Marvy Uchida Fabric Marker Reviewed & Tested

Written by Laura Walker / Fact checked by Leilani Carroll

marvy uchida fabric marker review

Painting clothes and other merchandise is never complicated with a fabric marker. You can paint patterns and add details even if you are not an expert.

In this article, we’re gonna have a Marvy Uchida fabric marker review. They are one of the oldest fabric markers in the industry and let’s see what they can offer.

In short, these markers are pretty diverse, both in terms of ink colors and tip options. Their ink flow is decent as well, so you can rest assured that your artwork will be of high quality.

Marvy Uchida Fabric Marker: What is It?


Marvy Uchida fabric markers are  Japanese-made markers used for decorating clothing and accessories. They are produced by Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that has been in the business since 1910.

The Marvy Uchida fabric markers are available in different types, all of which are non-toxic and odor-less. Now let’s take a look at each marker’s features and specifications.

Marvy Uchida Fabric Marker Features and Specifications

1. Decofabric paint markersfor-shirts

Thanks to their lightfast ink, these markers do not smell. They feature a medium bullet tip and have to be activated before use.

For the paint to stay longer on the fabric, it must be heat set with an iron after application. These markers are sold individually; and the color options are as follows.

  • Basic
  • Metallic
  • Fluorescent
  • Pearl
  • Glitter
  • Glow in the dark

They are also sold in color sets.

  • Primary
  • Metallic
  • Black
  • Cosplay -Primary
  • Cosplay – Metallic

2. DecoFabric markers

These are fine-tip fabric markers that can be used for fabric detailing. They are made with opaque and waterproof paint, which stays permanent after drying.

Although this product line is specifically made for cotton, it works well with most other types of fabrics as well, including dark and light-colored clothing and even leather.

These markers are available in 37 colors. You can purchase them individually or in color sets.

  • 6 Pack
    • Primary
    • Complementary
    • Glitter
    • Pearl
    • Fluorescent
    • Jewel
    • Christmas
    • Halloween
  • 12 Pack
    • Assorted

3. Erasable fabric markersclothing-markers

These are bullet-shaped markers that are easily removed with water, making them ideal for temporary designs. This product line is available in white, pink, and lavender colors.

4. Laundry markers

Only available in black color, the Laundry Marker feature bold tip for shirts, underlining, and tags. Its permanent ink doesn’t have to be heat-set and works on most fabric, especially cotton.

5. Snow markersmarkers-for-drawing-on-clothes

The Snow Marker contains white ink that puffs after heating to mimic snow,  fluffy clouds, froth on beer, etc. It can serve as markers for fabric and on paper alike.

6. Deco just glitter premiummarkers-for-fabric

As the name suggests, this marker is just glitter and does not contain ink. The glitters are waterproof and require heat-setting.

It has a 3mm bullet tip for adding fine details to your clothing. This glitter marker is sold by:

  • 2-pack set: red and gold/green and red
  • 4-pack set: red, blue, green, and violet.

7. Graffiti fabric markersfine-tip-fabric-markers

These are permanent quick-drying fabric markers that don’t require heat-setting. The Graffiti fabric markers are available in the following color sets.

  • 6 Pack
    • Primary
    • Floral
    • Pastel
    • Fluorescent
  • 30 Pack Assorted Marker

8. Fabric ball and brush markersthin-markers

This product line features dual-ended fabric markers with a ballpoint tip and a brush tip. You can use these like a pen to write on fabric. These clothing markers are permanent and can resist chlorine washing. There are 12 colors in this line, and you can get them in the following color sets.

  • 6 Pack
    • Fluorescent
    • Primaries plus green, black, brown
  • 3 Pack
    • Back, red, fluorescent orange
    • Fluorescent(violet/pink/light blue)

9. Fabric markers

These are generic fabric Marvy markers sold in different packaging.

Fabric Markersfabric-marker-vs-sharpie

They have 3 tip types: Fine, bullet, and brush tip. The fine tip has a slender barrel, while the other 2 have a regular-sized barrel. These fabric markers are available in 26 colors and only sold in packs:

  • 6 Pack
    • Fluorescent
    • Primary
    • Brilliant
    • Bright
    • Pastel
    • Black
  • 20 Pack
    • Assorted

White Barrel Fabric Markerfabric-markers-permanent

This has a chisel tip that can do 3 different line variations and is available in 18 colors. The barrels and caps are colored according to their variants.

High-Quality Fabric Markerwashing-instructions

This marker family has three different tip types and 24 colors. The fine tips are thin markers, while the brush and the broad tip are thick pens that come in an extra-large barrel.

You can avail of these markers in singles or color sets. They are easy to use and do not need pre-washing or heating.

Black Barrel Fabric Marker

This category has two tip types: chisel and brush; the former comes in a regular-sized barrel, while the latter has a slimmer barrel. In addition, the chisel tip has 7 colors, while the fine tip has 4.

How to Use It?


The majority of the Marvy Uchida fabric markers are ready to use on pre-washed fabrics and do not need heat setting unless indicated otherwise.

DecoFabric paint markers

These fabric markers for drawing on clothes have to be activated first before you can use them. Here’s how you do it:

  • Hold the marker facing up and uncap.
  • Use your thumb to press the tip.
  • Recap the pen and shake it, still facing up.
  • Uncap and press the tip on a piece of paper until ink flows to the tip consistently.
  • If heat-setting is required, let the ink dry overnight first.
  • Set your dry iron to linen mode and place a clean white paper over the painted surface.
  • Slowly iron on the paper. Try not to stay in one spot too long to avoid burning the fabric, but don’t go too fast, as you might smear the ink.

Pros & Cons

  • Good ink flow
  • Firm tip
  • Can work on both light and dark-colored fabrics
  • Wide tip and color options
  • Works on leather
  • Odorless
  • Non-toxic
  • Quick drying time
  • The DecoFabric clings to the fabric while applying
  • Has a tendency to puddle up, avoid over-pumping.
  • The Snow marker might need a higher temperature to puff, depending on the material

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Frequently Asked Questions


Are Marvy fabric markers permanent?
Except for the Erasable fabric markers, most Marvy fabric markers are permanent, and you can wash them according to your fabric’s washing instructions.

What is the best removable fabric marker?
Every removable marker for clothing and fabrics has its own pros and cons, but if you want an erasable marker, you can try to use the Marvy Uchida Erasable fabric marker.

What is the difference between Marvy Uchida fabric marker vs Sharpie?
Marvy has a wider range of colors, tip types, and fabric marker options, while Sharpie only has two, the Rub-A-Dub laundry marker and the Stained marker. Marvy Uchida has more vibrant and solid colors than Sharpies too.

Read more: Sharpies vs fabric markers: which is better?


The Marvy Uchida’s range of fabric markers is enormous. They have different tip types and amazing specialty markers.

They also have a great color selection. If you want glitter, fluorescent, metallic, or glow-in-the-dark, you name it, and they have it.

We hope you’ve found the fabric marker that matches your interest in this Marvy Uchida fabric marker review. These markers are primarily sold individually, so you can definitely get one to try.

4/5 - (4 votes)

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