How to mark fabric for sewing
Hey y’all, today’s topic is a sewing beginner overview on how to mark fabric. There are a lot of tools that you can use to mark things like darts, pockets, notches, etc. Some of them are specifically designed for sewing, but some of my favorites actually aren’t.
I’ve got a video below showing a variety of marking tools from my own studio. You can also watch it on YouTube here if you prefer.
Supplies shown in the video (affiliate links)
- Tracing wheel
- Wax free tracing paper
- Mark b gone tracing paper
- Washable markers
- Dual marking pen
- Frixion pen
- Chalk cartridge set
Let’s go over a couple of things I didn’t specifically mention in the video. With the washable children’s markers, I prefer the fine line versions, and I choose the lightest color that will still show up on my fabric. Also, these are the best tool I’ve found for marking fleece, velour, and other fabrics that are fuzzy or piled.
This is the chalk cartridge set that I use. I often use pins to push through the pattern at corners of pockets or dart points and then lift the pattern to mark a chalk dot at the pin points. Then I remove the pattern and connect my dots with a ruler for full markings.
If you use the wax free tracing paper repeatedly on the same pattern, particularly if the pattern is printed on tissue, you may find your pattern falls apart at the markings. So when I plan to use a tracing wheel on patterns that I think I’ll use more than once, I like to reinforce marking lines with clear tape BEFORE tracing them onto fabric.