Hand Painted Infinity Scarf

Hand Painted Infinity Scarf by Paper & Fox

Hi Friends!

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.

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.

DIY Infinity Scarf by Paper and Fox

2. Sew along the length of your fabric where you just pinned. When you are done you will have a very long tube.

Sewing by Paper and Fox
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)

Tiny triangles

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.

Matching Seams
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.

Infinity Scarf

This is what the finished product will look like. Wear it, Gift it, Love It.

DIY Handpainted Infinity Scarf by Paper and Fox.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  These would be great for gifts…just saying.

XOXO Carmody

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13 Responses to Hand Painted Infinity Scarf

  1. Alli September 8, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Your scarf is beautiful and would be a great gift! My daughter loves scarves, but I don’t wear them because I think they make my boobs look too big! :) If I could figure out how to thread the bobbin of the sewing machine I received LAST Christmas, I may could do this. Great tutorial – even for non-sewers like me. I sure wish I had paid attention in Home Ec. class back in the day.

    • Carmody Tisdale September 8, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      Threading the sewing machine is the hardest part of sewing. I took adult sewing classes at Queens University because I did not pay attention in Home Ec. either.

  2. LaShawn W September 8, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    This is beautiful! I keep meaning to go back and learn to sew. There are so many things I could make! I love scarves and really plan to add more of them to my wardrobe this fall.

  3. Skye @ Planet Jinxatron September 8, 2014 at 11:26 am #


  4. MrsTee September 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Love it!

  5. Erin @ The Speckled Palate September 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    This post makes me want to learn how to sew so I can make an infinity scarf for myself. What a fun idea and what a perfect accessory for the fall!

  6. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} September 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    This is so pretty….and pink! :D I have been meaning to make a scarf…I made one last week, but used the wrong paint and it’s so crunchy! Going to pick up some of the paint you used here! The scarf is really making me want fall to get here FAST! :D

  7. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods September 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Awesome tutorial and beautiful scarf!
    ~ Ashley

    • carmody September 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

      Thank you so much Ashley!

  8. Amy September 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I LOVE this tutorial!! I was late getting on the scarf bandwagon. I’ve never owned one in years past but I just bought 4 last week! And now that I know how to make my own, this could be the beginning of a serious scarf collection!

  9. brepurposed September 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    So cute!! I’m a big scarf fan too, it’s one my fav fall accessories and I might just need to make one! Although I’m no master with the sewing machine. You make it look easy :)

    • carmody September 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

      Bre Scarfs are a fall must!


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