Introduction: How to Make an Infinity Scarf
This infinity scarf is quick and easy to put together - even for beginning sewists! You can make this infinity scarf using one or two colors, maybe even more if you feel like stitching together multiple pieces to form a panel. This infinity scarf is sewn so that you don't have any raw edges showing, which makes it look much more professional!
You can use this technique with just about any fabric. Jersey and fleece work really well and drape nicely, but you could also use quilting cotton, linen, or other apparel fabric, too!
I've chosen to make my infinity scarf out of grey jersey and stretch lace because I really like the way they look together. :D
Keep reading and I'll show you how to crank out infinity scarves in no time!
Step 1: Supplies + Materials
- 2 pieces of fabric 14x60 inches - I'm using stretch lace and jersey
- OR 1 piece of fabric 28x60 inches
- sewing machine (this is the machine I'm using, the Janome HD 1000)
- scissors or rotary cutter
- needle and thread
- sewing pins
If you decide to use jersey, I recommend using a walking foot - it'll make sewing easier! Sadly the one I have is not compatible with my machine. Boo!
If you want a one color scarf, cutting a piece of fabric 28x60 is perfect - you'll just fold it in half and sew.
For a two color scarf, you'll need two 14x60 panels.
If you'd like to make a multicolor scarf, just sew together enough pieces that you end up with two 14x60 panels. :)
Step 2: Pin and Fold the Fabric for Cutting
Because we're working with such large pieces of fabric, I find it's easier to fold the fabric and cut out a 14x30 (or 28x30 if you're doing one color!) piece at the fold, as opposed to cutting out the full 60 inch length. Folding it will make your cuts more precise.
If you're working with jersey, I recommend pinning lines just outside where you'll be cutting - jersey can be a little slippery and try to run away from you if you don't secure it. Pinning will keep both layers together as you cut. :)
Step 3: Cut the Fabric
I cut the first panel using a rotary cutter and a ruler to make sure my edges were all nice and straight.
Once that was done, I kept the first panel folded in half and laid the stretch lace over it and used it as a guide to trim the lace to the right size with scissors.
If you're cutting two panels, doing it that way will save you a good amount of time.
Step 4: Pin and Sew the Sides Together
Pin the panels together, right sides facing.
Sew down the long edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance - if using jersey do a zig zag stitch!
Don't worry if your edges don't line up totally perfectly - this scarf is really forgiving and we'll trim the edges next. :D
Step 5: Trim the Seam Allowances and Ends
Trim up your seam allowances so they're nice and skinny (around 1/8-1/4 inch is good!) and use a ruler to make sure your ends are nice and straight.
Step 6: Bring the Scarf Ends Together
Keep the scarf wrong side out so the seams are visible. Reach into one end and grab the other end from the inside.
Pull the other end through the scarf so it meets up with the end you reached through.
You should have four ends all laying together - the outside is wrong side out, the inside layers right side out.
Step 7: Pin and Sew the End
Pin the top two layers together and the bottom two layers together so it forms an open tube. Leave a 2-3 inch wide spot without pins - you're not going to sew in that area so you can turn the scarf right side out. I marked that spot using vertical pins.
Make sure the side seams line up when pinning - it'll make it look nicer.
If your sewing machine has a free arm, take off the bed so you can sew in the round. Otherwise, just lay the scarf ends down so you can sew through only one layer at a time.
Sew using a 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance and backstitch at the ends. Start at the bottom vertical pin and then around to the top one.
Step 8: Turn Right Side Out and Finish
Turn the scarf right side out and marvel at how awesome it looks. :D
Now we'll need to close the tiny hole that's left. You can either line up the edges and run over them with the sewing machine, or sew it closed using a slip stitch.
If you've never done a slip stitch before, it's a great thing to learn! I do it every time I can. Here's my tutorial for learning to slip stitch.