Today on Sew Creative I am going to share a tutorial with you on How To Sew An Infinity Scarf . If you know how to use a sewing machine you can make this scarf. It’s a great beginner project and only takes 30 minutes to make (aka it’s a great naptime project). I made a bunch of these for Christmas gifts this year and they were a big hit. I plan on making a few more for myself when I go back to work because they dress up any outfit. They are the perfect accessory that goes from winter to summer. It looks just as good paired with a sweater or winter jacket as it does paired with a tank top, t-shirt or hoodie.
UPDATE: Check out our 15 Minute Kid’s Infinity Scarf Sewing Tutorial too and make a “mini me” version of the scarf featured in this tutorial.
There are a lot of infinity scarf tutorials out there, but looking at them I would always get confused about how you sew the two ends together once you have a long tube. I hope that all of the photos in my tutorial make the process a bit easier for your first time than it was for mine. So without further ado, let’s sew an infinity scarf.
You Will Need:
-2 yards of fabric (this will make two infinity scarves, or one infinity scarf and a strip of extra material)
-Scissors or a rotary cutter (if using a rotary cutter you will also need a cutting mat)
-Ruler or seamstress tape
Step 1: Select your fabric. You will need 2 yards. Cut your fabric in half lengthwise so that it measures approximately 22 inches in width by 2 yards in length. I leave the selvage on the fabric as this will be hidden on the inside of the scarf.
Note: We received this comment from a reader. I haven’t had any problems with the infinity scarves that I’ve made so far, but I’m learning every day and appreciate the tips. Beverly says: “You always want to cut off the salvages (aka the long edge on both sides of the fabric. One side will usually have the name of the fabric design, the fabric designer and circles with the colors that are in the fabric… look at the photo in step 5 for a picture of the salvage edge) of cotton and woven fabrics. The fabric on the salvage is very different from the rest as it is the part that attaches the waft and loft threads to the loom. It is more tightly woven then the rest and these edges will not shrink or relax in the same fashion as the main part of the fabric. You could end up with some very wonky seams and garments if you don’t remove the salvages before creating them.”
Step 2: Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and pin right sides together (so that the pattern is on the inside). You will have a long rectangle of fabric that is approximately 11″ in width and 2 yards in length.
Step 3: If the ends of your fabric are uneven this is the point where you will want to square them up. You will want nice straight end pieces for when you sew the two ends together later in your project.
Step 4: Sew along the length of your infinity scarf where you just pinned. I use a half inch seam allowance to make sure the selvage edge is hidden within my infinity scarf. When you get to the end back stitch. (Make sure you just sew along the length of the fabric, don’t do anything with the ends yet.) When you are done you will have a very long tube.
Step 7: Fold you infinity scarf in half so that the two open ends are laying on top of each other. It will now measure approximately 10″ by 1 yard. With the two ends of your scarf in your hands find the seam that you just pressed open. Pinch together so that the seams are lined up and the right side of the fabric is facing each other. Pin. Start working your way about a quarter of the way around the circle adding pins as you go. Bring to your sewing machine.
*Joining the two ends of the scarf together is the most confusing part. You can do it! Once you do it once it will be so easy.*
At this point it will look something like this:
Step 8: You are now going to be sewing the two ends of your scarf together. You will be sewing through two layers of fabric. I loop the bottom circle of the scarf around the bottom of my sewing machine and leave the top circle free. Start stitching around the circle leaving a half inch seam allowance.
*I find it works best if my right hand is in front of my sewing machine keeping the two pieces of fabric neatly lined up and pinched together, while my left hand was behind my machine guiding the fabric through.*
Step 9: Keep sewing around the circle slowly, making sure your edges are matched up. Once you get a little bit past half way around the circle the loop around the bottom part of your sewing machine will get too tight to continue sewing. Slip it off of the bottom of your sewing machine. Take your top section of fabric. Flip it inside out so it makes a little pocket and put the top section of scarf inside it. Bunch that part of the scarf down (where the bottom of my picture is) so it takes up as little room as possible.
*If you get confused look at the above picture, it really helps.*
Keep sewing your seams together until you are about to hit the part of the scarf you have in the pocket. (This should leave you a couple of inches to flip the scarf back right side out and hand stitch the remainder.) Backstitch, remove from sewing machine and pull scarf out of pocket.
Step 12: Hand sew the hole closed using a hidden stitch.
And voila! You have a beautiful infinity scarf! (I realized afterwards that I didn’t get a photo of the infinity scarf I was wearing above when it was all finished! Doh! I gave it away as a gift before I realized, so here is another one that I made.)
Wearing your infinity scarf: When I first tried on my infinity scarf I had the scarf laying flat. I thought to myself “This looks awful! I must have done something wrong!” I messaged my friend Eleanor from Moo and Bear who was also on an infinity scarf kick and the two of us tried to figure out why it didn’t look right. Here is what we figured out… Make sure that your scarf doesn’t lay flat. Pull the two sides of the tube away from each other and fluff it up so it gives a fuller appearance. Loop it around your neck twice and puff up if necessary.
I hope that you have loved this Sew Creative Infinity Scarf Tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help.
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