Infinity Scarf Tutorial- Upcycled Skirt

April 24, 2014

Infinity Scarf  Tutorial – make your own scarf in less than half an hour out of an old much loved skirt.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

I found a lovely and soft cotton skirt in my local charity shop, which I just had to go back for (a bargain at £2.99)

Upcycled Infinity Scarf


To make your own:


Cut off the waistband and stretched out the fabric.

Cut the skirt 46cm up from the hem.

Create an infinity scarf

Cut down one of the seams to create a long rectangular shape. Mine measures 155cm, which creates a scarf you can wrap round twice, aim for 190 cm if you would like a scarf that wraps round three times.

Fold right sides together along the long edges.

Stitch together.

Turn right side out.

DSC_0007You now have one long tube of fabric, to create the circle pin up the raw edges.

Machine stitch along as much as your machine will reach.

Upcycled Infinity Scarf

Hand stitch the final piece of edges together.

One finished scarf:)

Infinity Scarf Tutorial, Upcycled Skirt

I have to admit that I am rather chuffed with my bargain fashion item… I have been craving some gorgeous print fabrics at £16/meter for patterns spotted on the internet suggesting 186cm length.. nearly £32 for a scarf. Definitely outside of my budget. Coupled with no knowledge of the source of fabric, labour conditions or dyes used. My remake upcycled new wardrobe item seems highly appropriate for the one year anniversary of the death of factory workers in Bangladesh.

“Today is the first anniversary of the collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which collapsed leaving 1,133 men, women and children dead, over 2500 injured and at least 800 children orphaned. To mark this fateful day, today is Fashion Revolution Day in 50 countries today leading figures in the fashion world are supporting the initiative, which aims to challenge consumers to ask where their clothes are made, and under what conditions.”


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21 comments so far.

21 responses to “Infinity Scarf Tutorial- Upcycled Skirt”

  1. Looks great on you, Vicky!!! A fabulous refashion.

  2. Brenda says:

    Thank you for the reminder that we are at the anniversary of the factory deaths in Bangladesh. We need especially to support Free Trade groups and to pay attention to what we are supporting with our dollars and pounds and Euros in order not to contribute to further disasters like this.

  3. Doree says:

    Thank you so much for linking up at our new party Cook it! Craft it! Share it! I absolutely adore infinity scarfs and this one is beautiful. Have a great weekend, hope to see you next wednesday at 8:30 pm est. -Doree

  4. Your scarf is lovely and what a wonderful way to utilize great fabric from a thrifted skirt. Brilliant.

  5. Cris says:

    Such a great idea! And it looks so good on you!

  6. ren says:

    What a great refashion. Really smart. I’d love to see you join us at the Inspire Us Thursdays link party on

  7. France says:

    That was clever! I made an infinity scarf a few months ago using a piece of fabric. It took me a certain time to figure out how to sew it to make such a scarf. Your method is definitely more simple and, in bonus, it recycles fabric. Thank you for this post!

  8. This looks brilliant! To say I can’t sew isn’t really correct, I simple never have done (I blame my Mum!) I will hopefully have enough time on mat leave to give this a try xx

  9. Kate Davis says:

    This is very interesting. I’m aware that I don’t wear scarves and I feel uncomfortable in and therefore I don’t buy them. However, if I can make one out of an old skirt I’m not spending a lot of money to may give it ago, especially with this style where I don’t have to think about how to tie it.

    I’m pinning this so I can come back when I have my sewing machine out and found a skirt.

  10. Wow that looks fab and at a fraction of the price of a high street buy!

  11. A great post and a new blog to add to my reading, I liked that you took the time to blog about the Dhaka devastation, important to remember what happened and also to set an example for others about upcycling too

  12. This is such a great idea, I love infinity scarves! I don’t generally sew (!) but I’ve pinned this 🙂

  13. I love your scarf, I have been known to rumage around charity shops, just to get material, your right it’s so much cheaper and you can get some lovely prints.

  14. Lovely idea. Such a great way to create something new and original from unwanted piece of clothing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. How very cleaver and beautifully made. It looks pretty too.

  16. Abby says:

    Fantastic scarf – I will have to try it!

  17. This is really beautiful. So simple… I don’t sew, but I’ll bet my mom could help me put one of these together. Time to home for a visit, I think! 🙂 I’d love for you to come link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  18. Gina Caro says:

    You make it look so easy! It would take me a week to make one scarf. Looks great. Thanks for linking up again with #ThriftyThursday 🙂

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