

  5. Create your design on a piece of white paper with a dark-coloured Sharpie.

  6. Insert the glass or clear plastic inside the T-shirt to keep the marker from bleeding through.

  7. Lay the T-shirt on a glass-topped table and place a bright lamp underneath the table.

  8. Slide your paper with the design on it under the top layer of the shirt, above the glass or plastic. The lamp should illuminate your design through the shirt so you can easily trace it.

  9. Trace your design carefully onto the T-shirt using your paper design as a guide. Follow the above directions to seal in your design with the iron, and wash and dry your customised T-shirt.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Cardboard insert
  • Sharpies
  • Iron
  • Piece of glass or clear, heavy plastic
  • Glass-topped table
  • Lamp

About the Author

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.

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