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How to Make Your Own Felt Tip Marker

A homemade felt tip marker is made from an all-natural pressed-cotton quilt batting that is an eighth to a quarter inch thick. This type of batting is available in fabric stores and many hobby and craft stores. An all-natural fibre is required to make a felt tip marker so the indigo ink is absorbed into the fibres. A synthetic fibre is made from plastic. Plastic does not absorb moisture, thus it will not absorb the ink correctly to make a homemade felt tip marker.

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  1. Open the seal (top) of a broad chisel tip marker casing and remove the felt tip marker centre. Discard the old marker centre. Set the casing aside.

  2. Place a quilter's cutting mat on a flat surface. Place the natural pressed cotton quilt batting on the quilter's cutting mat. Measure and cut a piece of natural pressed-cotton quilt batting 3-1/2 inches long by 1/8 inch wide.

  3. Put on the vinyl or latex gloves.

  4. Place the cut piece of natural pressed-cotton quilt batting in a shallow dish. Cover the batting with the desired colour of indigo ink. Allow the batting to soak for 30 seconds.

  5. Remove the ink-soaked natural pressed-cotton quilt batting from the shallow dish. Insert the end of the batting through the shaft of the broad chisel tip marker allowing it to protrude from the front end a quarter inch.

  6. Replace the seal (top) of the marker casing. Trim the quarter-inch end to the desired shape. For example, bevel cut the end of the marker at a 45-degree angle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Broad chisel tip marker casing
  • Scrap 1/8-inch thick natural pressed-cotton quilt batting
  • Quilter's cutting mat
  • Quilter's cutting wheel
  • Quilter's ruler
  • Shallow dish
  • Indigo ink
  • Vinyl or latex gloves

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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