Resolutions: Saved by a Sharpie

As I was checking the wearability of every item in my closet I noticed that several favorite shoes were scuffed in the toe area.  Not ready to kiss them good-bye, but not willing to wear them that way either, it dawned on me that a felt marker could be an instant repair tool.  The black ones were easy – I had black markers on hand.

But Michaels carries Sharpies in 28 colors including brown, navy, 3 shades of gray and red – a quick fix for $1.79.  If that color range doesn’t meet your needs, check out Copic markers’ assortment of 53 neutrals at $7.99 each.  WARNING: For color geeks, these could become highly addictive.  I think I counted 283 additional colors – enough to give a person serious debt.  As well as serious fun.

But back to the shoes – here’s one pair of mine to show the results.  And it’s not just limited to shoes …

I love my gray tote bag – it’s as neutral as black but not nearly as boring.  But I’ll admit, I tend to overload it (sound familiar to anyone?) so as the straps stretched just slightly under the excess weight, the synthetic edge strip started to crack and peel away.  That left the unfinished edge of the un-dyed filler showing – ugly!  Marker to the rescue again!

So now I’m on a roll.  My black jersey serplice top has a discoloration in the draped area.  Confession:  I’ve been wearing it that way and arranging the drape to hide the problem.  (I told you I an be pretty lazy).  But now I’m wondering if my Sharpies could rescue this one too.  Here’s the answer:

What “Sharpie Saves” could you perform in your own wardrobe?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Barbara on February 6, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    My husband wears suits and/or tuxedos regularly and has worn some to the point that the sleeve edge or lapel edge has worn through. When that happens we get a bit more life from it by trimming the loose threads and using a black marker to color the fray and any interfacing that is showing through. This has worked well for MANY years!

  2. TC Ferrito on February 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I used to work at a hospital and the nurses swore by alcohol wipes to clean black scuff marks off shoes. You sometimes have to get the yuck off before you can touch up the color. Yes, I’ve used Sharpie markers on my shoes. I’ve also used them to touch up fade marks on black pants. Or to cover up bleach spots. I’m going to buy a package of colors to cover my interfacing in buttonholes. Then I can color the interfacing to match the garment. No more white interfacing poking through.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Wow – some great tips! I dye my black and navy pants and jeans periodically to keep the color deep and dark, but I can see how a marker would work for small areas. And I LOVE the idea of coloring interfacing behind buttonholes – that’s just brilliant!

      • TC Ferrito on February 8, 2019 at 9:36 pm

        I also re-dye my dark pants and also wash them inside out to reduce fading. My front loader washer helps a lot. It’s gentler on the clothes.
        BTW Sharpie has a giant collection on every color and pen they make. I will post a link when I find it online.

  3. TC Ferrito on February 8, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    They are called Ultimate Collection. They come in 72 or 115 pieces. And they are available online and in stores. Check it out.

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