I don't know about you, but I make a total mess of my hands when I trace out my teddy bear patterns. I always get marker on my fingers and fingernails, and that stuff does not wash off easily!
So I finally realized the obvious - if I wear gloves while tracing the patterns, my hands will stay clean! I use regular rubber gloves for cleaning. They are thinner and easier to use than dishwashing gloves. I found mine in the cleaning aisle of the grocery store. I've also seen them in auto parts stores.