Ruffled Infinity Scarf Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  September 10, 2011

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    Hey there Skip to my Lou readers! I am Terra from mama says sew.

    I am so excited to be a part of theHoliday Craft Along!

    Today I’m going to show you how to make this Ruffled Infinity scarf. It would make a great gift for your mom, a neighbor, a teacher, or just about anyone who likes scarves.
    All you need is some knit fabric and coordinating thread. Okay, lets get started.
    Usually knit fabric is about 60 inches wide.  If you come across a fabric that is significantly less wide, I wouldn’t recommend using it for this project.  Your scarf will turn out too short.
    Cut two strips of fabric across the whole width of your fabric.  They should be the width that you want your finished scarf to be.
    Lay one on top of the other, WRONG sides together.  I know, it feels like you’re violating a cardinal rule of sewing, right?
    Now we’re going to ruffle the edges.  First, set your machine to a zig zag stitch.  I like to make the stitch wider and shorter than the default settings on my machine.  As you sew both pieces together, you want half of the zig zag to land on your fabric and the other half to land off the edge of your fabric {see below} so that it kind of wraps around the edge of your scarf.
    Also, make sure to stretch your fabric as you sew. Yep, breaking rules all over the place here.  As you sew, the stretched fabric will shrink back up behind the stitches, creating the ruffles.  Do this along both long sides, leaving the short ends open.
    Turn the raw edges to the inside.  Press.
    Now match both ends up.  Make sure your scarf isn’t twisted.  You want one smooth loop.
    Use a blind stitch to sew both ends together.  Using a hand needle, slip your needle into the fold of one end of your scarf, as pictured below.
    Then do the same thing on the other side of the scarf.  Keep going back and forth all the way around your scarf, until you end up where you started.
    Finish by knotting your thread.  Clip any loose threads and you’re done!
    You can change the look by wrapping it or tying it different ways.
    If you have lots of time on your hands, you can get more elaborate by making this scarf.  The tutorial is here.
    Thanks for having me here today! You’re welcome to stop by my place anytime.

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    1. Sunday, September 16th, 2012
      oh, that's so cute! it's perfect for fall!
    2. Emily
      Thursday, December 15th, 2011
      I'm doing a scarf round up tomorrow and this is going to be part of it! Hope you can come by and check it out. Oh, and grab a featured button if you would like.
    3. Debbie Hagood
      Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
      How wide are these pieces you show in your picture. I have the fabric but don't want to mess it up by cutting it too wide or too narrow. I bought a pink knit fabric out of the clearance/remnants bin. I can't wait to try it!
    4. Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      So pretty. Just pinned it. It will be my first sewing project... when I finally have the courage to purchase a sewing machine. :)
    5. Terri
      Sunday, September 25th, 2011
      I'm going out to buy fabric to make this right now. I love it!
      I do have a question- it seems like I'm supposed to finish sew this into a loop. That's not right- is it? I'll have two long strips to make a scarf that I sew together, right? Please forgive me, I'm new at this. Thanks for your help!
    6. Whitney
      Sunday, September 18th, 2011
      I just saw one of these at J Jill for $49 after buying some knit to make one for myself for only $4.99/yd (on sale at JoAnn's)!!
    7. Friday, September 16th, 2011
      Literally just made this in a few minutes tonight with some fabulous sea green knit fabric...LOVE the ruffle, it's soooo easy & just adds the perfect femininity & playfulness that this sad fabric needed - in the form of an infinity scarf!! Thx! I'll post pics on my blog soon!
    8. SUZANA
      Monday, September 12th, 2011
      How much fabric do I ask for?
    9. Bart Williamson
      Sunday, September 11th, 2011
      I think it looks like an octopus or squid, perhaps the tentacles of a jellyfish. Not something I would want around my neck
    10. Sunday, September 11th, 2011
      What a pretty scarf. I like the lettuce leaf ruffling. Do you mind if I ask where you got your knit?
    11. Tiffany
      Sunday, September 11th, 2011
      This is really pretty, and looks simple enough for me to try.
    12. Tiffany
      Sunday, September 11th, 2011
      This is really pretty, and I love scarves.
    13. Saturday, September 10th, 2011
      I love this idea and I know it is so soft and comfortable to wear. Thanks for sharing.
    14. Saturday, September 10th, 2011
      What a lovely scarf! I think I'll have to give this a try.
    15. Kristen
      Saturday, September 10th, 2011
      These are really pretty. I'm going to try to make them for Christmas with some pretty fabric. Thanks for posting!