We all love to wear our lightweight infinity scarves in the Spring. They help keep the chill in the air off of our necks, while making us feel cute and stylish in the process. And what better way is there to usher in this new beautiful weather, than to make a handmade infinity scarf of your very own design?! Get on board with the boho chic look this Spring with a cute and fun tie dye infinity scarf. Let us show you 3 different tie dye techniques to help you achieve a neat geometric pattern with your tie dye, and then how to turn your awesome new fabric into an easy frayed infinity scarf.
3 DIFFERENT WAYS TO TIE DYE
Time Needed: weekend project
Of course you can tie dye any which way your heart desires, that is half the fun of tie dying! But if you are looking for a more geometric design in your tie dye method, here are a few ideas that stem from traditional shibori techniques.
Materials needed to tie dye:
● Linen or cotton fabric
● RIT dye
● Rubber bands / string
● Plastic gloves
● Drop cloth, or other protective surface
● Pots or buckets
● *Option 1 – Cheap Tiles / wooden blocks / paint stir sticks
● *Option 2 – rubber bands & string
● *Option 3 – PVC pipe
Option 1 –
To create a square or rectangular pattern shape on your fabric.
1. Fold your fabric accordion style, folding it back and forth evenly over itself. Press for even folds if desired.
2. Place a tile or other square / rectangular object along one side of the fabric.
3. Fold fabric over square, and flip fabric over. Place another tile on top of the previous tile, on top of the fabric, and fold fabric over tile again. Continue doing this, folding the fabric accordion style and inserting a tile in between each fold until you reach the end.
4. Secure the tiles and fabric in place by wrapping the fabric with rubber bands on all sides.
You can do this technique with various square, rectangular, or even triangle objects to achieve different geometric fabric results.
Option 2 –
To create circular rings on your pattern.
Fold your fabric accordion style, folding it back and forth evenly over itself. Press for even folds if desired. Wrap the sides of the fabric tightly in rubber bands, evenly spaced along both edges of the fabric. For more design features, you can further wrap the fabric in string, tightly wrapping the fabric in the string and tying to finish.
Option 3 –
To create a diagonal x-like pattern shape on your fabric.
Fold your fabric so that it is in a triangle shape, matching corner to corner on the fabric. Wrap your fabric tightly around a PVC pipe, or other circular object like a wooden pole. Secure the fabric to the pipe with evenly spaced rubber bands. Once finished, bunch the fabric together by pushing both ends towards the center.
Following the instructions on the RIT dye package, immerse your fabric into the tie dye solution. Allow to set for at least 10 minutes. If needed, flip the fabric over so that both ends can be immersed in the solution.
Remove the fabric from the RIT dye and allow to set for 4 – 6 hours, or overnight.
Using rubber gloves, carefully remove the rubber bands and string. If fabric is not yet dried, hang to dry until complete. Gently rinse fabric in cold water until the water runs clear. Wash in the gentle cycle using NO detergent.
Enjoy your new lovely fabric!
HOW TO MAKE A FRAYED INFINITY SCARF:
There are lots of ways to make an infinity scarf. For this scarf, I like to use one continuous 2.25 yards cut of fabric, to eliminate having 2 seams on either side of the scarf. Feel free to use just over 1 yard if you wish to cut down on fabric cost, and simply cut the fabric in half and sew together to create one long piece of fabric.
Materials needed to make a frayed infinity scarf:
● 2.25 yards linen or lightweight cotton fabric
● Basic sewing essentials
1. Cut one piece of fabric 2.25 yards long x 22” wide.
2. Sew a small straight stitch 1” away from the long side edges, on both sides of the scarf. Sew another straight stitch ⅛” away from your previous line to help secure. (You can use a double needle if desired). If desired, fray the fabric along the long outer edge by gently pulling the weft fabric threads free. I chose not to worry about this process, as time will fray the scarf edges naturally.
3. Place the 2 short sides of the fabric WRONG SIDES together. Pin and sew, using a ¼” seam allowance. Turn fabric wrong side out and press seam edge.
4. Pin and sew the fabric seam right sides together, and sew again using a ½” seam allowance, therefore enclosing your raw seam.
5. Press seam to one side, and sew down.
And you are finished!
Wear your new bohemian looking tie dyed infinity scarf with pride.