Sharpie Stained Markers – Making a Keepsake Baby Shirt

Sharpie just sent me a new line of markers they just released. They are called Stained by Sharpie. The markers are permanent fabric markers and let you get creative on anything fabric, canvas or cloth.

They couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The kids were home for summer break and were itchin’ for something fun to do.

I pulled out some old t-shirts I had stored away to tie dye (several of them had stains on them. So, I had planned to renew them anyway.)

The shirts are easiest to draw on if they are stretched taut over cardboard.

I decided it would be fun to let the boys decorate a baby shirt for their new little niece who will be born in September.

I drew out my words with pencil on the baby shirt. Then started using the Stained markers.

The markers are very easy to use. They will drag or bleed on the fabric if you use too much pressure. But, if you draw lightly and quickly they are just like using a pen.

I doodled flowers and a design using black, purple and green.

Then carried the design over to the back (including a strategically placed bee covering up what might have been a spit up stain. Shhhh, don’t tell my sister.)

Then I called in my little Picassos and turned them loose.

They really had fun coloring in the lines. They left no section of shirt uncolored. (Aren’t band-aids just the cutest on little kid fingers. It makes me want to kiss the little boo boo.)

Our only complaint (being the artistic family that we are) is that we really wanted more colors! A light blue and light green would be nice. With all the colors regular Sharpies have, we hope the company will not disappoint and will soon have the same rainbow of assortment for the Stained Fabric Markers.

I gave the shirt to my sister for the new baby while I was visiting her. She already washed it once and reported that the ink held up just fine.

Isn’t this a cute keepsake for a new cousin? We think so. What would you use Stained markers on? I’m already thinking a plain canvas tote may look nice decorated with some art.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sharpie sent me a set of complimentary Stained markers to try. I was not paid for this post or told what to write. All projects and opinions are my own.



  1. How fun! I’m notorious for dripping food on myself, so I would use these to create some strategically placed designs over my salad dressing stains. :-)

  2. Love these and your shirt! Very cute.

  3. What? Maddie and I were just talking about how Sharpie should make fabric markers! I had to buy a pack from some other company that had a very limited array of colors in each pack. Next project…

  4. What a great idea by Sharpie. You know those fabric paints can be just so messy sometimes! I agree that the color choice is a bit limited especially if you are attracted to the pastel line of their markers like I am. However, these would be great on just about anything…pillowcases for my little one, my beach tote (that is so boring beige), my beige apron I wear when cooking….you name it…Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Gotta try these. I’m a sucker for anything Sharpie! But I agree – more colors!!!

  6. You all did a wonderful job on that baby’s shirt. That is something I can use and hope to find in a local store. Oh the possibilities. Thamnks for sharing.

  7. love your new header!!!

    and my 14 year old would love to get hold of those markers. . she used regular Sharpies to make shirts or to have her friends sign shirts. . .and after a few washings they always fade. . .

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