Thursday, September 18, 2008

Makin' Silks...

Play silks are an amazing toy. They can be almost anything! Abby has used hers as a sling for her baby doll - a baby blanket - a hat - a cape - a scarf...you name it! The uses are endless so they are perfect for pretend play & dress up! I got my first two playsilks in a swap on www.diaperswappers.com by a Mom who was making them so I thought it was the perfect option. There are some toy companies that also make them and they are also able to be found on www.etsy.com but seriously...what could be more fun then making them yourself?! Especially when the cost to buy them is between 10-20.00 depending on size. I bought my silk scarves are available from Dharma Trading Company. They are available in a variety of weights, textures and shapes. I bought 10 of the squares 30x30 and 2 of the 45x45 -- I ordered them on Monday and they arrived by Wednesday!!! I only spent 43.00 and that includes tax & shipping! Today I dyed some with my friend Ellen and of course with the help of Abby - they came out PERFECT! My plan is that I'm going to use these as part of Christmas gifts for a few of Abby's little friends and of course Abby's going to get a bunch for Christmas as well!!! The silks come in white and black...I bought all white. You can keep them white or dye them. I used the Kool-Aid Dyeing method in the microwave. It was super super cheap & easy! 1. Soak scarf in a bowl of hot water with a splash of vinegar for about half an hour. 2. Mix 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar and 3 packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid in the color of your choice in a large glass bowl. 3. Add the scarf and cover with plastic wrap. The scarf should be loosely placed and not tightly wrapped into a ball as you want the dye to permeate through the fabric. 4. Microwave on high for three minutes. Allow to sit for three minutes. 5. Carefully (watch for steam) remove the plastic wrap and stir using a fork. Replace plastic wrap. 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 and then repeat again. 7. After three cycles of heating and resting, allow dye to cool. When it is cool enough to handle, remove scarf and hang to dry. Wash in cold water, dry on low and iron. You now have your very own silk! (I'll try and add a picture of the ones I dyed after I finish washing them all)!

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