Fabric Pen by Ingrida Kazenaite
repairs clothes without stitching


Lithuanian designer Ingrida Kazenaite has developed a conceptual pen that would mend damaged clothes by "printing" over rips and tears.


Ingrida Kazenaite invented the wand-shaped device to repair old garments, so the wearer wouldn't have to throw them away as regularly.

"For most of us sewing and taking care of our fabrics is not a pleasurable activity," said Kazenaite. "Fabric Pen concept is meant to take care of all that for you while letting you express yourself through the process of creation of your clothes."


One end of the pen would scan the fabric to match the colour and texture, then the other end would spray the fibres onto the garment. Buttons on the case would allow the user to switch between the two functions.


"I can see something like this being manufactured in the next few years for cotton or polyester clothes, or to stop runs in tights or repair nylon," Kazenaite told Dezeen.


The concept is based on an existing spray-on fabric called Fabrican, which forms a non-woven layer of cross-linking fibres when applied.


Kazenaite's development involves the use of nanotechnology to make composite fabrics based on the clothing of the owner.

After scanning the pen would mix the molecular ingredients, like cellulose for cotton or polymer for synthetic fibres, and pigments needed to replicate the chosen material.


Nanoparticles in the fibres would make the repaired sections water and dirt resistant, as well as reduce odours trapped in the material, according to the designer.

"Building on the idea of a unified fabric particle delivery system as a way of creating fabric and an interest in sustainability, the Fabric Pen is developed to harness advances in 3D tech as a way to reduce waste," she said.


She proposes to make the body of the pen from bioplastics so it could be recyclable and degradable.

A clear element on the underside of the device would denote the cartridge for the particles, which could be replaced if it runs out or a different colour is needed.


Kazenaite believes that the technology could also be developed for medical uses, printing bandages or plasters onto the skin, or for other types of textile.

"The concept of fabric pen of course is most appealing to the regular consumer as a clothes mending product, but the usage of such product could be expanded way beyond that," she said. "Like the medical industry as a part of first aid kit to print a cast or a sterile bandage or in a business to retouch and repair upholstery, tents or other textile-based products."


Fabric Pen has reached the third stage of a competition for design and technology students run by Swedish product company Electrolux.

  • Thinker

    If I refill the cartridge with some DNA, blood and human skin cells, will I be able to repair and rebuild the wounds on my body super quickly with a skin layer, without waiting for 1-3 months to get a new coat of skin?

    • Ingrida

      Actually, spray on skins is already an existing and patented product used to enhance healing for burn victims: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/416149/spraying-on-skin-cells-to-heal-burns/

    • Romain_M

      A grafting wand would be so cool! And even without going into the whole “spray-on tissue” affair, a device that provides quick sutures could prove useful in the emergency room – dressing the wound with a self-contracting fibre sealant perhaps?

  • Pomo

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda.

  • Flood

    “Kazenaite invented the wand-shaped device…” Invented?!

  • Thinker

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Hmmm

    This is classic Electrolux Design Lab fodder. Shiny render of a cool form with some description of how it “would” work in some dreamworld where tech is tiny and 3D printing is everywhere.

    I’m all for a bit of blue-sky thinking but the Electrolux competition really isn’t doing today’s world of industrial design any favours. Had a look at some other entries and all I kept asking myself was: how is this people focused? Where is the proof of concept? And, most of all, aren’t there more important problems in the world to solve?

    Does. My. Head. In.

    • Romain_M

      Aren’t the projects you describe the kind of issues Skunk Works teams usually tackle ?

      Electrolux has successfully outsourced their futurology department, all the while garnering media support with very little cost.

      I agree with the fact that it all lacks focus, but enforcing constraints goes against the principles of a Skunk Works division (be they social, economic or technical).