Step 1: Let's Get Started!
Colorhue Instant Set Silk Dyes - we used #1 Rose, #2 Turquoise, #7 Goldenrod
3 small bowls or Tupperware type containers
Dharma Professional Textile Detergent to pre-wash scarves in
Warm water to dilute dyes and soak scarves in
Step 2: Wash and Fold
Note: Adults should help younger kids with folding/pleating with the iron or let kids fold the damp scarves without ironing, the folds will be less crisp but that is ok.
Folding your Scarf:
Fold in half lengthwise and press gently with iron on medium setting
Fold the facing edge of the scarf down to the center fold and press gently with iron
Flip scarf over and fold the other edge down to the center fold and press
Next decide if you want to fold triangles or squares/rectangles
Step 3: Triangles
Starting at one end fold over the corner of the pleated scarf upwards to form a triangle. Press gently.
Fold the triangle backwards along the straight edge and press gently
Fold down the triangle along its long edge and press gently
Keep folding back and forth like this along the length of the scarf, gently pressing with the iron after each fold
Once the whole scarf is pleated up use a silk clip or two to help hold it all in place
Step 4: Squares and Rectangles
Starting at one end fold over the scarf end to form a square or pull it over a little more for a rectangle. Press gently.
Fold the square/rectangle backwards along the straight edge and press gently
Keep folding back and forth like this along the length of the scarf, gently pressing with the iron after each fold.
Note: When doing your folds you want to mimic an accordion, folding back and forth to alternate the edges, otherwise you will end up with a roll and have very different effects from your dyeing
Ok, now that the hard part is all done, it's time to add some color!
Step 5: Dyeing With ColorHue
Grab the first scarf (we picked the triangle) and soak it for a few moments in the warm water to set out the scarf, squeeze out the excess water and double check that your pleats as are tidy as you want them. Take off the silk clips, the damp silk will hold together from here on out.
Starting with the yellow, dip an edge or a corner of your scarf into the bowl, hold it in the dye for just a few seconds.
Lift it out and then turn it to the next corner or edge you want to dye red (rose). Dip the edge/corner and hold it for a few seconds.
Dip the last edge in the blue (turqoise), hold it for a few seconds and pull it out. Set your scarf aside to dry. Grab your next scarf a go through the process again.
Step 6: Other Variations
Step 7: Let 'em Dry and You're Done!
Now your scarves are ready to wear or give as gifts. Or maybe you had so much fun you need to make more!