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I’m thinking of making these as party favors for Bean’s birthday party this summer.
They are the perfect “Mini Me” version of the 30 Minute Infinity Scarf Tutorial that I posted a couple of months ago but can be made in half the time and are great for beginner and advanced seamstresses alike. I’m really excited to share with you my 15 minute kid’s infinity scarf sewing tutorial. These make great handmade gifts for Christmas, back to school, birthdays or just because.
NOTE: If making this for an older child you may want to use the adult instructions and reduce the length and width by 1/4.
You Will Need:
- 1/3 yard of fabric
- Scissors or a rotary cutter (if using a rotary cutter you will also need a cutting mat)
- Ruler or seamstress tape
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Select your fabric. You will need 1/3 of a yard.
Step 2: Cut your fabric. You will want a piece that is 12 inches by 44 inches (or whatever the width of your fabric happens to be.) Leave the selvage edge on, this will be hidden in the seam of your scarf.
Step 3: Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, with the printed side on the INSIDE and pin your two cut edges flat against each other. Your piece will now measure 6 inches by 44 inches.
BECAUSE THIS PRINT IS SO BOLD IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRINTED SIDE IS ON THE OUTSIDE INSTEAD OF THE INSIDE. IT ISN’T. THE PRINTED SIDE IS ON THE INSIDE.
Step 4: Leaving a half inch seam allowance sew down the length of your scarf (The 44 inch side). Don’t sew the two ends. You should have one long tube.
Step 5: Using the tip of your iron, press open your seam.
Step 6: Flip your tube so the right side of the fabric is on the outside. I do this by sticking my arm through the hole, grabbing the other end and pulling it through.
Step 7: Find the seam on both ends of your fabric tube. Pinch the seams flat together (the printed side of the fabric will be sandwiched together) and pin.
Step 8: Starting at the seam that you just pinned start to sew around the circle of your scarf leaving a half inch seam allowance or more if your selvage edge happens to be bigger. I work slowly on this step, stopping to pinch the two pieces of fabric that I’m about to sew together to make sure that they are correctly lined up as I sew.
Step 9: When you get about half way around your scarf it’s going to get tough to keep going because your hole is getting smaller. I find the easiest way to continue is to flip the top part of my scarf inside out making a little pocket for the scarf. Keep sewing your seams together until you are about to hit the part of the scarf you have in the pocket. Backstitch, remove from sewing machine and pull scarf out of pocket.
You will be left with a little gaping mouth in your scarf.
Step 10: Pinch the mouth together.
Step 11: In my adult infinity scarf tutorial I had you hand sew the hole in the scarf closed. I’m terrible at hand sewing and realized that it knocks a bit of time off of each scarf if you just sew it closed with the machine. Your seam isn’t invisible this way but really that part of the scarf is usually hidden underneath at the back of your neck. I made my mom one with the invisible seam and one with the sewing machine seam… she never noticed the difference. If you want to hand sew it check here for instructions, otherwise take the scarf to your sewing machine and leaving an 1/8 of an inch seam allowance sew the hole shut.
The part you just sewed will look something like this (only probably neater because I kind of messed up.)
Final Step: Puff the scarf up, grab your kiddo and double loop it around their neck. It makes the cutest little fashion accessory for your fashionista!
I hope you enjoyed my 15 minute kid’s infinity scarf sewing tutorial!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out. If you make an infinity scarf for your little one I’d love to see pictures!
Want even more DIY Gift ideas? Check out these Homegrown & Healthy 12 Days of DIY Christmas ideas!