Dressing for winter always involves a lot of layers. This year, it seems, more than ever, infinity scarves are the neck warmer of choice. Instead of buying an expensive, store bought one, why not make your own? They make great gifts, too!
You can work with materials you already have (transform a “normal” scarf) or start with a yard of fabric.
For the fabric version of the home made infinity scarf, I’ve created a little how-to. Follow these instructions and elaborate or alter them to however you see fit.
This is an easy project that you can complete in an hour or two. Really, there’s more ironing and creasing than actual stitching.
* 1 Yard of Lightweight Fabric :: I used Cotton Voile. Rayon works, too, but careful with your iron heat.
* Scissors &/or Rotary Cutter
* Sewing Machine (not required but makes this a whole lot easier)
- If cotton, wash and dry the fabric to release some of the starchiness. Iron and crease the fabric length wise.
- Using a rotary cutter or sheers, cut the fabric down the crease to make 2 pieces. Trim the fabric edges, lengthwise if needed, but make sure they remain the same width.
- Lay wrong wides together, length wise and pin the short edges. If there’s a pattern or design to the fabric, be sure it aligns as much as possible. Sew the short edges together on each end to make a circle, (¼” seam allowance, then trim to ⅛”). This will eventually be a Flat-Felled seam (think the exposed double seam on the outside of your jeans), but before you go any further, we need to stitch the long edges.
- You now have a circle of fabric with rough edges. Turn the fabric circle right side in/wrong side out. Working with the iron, turn in the edges to less than ¼” and crease. Make sure to keep it even. Turn it in to the wrong side. Turn it in again, and crease again with the iron. Using the machine, sew as close to the edge as possible, catching the crease as close as possible.
- Returning back to the short edges and seams, finish the Flat-Felled seam.
– Keep the fabric, outside in and iron the seams together, flat, then sew that seam closed so that the original seam is now inside the new seam, with a ½” seam allowance. Repeat on the other seam.
– Iron the fabric open then iron the seam “flap” to one side.
– Sew the seam flap “flat” using either a felling foot for your machine or just winging it with your basic foot (this is what I usually do) to secure the “flap” to the scarf.*No machine? Get creative with this step perhaps with some fun embroidery stitches in complementary colors to flatten the seam.
- Press and wear! The finished size will be about 70” around by 23” wide. This will vary depending on the width of the fabric you purchased (36, 45 or 52 inches). It’s long enough to fit comfortably around most necks twice.
* If you want the scarf to be a little tighter, you can use less than a yard.
* If you want it to be thicker, more volume, you can use the fabric at it’s full width, and simply buy up to 2 yards of fabric. This way, you only have to create one joining seam (flat felled) as well.
* It sounds like a lot, but really, the flat felled seam is not hard or scary. If you’ve never tried it before, practice with scrap fabric.
Less Sewing Alternative: Buy a scarf (or use one you already own) and join the edges. You can choose to leave the edges raw (with fringe?) or hide it.