Easy Infinity Scarf TUTORIAL

scarfs. we all love them. but being a short person, i can’t handle a big, bulky scarf around my neck. i look rather top heavy and awkward….or like a poodle with a bull dog collar on….. so i decided to jump on the infinity scarf band wagon and made a simple skinny circle scarf. {i dare you to say ‘simple skinny circle scarf’ super fast!}

circle scarf

aren’t stripes so fun? yep, that’s dorky me trying to take a pic of myself. which for the record, is harder than you’d think.

i ordered this top for only a few dollars in an extra large size. i thought i could shrink it to magically make it fit…. buuuuuut that didn’t work out so well. as much as i like to sew, i didn’t feel like messing with taking it in in case i messed it up. so i decided the shirt’s fate was to be turned into infinity scarfs.

To Make an Infinity Scarf: all you need is a large t-shirt, scissors, and a sewing machine. {i know there are several ways to make these, but with the stripes going side to side, my scarf needed 1 short seam. if you cut it the opposite way, no seam would be needed!}

lay the t-shirt flat and cut a 6 inch strip from the hem to the shoulder of the shirt.

with right sides together, sew the 2 hemmed edges together and trim the excess fabric. and you’re done!

for a twist, add some chunky buttons over the seam. that would be totally killer!

and there you have a super easy infinity scarf! perfect for fall, winter, AND spring! {and summer too for those who are huge scarf fans} and the beauty of this project is you can use old shirts AND get several scarfs from each shirt. economical crafting at its best!

Gift Idea: make these easy scarfs for your friends for Christmas!

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  1. 1

    These are very cute! I need to have gifts for a couple of teenage girls. These might be just the thing.

  2. 2

    You know, I see tutorials for these everywhere, but yours is the first one that I’ve liked! I really hate how huge some of them are–just not my style. I love that yours is skinny! thank you!

  3. 3

    This looks awesome! It’s amazing how something so simple can dress up an outfit. I love the way this came out :) I need to get into sewing lol!

      1. Christina

        I bought my first sewing machine a few years ago but couldn’t figure out how to string it to start sewing so i gave up and it went in storage haha. i’m sure it’s still up there somewhere lol! if i can find it i will have to try this, i have a few shirts i love but don’t fit into anymore :)

  4. 4

    That is so cute and so simple! I love it! Thanks for sharing, I am going to have to make one of these!

  5. 5

    So cute! I think I might make one today!

  6. 6

    I love it! I recently boxed up alot of old tshirts that don’t fit.. Now I know what to do with them! I also love your cardigan… did you hadd the ruffles or is that how it came? seeing yours makes me want to add ruffles to mine.

  7. 7

    Love it! I just bought some adorable stripey knit as a remnant and was trying to decide what to do with it!

  8. 8

    Cute idea! Beautiful model!:)

  9. 9
    Nicole Collins

    I bought a dress for my honeymoon almost two years ago and haven’t worn it once. It rained on our cruise :-/ This was the perfect craft for it! The slinky material made for a perfect scarf.

  10. 10

    This is awesome … going to try this for sure. I just did a fringed teeshirt scarf tutorial on my blog this weekend …

  11. 11

    What a great idea and so simple! Thanks for sharing. I love your gray sweater with the ruffle.

  12. 12

    Hi, Great craft! DId I understand correctly? Did you say that if you cut the other direction it would be a no-sew craft? Is there any way you could make a tutorial on that? I would love for my Junior Girl Scout Troop to make these. It’s cute, trendy and homemade…all things my pre-teen scouts love! But of course it is impractial for 15 girls to get all the sewing done during a 1 hour meeting. Please show me how to make it no-sew if you can. Thanks!! Deb

    1. 12.1

      Hi Deb,
      Yes, if you cut a 6″ strip across the torso of the t-shirt below the arm holes, you will have a circle scarf, no sewing involved! the diameter of the scarf will be smaller, which is perfect for girls scouts! It would be an awesome project for your troop. If that doesn’t make sense, let me know and I can send over a diagram.And if you do it with them, I’d love to see a picture!
      happy crafting,

  13. 13
    Cathy Canen

    Hi! Thanks for posting these instructions. Can you tell me please, how long is the scarf?

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  15. 14
    Jacqueline Bailey

    From a big shirt to a cute infinity scarf – great idea! You don’t have to throw your shirt or your old shirt I should say, but you only need is to be very imaginative on many things. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing this post!

  16. 15
    Linda P.

    You do not have to sew the side seams with a serger? They do not ravel?

    1. 15.1

      The material is a knit, so the seams do not need to be finished.