How To Sew an Infinity Scarf (and Make a Quick Star Wars Sewing Project)

In today’s Sewing Basics post, I’m going to show you how to sew an infinity scarf using quilting cotton fabrics. For my version, I used licensed fabrics so I could make a quick Star Wars sewing project, too! Whether you’re headed to a Star Wars Day/May the 4th Be With You Party or a con or just want to show your love of your favorite characters, you’ll have this easy infinity scarf ready to wear in about half an hour.

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I recently moved to Burlington, Vermont after spending ~94% of my life living in New York City (more specifically, Brooklyn or Manhattan). Like any newbie, I’ve been checking out local activities. Last Thursday night, I found out there was going to be a science fiction and fantasy expo AND a quilt show over the weekend. I wanted to make something handmade that I could show off at both events, but I only had a little bit of time on Friday night after work to put a project together. I’ve been collecting Star Wars fabric for a “someday” quilt whenever JOANN has a sale, so while I was commuting to and from work I thought about what I could make quickly with Star Wars fabric and the answer came to me: an infinity scarf (also known as a circle scarf). I wear infinity scarves all the time, but they are usually crocheted or knitted. In this post, I’ll show you how to sew an infinity scarf in about thirty minutes with just basic sewing skills. Are you ready?

How To Sew an Infinity Scarf

Sewing Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Infinity scarves are the perfect gender-neutral accessory. When you use 100% cotton quilting fabric, they are both breathable and insulating, so you can wear them year round. Cotton infinity scarves are lightweight enough to wear under a jacket and can be worn long…

…or looped, depending on the temperature.

This quick, beginner-friendly infinity scarf tutorial combines two fabrics for a great look. Read on to learn how to sew an infinity scarf in about 30 minutes!

Finished Size: 

  • Teen/Adult: 68” (173 cm) circumference x 7.75” (19.5 cm) height after sewing, washing, and drying (and shrinking). 

Tools

  • Sewing machine with straight stitch and freearm, such as the Baby Lock Brilliant. Watch my Baby Lock Brilliant unboxing video below.

Materials

  • 100% cotton thread for top spool and bobbin.
    • TIP: Your seam will be visible on the finished scarf. I chose a thread color that matched one of the fabrics, but you can also use a neutral color. I used a hot pink spool from this Gütermann 26 Spool Set that matched the text on the Princess Leia fabric.

Instructions

Prepare for Sewing

  • Press your fabrics to remove wrinkles. 
  • Using your rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat, cut 1 piece in each of the fabrics to 36” (91.5 cm) x 17” (43 cm). TIP: With a yard of quilting cotton, you will be able to cut your fabric pieces in either direction. If your fabric has a directional pattern, before cutting, make sure your pattern looks “right side up” along the long edge. 

Sew Infinity Scarf

  • Place fabrics with right sides together. Pin along short edges. TIP: If your print has a “right side up,” make sure both fabrics are have tops and bottoms in the same direction along the long edges.
  • Using a quarter inch (0.25”) seam allowance, seam along short edge, removing pins as you work.
  • Press the seam (flat or towards the darker fabric).
  • Fold fabric right sides together along the long edge. Pin across the long edge.
  • Using a quarter inch (0.25”) seam allowance and starting and ending with reinforcing stitches, seam along long edge, removing pins as you work.
  • Insert your hand inside the tube you have sewn, and pull the short edge out. You will be pulling until the raw edges of both short edges are aligned as shown below.
  • Pin along the short edge, being sure to line up and pin the seams where the two fabrics meet.
  • Using the freearm on your sewing, a quarter inch (0.25”) seam allowance, and starting and ending with reinforcing stitches, begin to seam along short edge, removing pins as you work. Leave approximately 3” (7.5 cm) unseamed.
  • Pull the fabric inside out through the opening.
  • Pin the unseamed part closed, making sure the unseamed fabric is folded inside.
  • Using a 1/8″ seam allowance and starting and ending with reinforcing sitches, sew the opening closed.
  • With thread snips, trim off remaining threads. TIP: Wear the infinity scarf so this seam is on the inside near the top of your neck, and no one will ever see it!
  • I recommend washing and drying the scarf in the machine before wearing. Remove promptly from the dryer and press out wrinkles if necessary.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to sew an infinity scarf!

© 2024 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2024/04/29/how-to-sew-an-infinity-scarf-quick-star-wars-sewing-project/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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