I made this infinity scarf the other day.
How do ya like my crooked and uneven Wednesday Addams braids? Lovely.
If you do a quick search, there are dozens and dozens of tutorials on how to make infinity scarves. This is just how I did it. It took about 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s easy, and only requires an old tee shirt, a pair of scissors, and testicular fortitude.
First, grab an old shirt. Or new shirt. Or whatever. The larger the shirt, the better. The larger the shirt, the longer the scarf will be.
I chose this shirt because it fit weirdly from the day I bought it, and then I got paint all over it. Because that’s me. Careful painter.
The first thing you want to do is cut all the hems and seams off.
You’ll be left with the front and back of your shirt, free of seams. If you are using a long sleeve tee, cut the sleeves up too.
Cut your shirt into strips of whatever width ya like. A lot of thin strips looks really nice, as does several wide strips. I cut my pieces into 4 inch strips. I was not super-careful when I cut my strips, and left some of them in weird shapes. This made the finished product look sort of chunky and rustic. If you want a scarf that is smooth and straight, take the time to cut your strips into the exact same size.
Then stretch them all out as far as you can lengthwise.
Find your shortest strip and set it aside for later. Remove 2 of the longer strips, set those aside for later.
Pile your remaining strips into 3 piles, and braid them loosely. Like challah. And if you need to yell ‘HOLLA!’ instead of saying ‘challah,’ go ahead. I’ll wait.
Now, we have to join the ends of the fabric together to make a circle. To do this, grab the shortest piece of fabric you set aside earlier. Tie one end of the strip around one end of your scarf, then tie the other end. Now, your scarf will be joined together all in one piece.
All your loose ends will be flappin’ in the breeze, but we’ll deal with those in a sec.
To cover the loose ends, you’ll just wrap a strip of fabric around them. To do this, take one of the longer strips of fabric you set aside earlier and knot one end of it just below the loose ends. Take the fabric strip and wrap it around the loose ends of the scarf, covering them up. When you reach the end of the fabric, tie it in a knot.
Do the same thing on the other side.
And that’s it!
This is a great last-minute Christmas gift idea, or it’s just a good way to use up a tee shirt that’s still too nice to throw away, but too crappy to donate.