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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 want it… PLEASE?!?!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  2. Ummm, this is seriously awesome. Now I'm obsessed with ruffle fabric. I've been missing out!

  3. Last winter I became facinated with the new looks that scarves can create. Love the look. So, I wrote an article on HubPages on how to tie a scarf. I figured I was not alone…others probably needed some instruction too.

    This scarf tutorial is great. I love it! Beautiful color, too.

    New follower from Hope Studios linky party here!

  4. Wow, super pretty!! I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says…' and share your great ideas at the Saturday link party (runs until Tuesday night…tonight!) I hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  5. This is so cute! I like the kind of fabric you used. It's really a cute scarf!

  6. I love this, but have two major problems (and a solution!) 1. I can't sew. 2. Here in Costa Rica I could never find ruffle fabric. Awesome solution: email this page to my seamstress mom in the US and put this pretty scarf on my Christmas list. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gosh, that reminds me of my mom when we were growing up. If we ever complained about being cold, she would immediately tell us to "go put some clothes on!"
    She didn't heed temperature complaints unless they came from shoe-ed, socked, and behatted children.

  8. I live in scarves from Autumn through Spring simply because my office is ridiculously cold. This will be a great option for when I need a scarf to match a specific outfit. Thanks for such a detailed tutorial!

  9. We keep our house cold as well (62 degrees. Like I said, cold) to save heaps of cash. I wear slippers, long underwear and sweats from Halloween until Easter. (as an aside, every spring, when I emerge from my clothing chrysalis, I look comparatively slim!) I never thought about adding a scarf but I am ALL over it! Thanks for the tip!