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Ruffled Infinity Scarf Tutorial

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I estimate that 94.9% of the tops in my wardrobe are V neck.  I really like the way a deep V looks on me and the style is not really a problem until winter time.  I keep our heat turned really low and to help stay warm I usually wear scarves to cover my exposed neckline.  (IMO if you are complaining about being cold, go put on a sweatshirt/sweatpants instead of sitting there in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.  And yes, this comment is directed at one person in particular, not that he’ll ever read it, but he has heard in many many times…)

How to sew a Ruffled Infinity Scarf #tutorial #infinityscarf

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then it will come as no surprise when I say I love ruffles and jewel tones (especially shades of pink, teal and coral.)

I especially love pre-ruffled fabric and have used it in several projects. (Here, here, here and here.)  Hobby Lobby carries many colors of this fabric and since it is almost never on sale, I can use their 40% coupon on it.  That makes it less than $7 per yard and it’s 60 inches wide!

This ruffled infinity scarf is very simple and quick to sew and the scarf makes a big impact.  Depending on how long you want your scarf to be, you can get 2 to 3 scarves from one yard of fabric.  If you gave these as gifts, that would be approximately $2.30 to $3.50 per scarf!

To make this scarf you need:

  • 3/8 to 5/8 yard of 60+ inch wide ruffle fabric (depending on how long you want your scarf to be)
  • Ball point needle
  • Matching thread
  • Ruler, scissors and other basic sewing supplies


Step 1: Cut your fabric.
Lay out your ruffle fabric and cut one strip, 10 inches wide selvage to selvage. (The strip will be 10″ wide by at least 60″ long.) Be careful not to cut into the ruffle and it helps to cut the fabric half way in between the ruffle.  It’s OK if that makes your fabric a little wider than 10 inches.

Use this strip to decide if the 60 inch long version is long enough for you.  I decided to add 10 extra inches to my scarf and you can see how long that is on my 5’4″ frame in the photo collage at the bottom of the post.

If you are happy with 60 inches, skip to step 3.

Step 2: Lengthen your scarf:
Cut another piece of ruffle fabric that is 10 inches wide by 11 inches long.

Line up the edges of your long and short piece, right sides together and make sure the ruffles are facing the same way.  Use lots of pins to hold the ruffles in place and sew the two pieces together.

Step 3:  Sew the scarf together.

Fold the ruffle fabric longways, right sides together and stitch the long side together.

Turn the scarf right side out.

Line up the edges of your scarf and pin two of the sides together.  Be careful to keep the ruffle edges in place.  (This step is hard to explain and the picture is not to clear, so I tried to illustrate the step for you – don’t laugh at my drawing skills…)

Here is the picture:

Keep manipulating the fabric around and sew as much of the edge closed as you can.

You will be left with a hole like this:

Hand sew the opening closed.

You’re done!  There are tons of ways to wear an infinity scarf, have fun!

Taking self portraits is so hard!  Next time I will haul out my trusty tripod and remote…

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  1. I’m in Canada. We don’t have Hobby Lobby and they don’t ship to Canada. I did go to one once while on a business trip. I went with a male coworker so I didn’t get to spend enough time to go through everything.
    I haven’t seen this ruffle fabric anywhere so I might have to make my own. What fabric is used? I can see it in my mind’s eye but I don’t know what it’s called.
    I, too, keep my house cool in winter – 17C, which is about 64F, I think. I never thought about using one of these scarves. I will check your other tutorials for them.

  2. I have been looking for a neat scarf idea for years and finally you have hit the nail on the head! Love it -have never seen this ruffled fabric -so have to go find some.
    Thank you so very much.

  3. It's beautiful and Id love to make it but I'm a little confused. You sew up the long edge with ruffles aligned? And when do you do the short edges, and how does it get right side out again??? I'm sorry if that's a dunce question but I cannot figure this out. Thanks.

  4. It might be easier to leave the turning opening on one long side. You sew the long side leaving an opening (about 6"), then pull a short end through until the two short ends are right side together, pin and sew all the way around, then turn right side out again through your turning opening. Once you get it, it's easy to make fabric infinity scarves.

  5. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says:

    Hi, I'm not exactly sure what you are asking… Since the ruffle fabric is knit, the edges don't have to be finished… Is that what you were wanting to know?

    1. glassyladyks says:

      When I am sewing the long edges together,I am only sewing along the portion where there is no ruffle. The vertical seamed ruffled parts interfer with the horizontal long seam when I get to the area where the 10 inch piece is added. This is difficult to explain. Thank you so much for responding. 🙂

  6. glassyladyks says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I added the 10 inches for length. How do you finish the long edge when you meet the seams due to the lengthening of the scarf? Thank you.

  7. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says:

    Great tutorial!! TFS!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!