velvet infinity scarf worn doubled

How to make a chic velvet infinity scarf

As I send off 2 of my boys to go skiing this morning, I’m reminded that it is indeed in the thick of scarf season. One of my favorite things about making DIY scarves (besides staying warm!) is how they can be a quick intro to working with fabrics you may not have tried before.

With that in mind, we’re talking today about how to make your own velvet infinity scarf.

It’s a similar construction to the DIY scrunchie but literally with a twist! It’ll teach your hands about the joys (and struggles) of stretch velvet, plus you’ll be looking cute to boot in under 30 minutes!

On to the tutorial!

how to make a velvet infinity scarf with pic of scarf

Supplies for your velvet infinity scarf

  • 1/2 yard stretch velvet
  • ruler
  • rotary cutter + mat
  • matching thread + hand needle
  • beading needle (optional)
  • contrast thread (silk thread preferred)
  • ballpoint needle for sewing machine

Fabric choices for your velvet infinity scarf

Even though I throw out “stretch velvet” as an option, there’s actually several different fabric types that fall under that category that will work really well for a velvet infinity scarf. We’re working with knits here, but some of these subtypes also show up in woven form as well like crushed velvet.

panne velour
panne velour

At the end of the day, there’s a lot of crossover with the terms, so you might see things labeled with multiples of these words. I myself am using a panne velour LOL!

  1. Stretch velvet: the classic here. It has a high pile and is luxurious, and has a bit of lycra which adds to the drape and gives it some springy recovery.
  2. Panne velvet: this stuff is making a serious comeback! On this type, the pile is flattened in one direction. Because of the crushed appearance, it’s a little bit easier to work with. It’s a polyester, so it’s not as luxurious as a true velvet, but I won’t say no to it! Bonus: panne velvet comes in lots of prints!
  3. Velour: Velour is any knit velvet, so there’s a little confusion in terms. I’ve certainly seen my share of fabrics labeled only “stretch velvet”. Fabrics labeled “velour” seem to have a lower pile and may not be as stretchy as another stretch velvet. The classic track suit is all about the velour.
  4. Crushed velvet: unlike panne velvet, the pile on crushed velvet can be smooshed in multiple directions. The cool thing about that is that light will bounce off it giving it a two-tone look. It’s kind of like having a print without having a print.

Once you choose your stretch velvet, you’re ready to cut.

Cutting your velvet scarf

This is one time that I did not prewash my fabric. Because I’m using a polyester knit, it’s not going to stretch. If you have any cotton in your velvet’s mix, do prewash.

From there, lay out your fabric on a grid mat wrong side facing up.

Straighten up the edges so that you have an 18″x60″ rectangle. If your fabric is narrower than 60″, that’s okay.

Use a rotary cutter to trim off the selvages.

After you’re done, wipe off your scissors or rotary blade. There’s definitely going to be some gross lint happening that’ll end up on your next project if you don’t clean it!

Basting the scarf

We’re not using pins here. Velvet is highly shifty as you’re working with it and pins will not get the job done. The best way to control the seams is to hand baste them.

Use silk thread if you have it. It will slide in and out of the velvet easily and be easier to pull out later.

I also use a beading needle because it’s extra flexible and the thin shaft won’t damage the velvet.

beading needle + silk thread

Fold the scarf’s short sides right sides together onto themselves so that the long edges match.

Thread up your needle with your contrast thread and baste with long stitches down the entire long side.

hand basting velvet

Sew the long side of the scarf

Next, sew down the long side on your sewing machine with a narrow zigzag (0.5 width, 2.5 length) with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Steam along the seam, hovering over the stitches with your iron, not actually pressing the fabric.

removing basting threads from velvet

You can remove the basting stitches now.

How to make the twist for your velvet infinity scarf

Now to make the twist that will make your scarf an infinity scarf.

Turn the tube right side out. Put in one pin directly across from the seam on one short side. Repeat for the second short side.

Next twist the short sides to match one pin to one seam right sides together. Pin the second pin to the second seam.

Sewing the infinity twist

After that sew the short sides together with the same narrow zigzag and a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Start sewing a couple inches before your first pin. Stop sewing a few inches after the second pin.

There will be a point where you can’t sew any further because the tube is sewing itself to itself. Stop sewing when you feel that resistance.

Closing up the hole

hole on velvet infinity scarf
the seam should snap in place so you’re left with a hole

To finish the scarf, pull the short sides through the hole.

Use your matching thread and needle to make tiny hand stitches to close up the hole.

closing up hole on velvet infinity scarf

And that’s all there is to making your own velvet infinity scarf. Wear it long or doubled up for a chic winter accessory that feels good next to your skin!

More DIY scarves to make yourself this scarf season:

6 thoughts on “How to make a chic velvet infinity scarf”

  1. Elizabeth, I love the content you share on your blog. You are very inspiring! I want a velvet infinity scarf now. Going on a scavenger hunt (in my closet), lol! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m thinking of making a stretch velvet & contrast satin for a glamorous stole / shawl for a wedding outfit. I planned to use some lightweight wadding to give it a more luxurious feel, but have never done anything similar. Do you think this will work & have you any tips?
    Thanks for your inspiration.

    1. If you’re lining with satin, you’ll want to have a more structured non-stretch velvet because satin (even stretch satin) does not have enough stretch to play nicely with stretch velvet which is incredibly drapey and stretchy. A stretch velvet wrap would be beautiful, and if you want to line it which will indeed make it look more polished, go for a rayon spandex, and I might consider adding a trim along the edges to prevent the lining edges from peeking out.

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