An infinity scarf is a circle or loop of fabric that is worn as a scarf. A rectangle of fabric is sewn with no visible seams and it can be worn as a long loop, a loop with a knot or twisted into a double loop. It is created using 2 measurements and can easily be adapted and customised. It is usually sewn with jersey fabric which can be of any weight or type depending on the look you want. The scarf can also be adapted for woven, cotton or even chiffon fabrics.
Depending on the fabric used, it can be sewn for both special occasions and casual wear.
This project for a scarf is also an excellent way of introducing a beginner to sewing with knit fabrics.
- Read through all the instructions before starting.
- The easiest version of the scarf can be sewn in approx 10 mins (perhaps not the first attempt!)
- Unless indicated otherwise, seam allowances are 1.5 cm.
- The measurements given are for an adult-sized scarf, but can be easily adapted to smaller sizes.
What you need:
1.5 metres of fabric (Check the width of the knit fabric if you are buying. If the width is 120cm or more you will only need to buy 60cm)
Universal, Stretch, Ballpoint or Jersey needle, depending on the type and weight of fabric chosen.
Recommended fabric: Any fabric with stretch is suitable for the basic infinity scarf.
Recommended stitch: A useful stitch for stretch fabrics is a small zig-zag stitch (length =1 and width =1) Otherwise choose a stretch stitch as recommended in your machine manual.
Step 1 Create Pattern Pieces OR Measure & Cut Fabric
For a simple one-colour infinity scarf, cut a rectangle of fabric 140cm long and 60cm wide.
Fold the 140cm x 60cm rectangle in half, right sides together. Pin and sew the long edge together to form a long tube.
Reach through the fabric tube and hold the far end with one hand. Using the other hand to pinch along the middle of the seam, begin to pull the end of the tube through, stopping when the short ends meet. One end will be inside the other. (To help visualise what happens in this step, Imagine that you are going to turn the tube right side out, but stopping half way).
Match the seams at the short ends, right sides together and pin the short sides together (it forms a circle)
Sew the short ends together leaving a 10cm opening for turning. If you sew to the edge at each side of the opening (as in the picture) the opening will be easier to sew closed in Step 7.
Taking your time, turn the scarf through the opening, by gently pushing and pulling the fabric through until it forms a large loop.
Hand sew the opening closed for a neat finish
A. Sew the scarf in two different colours. (For a two-colour scarf, cut 2 rectangles, each 140cm long and 33cm wide). Sew as above except in Step 2 don’t fold in half, instead place the 2 colours on top of each other, right sides together. Pin and sew the top long edges together and then the bottom long edges together. Follow the rest of the steps.
B. Sew using 2 different fabric types, a cotton and a firm jersey fabric work well together. Make sure the jersey fabric is underneath the cotton fabric when sewing.
C. Alter the length measurements to your personal preferences. The easiest way to personalise your scarf is to measure one you already own. Otherwise take a length of fabric and wrap it around your neck until you get the look you want. Measure the fabric length and proceed as above.
D. Alter the width of your scarf. Reduce the measurement given in Step 1 for a thinner scarf or increase the measurement for a thicker scarf.
E. Pick unusual fabrics such as chiffon or silk for a different look. Choose the correct needle and stitch for your fabric.
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