Sew 3 Scarves for Under $30 in 30 Minutes

Last Saturday I met with my friends for our monthly craft day.  We gather in our church, bringing whatever projects we want to complete. It's a great time of chatting and laughing while sewing, or crocheting, quilting or card making. We share a light lunch and someone gives a devotional.  I cherish this time with my gal friends, and always come home with an encouraged heart.

My project this time was Christmas presents.  I made three scarves in 30 minutes, and spent about $25 total on all three (a little over $8 each).

These scarves are so easy to make.  If you can  sew a straight line on a sewing machine. . .you're in! 

I'm going to show you just how little time and effort it takes.  

All three scarves were made with flannel fabric.

The first scarf I made is an infinity scarf. 

1. Start with 1/2 yard of fabric.  Open it flat and lay it out with the longest length left to right.  In this case the longest length is 43" -- which is the width of the fabric.

2. Now fold the fabric in half with right sides together.

3. Sew a 1/2" seam all the way down the length of the fabric on the raw edge.

4. You now have a long tube.  Press the seam open. 

5. Turn the tube inside out so that the fabric's right side is facing out.

6. Now starting at the bottom of the tube turn it inside out and keep working it up until the ends meet at the top.  

7. Now match up the vertical seams and pin the edges together all the way around, leaving a 3" opening.  

8.  You're going to need that 3" opening to pull your scarf through to the right side after the seam is sewn.

9. When you've got that last seam finished your tube will look more like an inside out sack.

10. Now reach through the 3" opening and pull the inside out.  You'll need to work carefully so you don't rip the seam.

11. Blind stitch the 3" opening closed and you're done!

You've just created a pretty infinity scarf  to keep for yourself or give away.

One scarf down, two to go. . .

If you thought the infinity scarf was easy, wait until you make one of these scarves.  It's like the first sewing project taught in school or 4-H.  B-A-S-I-C.

You're starting out the same way you did with the infinity scarf.

1. Start with 1/2 yard of fabric.  Open it flat and lay it out with the longest length left to right.  In this case the longest length is 43" -- which is the width of the fabric.

2. Fold it in half right sides together.  Sew a 1/2" seam all the way down the length of the fabric on the raw edge.

3. Turn it inside out.  Then fold in the raw edge of one end about 1/2" and press. You can see here how I'm working my way around the edge, turning under 1/2" as I go.

4. After you've turned it all under 1/2" give it a little pressing.

5. Now sew the top to the bottom with a 1/4" seam.  I use the left edge of my presser foot as a guide.

Repeat steps 3 -5 on the opposite end of the scarf.

Press and you're done!

You've just completed your second scarf.  Isn't it handsome?.

If you want to make another scarf, you'll have three scarves in about 30 minutes.

Note:  These are short scarves.  The brown and green ones were made for tween boys.  Obviously, you can make longer ones by sewing lengths together if you don't mind a seam, or buying more yardage.  Just remember to plan for the 1/2" seam allowance on each side.

These are so much fun to make I'm going to sew a longer one for Dennis in a buffalo check, and give it to him for Christmas. Shhh. Don't tell him.

I tried to make the instructions as clear as possible.  Let me know if you have questions, and if you make one of these I'd love to see it!


  1. Nancy,
    These are so sweet. Hey I can even do these since I can sew a straight line on a sewing machine lol!
    Very cute. Sounds like your craft girlfriend group is a nice gathering. Thanks for sharing these easy peasy to make scarfs. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. You did a great job with your tutorial! Thanks! And the flannel will be so soft and easy to wash. I love these! Happy Thanksgiving from Florida, Diane

  3. Beautiful ... nothing more thoughtful than a handmade gift!

    1. Thank you, Sue. I love to give something made by my hands. <3

  4. You are so clever. I love infinity scarves! Happy Thanksgiving, Nancy.

  5. Thanks for the instructions . . . A friend of mine has been making the infinity scarves . . . Perfect way to "change up" ones look . . .

  6. Very clear instructions, even for a beginner like me!

  7. I am really enjoying all the lovely scarves that are out there! I have a drawer that is getting a little harder to close as there are getting to be quite a few in there!! You must have had lots of time to visit since you finished your projects so quickly! I think that is a great idea,,,,the craft get together. I enjoy making cards and scrapbooking. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. I did do a lot of visiting, Dawna, you're right! I have way too many scarves in my drawer that aren't really the current style. I think it's time to make some news ones. Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by. :)

  8. Beautiful cozy checks for those chilly winter days and nights! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, Nancy.


  9. These will be much appreciated gifts with the weather we've been having so far this season. Very nice job, Nancy.
    Hope you are enjoying this holiday weekend!

  10. Great scarves and all three for a great price as well! thanks for sharing the tutorials with SYC.

  11. Love the scarves, Nancy! I am kind of picky and can never seem to find a nice, soft scarf that I will actually wear. It never dawned on me to make my own! Now I know how! :) Thank you! I think that infinity one has my name all over it!

  12. They are beautiful! I love flannel, and I love polar wear.

  13. What an easy and fun sewing project! Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Nancy :)


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