Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Handmade Christmas: Play Silks

This year Santa brought play silks for Zoë. We bought them from Dharma Trading Company. I bought seven of the 35" square Habotai scarves and two of the 35 X 84" veils. I think some people use the satin silk scarves for play silks but I like the low sheen of the Habotai a little better. The veils are definitely thinner silk than the scarves, but that just makes them more fluttery.I dyed them in the microwave which was super fun, I have to say. I followed this tutorial. Since there was really no mess, I could dye these one at a time, here and there whenever Zoë was out of the house for a few minutes.

She loves the scarves and both kids use them a lot. Also all the neighborhood kids. We have lots of ballerinas, super heros, pirates and princesses. They also use them for fort building and as scenery for their train and building block play.

Zoë wasn't SUPER excited when she received the scarves on Christmas morning but it's clear that she's thinking of new ways to use them every day and they are used FAR more than her other Christmas gifts. So I think that they are a hit. And I want to make more.


Anonymous said...

i've been wanting to do this, but wondering if the kids are a little on the old side to really appreciate them -thanks for linking to sources!

Almostgreat said...

Wow!! The colors on those really turned out fantastic! So fun!

Allyson Hill said...

Thanks for sharing this with whip-up, you've given me the perfect gift idea for my niece!!! I just placed my order, can't wait to try it out!

twobadmice said...

Thanks a lot for posting this. I did it and had so much fun and we now have a dozen new playsilks! Yay.
Um, I was wondering, what flavor Kool Aid did you use to get your yellow? I had to dye our yellow twice, and it's still super pale.

Alisa said...

I had to dye my yellow two times too. The first time I used lemonade and it came out almost white. The second time I think I used something with pina in the title. Plus I left the silk in the dye water over night and it cooled down completely in the dye. I think that helped. It also helped with the red--none of it washed out.

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