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good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling.  our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.

what you need:

for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.


the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.



i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!

if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:


i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours.  when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.



i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!


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Monica -February 16, 2011, 11:56AM

I didn’t realize that they dyed all of those! I’m definitely doing this DIY! Thanks!

Patty Green -February 16, 2011, 12:54PM

How wonderful! And how incredible that Free People has such a talented team to create these fabulous displays! Nice work!

Jes -February 16, 2011, 12:56PM

i think it’s about time you open a store in montreal now…. PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE

Cat horn -February 16, 2011, 1:15PM

Love the way the scarves look sewn together. Great work!

Rosie -February 16, 2011, 3:03PM

I watched the girls put up the scarf display in the Chicago FP last week and they look great! Love the concept.

Jennifer -February 16, 2011, 4:19PM

What size scarves did you use? What material?

Elin -February 16, 2011, 7:27PM

I really like this idea and am looking forward to trying it out!

Renata -February 23, 2011, 12:06PM

Did I mention already that I LOVE YOU FREE PEOPLE, YOU ROCK!

kate -February 27, 2011, 6:37PM

i just LOVE this idea! i cant wait to try it out

Ely -March 6, 2011, 12:52AM

Do you happen to know what kind of silk we should use from the dharma trading co?

Jenny Vega -April 7, 2012, 10:47PM

I am so going to try this. My silk is a old one its has some slub to it. I hope it goes well

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