How to Create Gorgeous Patterned Scarves in 15 Minutes
Spring is almost here but it’s still a little chilly outside. What better accessory is there than a scarf to get you through these in between months? With that in mind, we decided to create some seriously chic and easy to DIY Ombre-Dyed Scarves using just 4 supplies.
The stars of this project are Tumble Dye and Dye-Na-Flow. Tumble Dye is a spray dye that’s non-toxic, water-based, pre-mixed, washable and permanent. Let us tell you, this is not the case with normal stove-top dye. Dye-Na-Flow is an amazing product that you can use to actually paint patterns on fabric. Keep the color intense or dilute with a little water for a more ombre or watercolor effect. Keep reading for full instructions…
– Tumble Dye (1 bottle per scarf/pashmina)
– Dye-Na-Flow (we love the Exciter Pack which comes with 9 beautiful colors)
– Foam brush (we used a 3″ brush)
Turquoise Abstract Scarf
The first scarf we’re creating uses Turquoise Dye-Na-Flow. Apply the Dye-Na-Flow to your foam brush. Begin at the bottom of your pashmina and lightly brush using upward strokes. As you move towards the middle of the pashmina, dip your foam brush in a little water after applying the Dye-Na-Flow to lighten the color and create an ombre effect.
Mint Ombre Scarf
Our next scarf is a super simple ombre. Just take your Mint Green Tumble Dye and start spraying the base of the scarf. Keep the color intense towards the ends and lighten the spray action towards the middle for the ombre effect.
Neon Tie Dye Scarf
For our next scarf, we went for a little more of a tie dye effect using Sky Blue and Hot Pink tumble dye. Start by folding your scarf in half and then tie off sections using rubber bands. Generously spray with Sky Blue Tumble Dye. Remove bands and repeat on the back of the scarf. Unfold scarf and lay flat. Create an offset stripe with the Hot Pink Tumble Dye.
Lavender Chevron Scarf
The Lavender Chevron Scarf uses a combo of the Lavender Tumble Dye and Violet Dye-Na-Flow. Apply a heavier layer of Tumble dye at the bottom edges of the scarf and lighten the spray towards the middle. Apply Dye-Na-Flow to the foam brush and create a chevron row at the bottom edge. Apply Dye-Na-Flow to the foam brush again but this time dip in some water to dilute the color. Create another chevron row. Repeat one more time and dilute dye with even more water for the third chevron row. Repeat on the other end.
Ikat Print Scarf
The Ikat Print Scarf also uses the double power of Mint Green Tumble Dye and Magenta Dye-Na-Flow. Apply the Magenta Dye-Na-Flow to the brush and dilute slightly with water. Use the brush to create a large diamond pattern across the entire scarf. Take the Mint Green Tumble Dye and spray around each diamond to create a second layer of color for the ikat effect.
Look at all those lovely spring scarves!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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