Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

I'm pretty much years behind the trend... but I recently fell in love with scarfs! I don't have an infinity scarf in my wardrobe yet, so when I saw this Eiffel Tower fabric when I was at a fabric store during the Sewing Summit, I knew it would make the cutest scarf to wear this winter!

Want to make one? This is the easiest sewing project ever- great for a beginner, and great to make as a gift! 

(Although this is super easy to make, it takes at least once to understand how it all comes together. This tutorial is for a very novice seamstress-- sorry if it seems too easy for you more advanced seamstresses-- I didn't leave out even the smallest detail)!


Supplies:
1 yard of fabric (light cotton, voile, knit... I wish I could tell you the designer of my Eiffel Tower fabric... I lost that info)
sewing machine, rotary mat and cutter, ruler and tape measure, hand sewing needle and thread, iron

1. Start by blocking your fabric. By that, I mean to make sure that it perfectly squared up and on grain.
 Here, I folded it in half and cut it to be perfect. See the difference?

2. I made a tester scarf out of muslin before I made my final scarf. That way I determined exactly what length I wanted it to be. I settled on these measurements... 
60 inches long by 10 inches wide
For my height, 60 inches is the perfect length for two cowls (wraps around my neck).
You can really use any measurements you'd like. Just do whatever it takes to make a very long rectangular piece!

3. Fold in half right sides together (it will now be 60 inches long and 5 inches wide). Pin and sew at 1/4 inch. Only sew the 60" side, not the two 5" sides.
4. You now have a very long tube.
 Now lay your scarf on the ironing board, with the seam in the middle. Press open the long seam. Only use the tip of your iron, so you don't crease the sides.

5. Turn your scarf right side out. I was able to do this without any tools, but you can always use a dowel or even your broom handle if you need help.

 6. Now simply fold it in half, so it now measures 30" x 10".
 You'll want to line the inside edges together, at the seams.

7. Ok, now this is the hardest part. It's confusing until you actually do it, and then it comes together like magic. So don't let this step scare you, its a cinch! Start by pinning the inside seams together. Now keep adding pins, while letting the fabric flow with you.
 This picture looks confusing, but this is how it will look once you've put in as many pins as you can.
 Start sewing, removing pins a you go. Make sure you're only sewing through 2 layers, and not catching any other fabric under your presser foot!
 You won't be able to sew the circle all the way shut. We'll deal with that it a minute. After you've backstitched, take it off your machine. It still looks funky.... until...
 Presto! You only have a tiny hole. The rest of your sewing worked!
 All you have is just a 3 inch hole.

8. The only thing left to do is to hand sew that small hole shut. Tuck in the raw edges, and when you sew, make sure you hide your knot, and only sew through the inside layer so your thread doesn't show on the backside of the fabric.

And voila! That is all! Good job!

5 comments:

{northern cottage} said...

great fabric choice! i love me a scarf too (so cozy and stylish!) I don't know what I'll do when summer arrives! thanks for sharing this cute version with us!

http://www.northerncottage.net

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Great tutorial! And yes, this is a VERY easy project :)

Windy City Mama said...

Nice tutorial! Great for gift giving too!

Rebecca said...

Dang - even I could do that! Now I have to find some fabric I like.

Jessica White said...

Thanks! I'll have to try this project. We don't have a lot of days cool enough for scarves here in Texas, so I better get sewing!