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Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Once again I’ve created a DIY gift that I want to keep for myself! It’s true, I’ve fallen in love with these stenciled and dyed scarves that I created this week. In particular, I’m rather fond of the blue/gray and yellow ones. So, my question to you is, which looks better on me? (Because I might have to keep it.) The blue/gray ombré scarf with the peacock feathers.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Or the sunny yellow scarf with paisleys. I always thought I didn’t look good in yellow, but I think the picture is proving my thoughts wrong.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

For this gift idea, you can either purchase colored scarves or buy white scarves and dye them. I prefer to do the latter because frankly I don’t usually like the scarf colors offered (at least the inexpensive ones.) But, that’s up to you and your time availability.  Let’s get on to the tutorial, shall we?

Materials for stenciling scarves:

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Materials for Dyeing Scarves:

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions for Dyeing Scarves:

To keep this tutorial from being crazy long, I’m going to show you the quick and basic steps for dyeing, but I highly recommend that you follow the instructions on your package of dye or on the RitDye.com website.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

1) Boil 4 cups of water.

2) Pour 1 cup salt [recommended for use with viscose (same as rayon)] in the hot water and stir to dissolve.

3) Pour hot salt/water mixture into a bucket with 2 gallons of hot water inside. Stir.

4) Pour appropriate dye amount (look on bottle or color formula chart) into the bucket.

5) Mix well. Dip scarf inside the bucket. Stir and let scarf sit for several minutes (about 10 minutes.)

6) Remove scarf and wring out any excess dye. Place in a separate bucket that has clean water in it. Rinse and wring scarf in water. Change water often and continue until the water remains mostly clear (this takes a while.)

Ombré dyeing technique: 

If you wish to create an ombré scarf, drape the scarf over a ruler or pole. Gently dip the bottom third of the scarf into the dye bath. Do not let the scarf sit, bounce it up and down. After a few minutes, dip the scarf in lower (about 2/3 way) and continue to bounce it in the dye bath. Finally, the last minute, dip the entire scarf into the bath and remove immediately. Dip it about six more times, constantly dipping to create a gradiation or ombré effect.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

After the scarf is thoroughly rinsed, wash it with like colors in the washing machine. Dry. Iron all wrinkles out of the scarf.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Tape one end of the scarf to a board with painter’s tape. Make sure the fabric is taught.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Tape your stencil onto the scarf. If there are areas on the stencil that you wish to block, tape over them.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Roll your roller into the paint. Roll any excess paint off the roller until it is almost dry. Then roll your paint over the stencil. You’ll have to roll over it multiple times to build up enough saturation of the paint.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Lift the stencil and position it next to the printed area.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Line up the registration marks with the last row of your stencil design.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

You might need to remove the areas you masked off and adjust to the opposite side.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Roll your paint onto the stencil until you have good coverage. Remove the stencil.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Allow the paint to dry. Remove the scarf and print the other end of your scarf. For extra color, you could paint some areas of the pattern with a second color.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Allow to dry and enjoy your beautiful creation!

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

If you would like more of a visual demo, you might enjoy watching the Google Hangout hosted by HomeTalk on stenciling that I did on Wednesday with Melanie from Royal Studio Designs and Jesse from Scout & Nimble. It was a blast and there were some really awesome holiday ideas shared! They could also be Très Frugal DIY Gift Ideas!!!

I am in absolute love with the results of these scarves!

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Which is your favorite? I still can’t decide…blue/gray…

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

or yellow?

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Help me decide!PHGFancySign

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39 replies
  1. ann/alba
    ann/alba says:

    I too think the blue/grey is Fabulous with your eyes & skin tone. The Yellow is just as nice .
    I also think the Yellow is a great colour this year & will work well with the fall winter colours. It is also out of your comfort zone & because of that I say to keep the yellow .
    ( OR ALL ).
    Have a good one Ann.

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  2. Miranda
    Miranda says:

    What a great tutorial. This is one of those posts that makes me want to run out and buy supplies!!

    While they both look great on you, I think the yellow is the one you should keep since it’s out of your comfort zone.

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  3. Serena @ Thrift Diving
    Serena @ Thrift Diving says:

    Brittany, they’re gorgeous!! I mean, seriously a great, creative idea 🙂 I think you’ve just inspired me to do something like this for the holidays. I hate the idea of “buying” gifts. If it has a creative touch, it’s worth so much more. Great job! Keep them all and then go make more to give away 🙂

    Serena
    Thrift Diving

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  4. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    YES, the blue/gray definitely is the one! Brittany, such a small world, I met Melanie Royals many many years ago when I used to go to the IDAL conventions all over the place. I remember meeting her, visiting with her & she was just in the infancy stages of her business. I still have a few of her stencils to this day.
    Those scarves are incredible, who would ever know that these weren’t super expensive. This is so cool, I just can’t get over it! Gotta try!!!

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  5. Melanie Royals
    Melanie Royals says:

    Oh my gosh Brittany!! The scarves are ALL beautiful, the photography is beautiful, and YOU are beautiful. You rock in all of them. LOVE this stencil tutorial and project idea and loved hanging out with you on the Google+ chat!! 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday season!!!!

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  6. Janet
    Janet says:

    Gotta go with the majority here (so against the grain with me 🙂 ). The blue grey looks the most fab on you. They are all gorgeous. Do you have a Five Below store in your area? Haven’t been this year but last 2 yrs. they’ve had a great assortment of scarves, colors for $5! So want to do this. Great tutorial. Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. carrie
    carrie says:

    both are beautiful. why not keep both….LOL. Seriously though, I prefer the blue and thanks to your inspiration I will be making some myself.

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  8. Guerrina
    Guerrina says:

    What a wonderful gift craft! I definitely have to try this. Both the blue and yellow look great on you, but my preference is the blue … though the yellow would brighten up winter!

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  9. omar
    omar says:

    hi..i was wondering if you would make these scarves for me as i have 3 co workers that i want to give as xmas gifts..i dont want to make them so i thought id ask if you could me hook me up. if so let me know how much thank you!

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