Fabric Marking for the Creative


  • FEATURE ARTICLE:  How To Mark a Doodle on Your Fabric

FEATURE ARTICLE:  How To Mark a Doodle on Your Fabric

Want to know how to  mark a complicated design on your fabric for quilting later?  It’s so easy, you’ll smack yourself upside of your head that you didn’t think of this yourself!  I know I did. 🙂  Refer to the gallery of pics below.

1.  Get your doodle or clip art and a piece of clear acetate and trace the main lines with a Vis a Vis marker.  (This is will wash off with water so you can reuse the acetate).

2.  Copy your tracing with a copier onto regular paper.

3.  Grab your fabric (pre-fuse the back if you like), place a sheet of Transdoodle transfer paper under your copy and on top of your fabric, powdery side down.  Then trace with a ball point pen and make sure your lines are transferring onto the fabric.

4.  Hints:  Pre wash fabric to get any sizing or other gunk off your fabric.  Apply pressure with your pen to make sure lines transfer.

 How is this useful?  In soooooo many ways.  Say you want to copy a portrait of your pet, but you don’t trust your drawing skills.  Or an entire city scene in a photo, but shucks, you never learned perspective drawing.  Or a really good doodle you made and want to use as a quilting design.  I think you get the picture!  Where can you get this magic Transdoodle?  Go to Mistyfuse.com and order from my friend Iris.  I don’t get a kick back, I just really like the stuff.  It’s also easy to remove, with a little damp sponge and water, but not until after you’ve quilted it.  How about you- do you have any easy ways to mark your fabric?

It’s stuff like this that will be included in my ROCK YOUR QUILTING RETREAT coming up next month.  If you are interested in finding out more, just email me- roxane@roxanelessa.com



Rock Your Quilting Retreat

April 26, 27, & 28

Benson, NC 

More about this soon!

May 25: Fused Applique and Paint Class, Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill



I wanted to tell you how much I really enjoyed the two + days with you.  I have taken at least 2 free motion quilting classes before taking your workshop and purchased an expensive stitch regulator foot for my sewing machine but never felt confident enough to do free motion quilting on a quilt. I was always afraid I would ruin the quilt.  After your workshop, I can free motion quilt with confidence without the stitch regulator foot!  I truely value your coaching style of teaching.  Your encouragement and constant nudges when discomfort/anxiety diverted focus from the task of learning free motion quilting technique were extremely valuable. ~ Nora Rhode

About Roxane

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat.  She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me.  We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email:  roxane@roxanelessa.com

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One thought on “Fabric Marking for the Creative

  1. I love all of the Misty Fuse products also-great use for the Transdoodle paper-never thought of using it this way!

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