How to Mark Dark Fabric for Sewing and Quilting

How to Mark Dark Fabric for Sewing and Quilting


Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And today I’d like to share with you a tip that was shared to me by my mother many, many years ago. And when you go to mark your dark or medium-light fabrics, I have something that will mark it very easily. And it’s guaranteed to wash out and you will never have that marking on whatever it is you mark. And the reason it’ll wash out? Because you mark it with a bar of soap. Now I collect these little bars of soap when they’ve come out of the bathroom I will snap those up and well this one here is getting a little bit small. I need to replace that one. This i have used for so many years the soap has actually turned yellow. I figured it was time for a new marking bar of soap. And if you want a nice sharp edge and you don’t want to wait till it gets to that sharp edge in the shower, use a potato peeler and just peel the soap until you get that nice sharp edge. And well this will mark almost any color fabric except white and yellow. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Thank you for joining me today onTuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.

13 Replies to “How to Mark Dark Fabric for Sewing and Quilting”

  1. How ingenious 🙂 I would have never thought of this, but it makes perfect sense 🙂
    I have a stencil I want to mark onto black jersey, so I can then stitch it, Alabama Chanin style onto a piece of muslin backed gray jersey, to make a cushion. I read about people using bleach to mark the stencil, but I don't want to do that. This is PERFECT. Thanks for sharing 😀

  2. I like using the chalk for dark fabrics, and I can see where the soap would have worked for me before I started buying liquid soap. However, the idea to use the potato peeler to sharpen my chalk (I usually use chalk triangles that really do last forever, they just don't stay sharp on the area your marking) is very appealing since it's easy enough to just peel a bit to resharpen the chalk.

  3. Thanks for this tip.  It does work!  I'm trying to figure out how to mark fleece that has a fluffy nap on the back of the fabric.  Do you have any tips for doing this?

  4. if there was only some way you could demonstrate it? some sort of visual media that you could use to show your idea? i guess we will have to wait for technology to catch up…..

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