I know what you’re thinking. Another flannel infinity scarf pattern, I’ve seen that before! But I’m here to tell you that this is the easiest way to make a flannel infinity scarf, and that I’ve taken extra steps to make the tutorial super clear and beginner friendly. I’m writing this tutorial in conjunction with a post over at Maker Mountain Fabrics, where I talk about how sewing fits into self care in my life! Grace the owner, sent me the fabric for free, but all opinions are my own, per usual.
I’ve sewn infinity scarves in the past and it can be tricky to get them feeling just right. Lower quality flannel is going to be floppier, with less body, and not have the same super thick look. This scarf would make a fantastic gift – check out more handmade gift ideas here!
Thinner flannel also won’t wash and wear as well! This flannel is 100% cotton and going to stay cozy and pretty for a long time. You’ll end up with left over flannel fabric, so check out this list of flannel projects to sew and stay busy!
I remember trying to sew a knit infinity scarf when I had just started sewing, and got so frustrated. So many tutorials are hard to follow because they sew some of the closure shut with the wrong sides together, pull it through the hole, and then sew it completely shut right side out. That is easy for me to do now, but when I was just learning, this felt impossible! It’s hard to photograph. So, I am sharing an easier way to do it in this tutorial.
You could easily use this flannel infinity scarf pattern to make them assembly style and give as gifts or sell at a craft show! If you’re looking for more winter crafts, check out my round-up of Christmas ornaments to make with embroidery hoops.
2020 edit – I also have a tutorial for how to make this scarf from 4 old flannel shirts! You can scroll to the bottom or click here to jump to that version, I am so happy with how it turned out. I have even more upcycled flannel shirt ideas here!
You can pin this flannel infinity scarf pattern for later using this link or collage photo:
flannel infinity scarf pattern
- I used 2 yards of red tahoe Robert Kaufman flannel from Maker Mountain Fabrics (44″ wide)
- Sharp scissors (my favorite pair here)
- Wonder clips
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
Prewash your fabric!! 100% cotton will shrink some, no matter how high quality it is.
Step 1- I prefer to rip woven fabrics! It will rip straight along the grain. Take the fabric and spread it out width wise, making a small cut next to the selvage and then ripping it straight down. repeat on the other side, then fold in half, make a small cut on the fold line, and rip that down. You’ll end up with 2 identical pieces of fabric roughly 22″ wide by 72″ long. We will be working with one of those pieces – you need to then cut 4″ off, leaving it 22″wide by 68″ long.
Step 3- Time to sew! Use a universal or woven needle and sew down that long end, making a fabric tube. I used a seam allowance of 1/2″ – that is the distance between the raw edge of fabric and the needle, but if that is stressing you out, it is not a big deal for a pattern like this.
Step 4- Pull the fabric tube ride side out, so the seam is inside the fabric tube.
Step 5- Take the seam and use your fingers to press it like so; this keeps the fabric full, but you can use an iron for a crisper seam as well.
Step 6- Take one short end and fold the top inward, making a hem of roughly 1″ folded down. Use an iron and press down on the hem.
Step 7- You’ll be tucking the raw edge into the tube and pinning the entire thing together. Flip it over to make sure you’ve caught the entire edge on both sides.
It’s optional to bend the fabric so it has a “twist” in the middle, or make a simple loop/O shape. This shows a twist.
Step 8- Sew down the seam you just created! I sewed right along the edge. This will be a bit bulky, if your machine has a “walking foot” you should use it; this has little feed dogs on top, like the ones on your machine all the time, which will feed the fabric evenly. You can also gently pull the fabric behind the needle as you sew slowly.
Upcycled shirt version
It will depend what size the shirts are here, but I used 4 adult shirts here with a bit of a squeeze on the smallest size (women’s medium). You’ll still have plenty of pretty flannel left over so get creative with those too!
- 4 or more flannel shirts
- Rotary cutter + quilt ruler
- Seam ripper
Step 1- First up, rip off all the buttons and put them in a little bag for future use! Next, carefully cut along the seam lines to free up the shirt back and one of the sleeves.
Step 2- Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut (4) rectangles measuring 17″ long X 15″ tall from the shirt backs and (4) rectangles measuring 17″ long X 7″ long.
Step 3- Pressing all seams as you go, sew a strip of the big rectangles together (1/4″ seam allowances) and then a strip of the short rectangles together, making sure to alternate the different fabrics so they aren’t matchy matchy.
Step 4- Next, sew the short rectangle strip to the tall rectangle strip, press the seams and you’re set! You have a new piece of patchwork fabric and just need to continue back up to step 2 of the original tutorial and follow those steps to finish your scarf.
Doesn’t that look pretty! I was so excited to have found so many bright, fun flannels that are more my style than traditional primary colored shirts.
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Let me know if you try this super easy diy infinity scarf tutorial, I can’t stop wearing mine!