The chilly temps here in New York have inspired my latest handmade project. Well, sort of!

I love handmade scarves and I receive one almost every year at Christmas from my sister-in-law, Alison. She knits and crochets … and I admire her for that skill. I don’t have the patience to learn.

However, I do know how to design a pretty silk scarf using rubber stamps. And that’s what I’m going to teach you today.

A silk habotai scarf from Dharma Trading (don’t raid Mom’s closet!)
Rubber stamp in a design of your choice
Fabric ink (Water-based ink will not work)
Rubber gloves
Kraft paper


First, put on a pair of rubber gloves to avoid ink-stained fingers. I personally don’t mind the stain because I feel it’s a sign I’ve been creative with my free time!

Next, prepare your work surface by putting down kraft paper or a torn apart brown bag to work on while you’re stamping on the scarf. This protects your scarf and the dining table you may be using for crafting.

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Take your rubber stamp and add fabric paint to the design on the rubber. Press down firmly onto your silk scarf, but don’t rock or shift your rubber stamp as you don’t want to mess it up. Carefully pick up your stamp and take a look at your handiwork. Continue stamping and reapply fabric paint each time until you get a repeat pattern on your scarf.
Once done, let dry for a couple minutes and then “heat set” the fabric with a hot iron. Do not use the steam setting.

Now, your hand-stamped silk scarf is ready to wear. They make awesome gifts for birthdays, holidays, etc. Your friends will be amazed you did it yourself.

Share your favorite handmade creations and craft tutorials with me by e-mail: You might featured on the Cheap Thrills blog!