Handprinted Mushroom Infinity Scarf Tutorial

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It looks like the trendy infinity scarf is here to stay! Which is great for me, because I hate wrapping a dumb regular scarf around my neck and hoping it’ll stay put. I stitched up a handful of these super-easy scarves last year for Christmas; they were well-received and really fun to make. This year I whipped up one for myself, and I’ll share my secrets with y’all.

What you’ll need:

  • Potato or other root veggie
  • sharp kitchen knife
  • Fabric paint
  • sponge brush
  • 1 yard of knit fabric (makes two scarves)
  • sewing machine
  • thread

Making the stamp:

Step 1: Find a potato. Any potato. Slice it in half, dry it off, and think about what image you’d like to carve. Simple, not-very-detailed images work best for this project; I chose a mushroom, but apples, matryoshkas, cat heads, diamonds, and birds are all fair game.

Step 2: Draw a template onto a piece of paper, cut it out, and trace it onto the potato with a pen. Using a sharp, precise knife, start carving away the excess potato around your image about 1/2″ to 3/4″ deep.

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Step 3: Squeeze some fabric paint out onto a plate and gently add some to your stamp surface with a sponge brush. This helps make sure there’s just the right amount of paint to stamp with. Experiment with pressure and paint amount on scrap paper or fabric first. When you’re happy with the result, start stamping all over one side of your fabric. Let dry (check with the paint bottle for drying times; approximately 24 hours is recommended).

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Sewing:

Step 1: Cut your 1/2 yard of fabric in half so you have two long, rectangular strips. Take one strip and fold it in half with the printed sides together.

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Sewing the long edge together with a zigzag stitch.

Step 2: Pin across the long open edges, then stitch with a 1/2″ seam. (Zigzag stitch works well as it allows for stretching.) Turn right side out — you now have a long tube.

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Left: Your tube, turned right-side out. Middle: pinning the short edges together. Right: Stitching as far as you can.

Step 3: Now line up the two short sides of your tube and pin the raw edges together as far around as you can. Start sewing;  you’ll see that you also won’t be able to go all the way around the tube, but that’s okay — stop sewing when you’ve made it as far as you can go without stretching the fabric too much. A little opening will be left.

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Left: What it looks like when you’ve stitched around as far as possible. Right: Stitching up the hole.

Step 4: Shake it out — you should have what looks like a scarf with a little opening at the short seams. With a needle and thread, hand stitch it closed. You’re done!

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