So, stating that I love scarves is an understatement. The scarf is a key element in my fall/winter wardrobe. It can dress up a long sleeve t-shirt and keep you warm at the same time…brilliant.
Hand Painted Infinity Scarf
In college at Appalachian State I would secretly crochet scarves during lectures. I know, I know party animal. Anyways, I developed the love of making scarves then. I also discovered that they are great gifts.
Today I will show you how to hand paint and sew an infinity scarf.
Select your fabric. You will need 1 yard. I picked a white jersey because it is so soft.
Determine the “right” side of the fabric. With jersey, you will be able to see pronounced ridges in the fabric texture. Another way to tell is that when the “right” side is up, the raw edges will curl under. Pick your fabric paint. I have used many types, but I just discovered Plaid Simply Screen, water-based screen printing paint and I like it better compared to the texture of fabric paint.
I mixed water with the paint for a thinner texture and with a paint brush I painted criss crosses on the the fabric. You can paint anything on the fabric. Once dry, I ironed the backside of the fabric.
Now… On with the Infinity Scarf tutorial.
1. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and pin right sides together (so that the criss cross pattern is on the inside). You will have a long rectangle of fabric. Pin the raw edges together.
2. Sew along the length of your fabric where you just pinned. When you are done you will have a very long tube.
3. Lay your scarf on your ironing board with the seam in the middle of the scarf. Using the tip of your iron press open the seam.
4. Even though this is a straight seam, you want the seam and scarf to curve around your neck. A trick to this is cutting tiny triangles every few inches along the seam. (see image below)
5. Flip your scarf so that it is right side out.
6. Now, for the part that seems tricky, but really isn’t. Fold you infinity scarf in half so that the two open ends are laying on top of each other. Match your seams, end to end. Pin the seams and start working your way around the circle adding pins as you go. Leave about a 4 inch opening. This is where you will pull the scarf through.
This part seems tricky, but is easier once you wrap your brain around it.
7. With your sewing machine, sew around the circle slowly, making sure your edges are matched up. Keep sewing your seams together until you reach the intended opening.
8. Flip the scarf back right side out and tuck the raw edges inside the hole and pin together.
9. Either hand stitch or use your sewing machine to close the opening. Now you have a your own hand painted infinity scarf.
This is what the finished product will look like. Wear it, Gift it, Love It.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. These would be great for gifts…just saying.