DIY Silk Scarf Dye

Today I thought I would dye some silk scarves. These light weight accessories are perfect even in the summer, yet still carry over to the Fall and in the South I can even get away with wearing them all through the winter months.


I purchase my scarf blanks from Dharma Trading Company. These are called Habotai Scarves and only cost a few dollars each. They come in a good variety of sizes too.

I also chose to use Jaquard Acid Dyes for these.

You will also need:

Distilled White Vinegar.

Containers to mix Dye

9 x 13 microwave safe Baking Pan

plastic spoons

Keep in mind that you should never use utensils or containers that are used for cooking with this type of dye.  The dyes are not extremely dangerous, but they do contain chemicals that should not be ingested.


Begin by mixing 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of the vinegar. Submerge the scarf into this mixture.


Put 1/4 cup of water into each container (one for each color). Add a scant 1/8 of a teaspoon dye powder and mix well.

Remove the scarf from the vinegar solution and gently wring out the liquid. It should still be wet, just not dripping. Arrange it in the baking pan allowing it to form creases and pockets.


Take the plastic spoon and dribble one of the colors onto the fabric. Microwave on high for one minute.


Pick up the scarf (careful not to burn yourself) and rearrange it in the dish. Now add another color as before. Repeat the process of adding dye and microwaving until you have used all of the colors.



I like to set the microwave on for 2 minutes for the last time, just to be sure everything is fully set.


Rinse well under cool water and hang it out to dry.


I LOVE how these come out! I’ve never had one that did not look fabulous. They make terrific gifts too. No one will believe that you made it.

To care for them all you need is to hand wash using a gentle detergent and hang dry.

I have a few of these for sale in my Etsy shop :-)


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