I have been wanting a set of these for the boys and my childcare kids to play with. They can be used to create costumes for play acting, toting treasures, carrying dolls and more. At 36×36 inches they are fairly large and have many many uses. The other size I like is the 108×54 inch wide canopy size. This is the size you would use to drape over a play-stand to create a simple and fun club house or fort. Here’s the catch… The 36×36 inch ones are around $13.00 dollars each and the 108×54 inch ones are $65.00 each. So if I wanted 12 of the smaller ones and 1 of the larger ones it would come to $221.00 not including shipping! Oh my… I feel a little light headed just thinking about it.
So… here is what a frugal mama does!
- (12) of the 35×35 8mm Habotai Silk Scarves/ H835
- (1) of the 35×108 8mm Habotai Silk Veil/ HV8
Procrastinate much? I became so excited when I learned about playsilks and how much money I could save if I made them myself. Flash forward nine months later and I finally have them done. They are super uber easy that I could kick myself for putting them off for so long.
The two blogs that I found the most helpful when deciding to dye my own silks were MamaSeasons and Rocking Granola. Thanks to these fellow homeschool mama’s I was able to get all 13 of our silk scarves dyed, dried and ready for action while my littles slept today.
|A big pot of water with 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Soak your scarves in this for a few minutes before transferring them to the dye bath.|
- 2 cups Vinegar
- 2 cups Hot Water
- dye (3 packs Kool-Aid or 20 drops of food coloring)
I didn’t have the exact amount of Kool-Aid packets I needed so I improvised with a mix of Kool-Aid and food coloring. I used gel and liquid and they both work fine, but I think the liquid McCormick food coloring works better than the gel food colors.
NOTE: Keep your coffee pot going to have a continuous batch of super hot water. Thank you Rocking Granola for this idea!
|Red: 2 packets cherry Kool-Aid and a good size squirt of red gel food coloring|
|Blue: 2 packets Berry Blue Kool-Aid and 20 drops of Neon Blue food coloring|
Anyhow, I had 4 bowls that I dyed in and after I completed one set of scarves I rinsed the bowls and continued to use them for the other dyes. NOTE: use metal or glass. if you use plastic be sure you don’t care that it gets stained.
|Purple Started: 2 packages of Grape Kool-Aid and 20 drops of Neon purple|
|Purple Finished: See how it’s nearly clear compared to the above picture?|
|You will know your scarves are finished when the water appears mostly clear or a milky cloudy look with very little dye.|