Introduction: Reversible Hooded Infinity Scarf
This Reversible Hooded Infinity Scarf is an easy sewing project that can be completed in a few hours and is perfect for chilly days.
You can use both knit fabrics and woven fabrics, but for best results ensure that both the lining and the outer fabrics are the same type.
I downloaded a free hood pattern and added extra length to create the scarf section and any hood pattern can be modified to work. I recommend a hood pattern that has a wide middle section as this will allow space at the back of your head that is scarf free as the scarf will start more towards the sides of you face instead of right at the back of the neck.
I used an overlocker to join all of my pieces, but a zig zag stich on a regular sewing machine will work just as well.
- Woven or Knit Fabric
- Paper for Patterning
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
- Needle and Thread and Pins
- Sewing Machine
- Overlocker (Optional)
Step 1: Creating Your Pattern
Start by Cutting out your paper pattern for your hood.
Add a piece of paper under the hood section lining up the paper to the front of the hood piece, and tape the pieces together.
Join more pages until you can draw a line from the back of the hood piece that is roughly 35 inches long- this length will make the scarf section.
Depending on your hood pattern you may need to increase the width of the scarf. To do so, add the required extra to the front of the hood using more paper.
The total extra I added to the bottom of my hood pattern was 35 x 6 inches.
Step 2: Cutting and Sewing
Lay your pattern down on the fabric and cut out your pieces- make sure to mark any notches that were on the paper pattern pieces. You will need a lining and an outer fabric.
The pattern I used requires only two seams- the two sides are joined by a middle section that will lay flat on the top of the head.
Pin the middle section and one of the side sections right sides together. Match any notches and ease the flat section round the curve of the side piece. Sew this seam and repeat for the second side of the hood.
Once you have sewn the outer fabric, complete the inner lining fabric as well.
Step 3: Joining the Outer and Lining
Lay the outer fabric right sides together with the lining fabric.
Start at one end of the scarf section and sew down the entire length of the front of the scarf and hood, in the first image this seam line has been marked in Blue.
Start at one end of the scarf section and sew down the majority of the back of the scarf and hood, leaving a gap about 3 or 4 inches long.
Do not close the ends of the scarf- in the image above these are circled in Blue. The gap left open at the back of the piece is circled in Yellow.
Turn the entire piece right sides out.
Step 4: Joining the Scarf
The next part is the trickiest section of the whole piece- sewing together the two ends of the scarf.
The secret to ensuring that you are joining the right pieces together without twisting is to lay the scarf sections down flat, match the lining fabric of one side of the scarf to the other side of the scarf right sides together and then pin together.
Reach through the gap you left in the back of the hood earlier (the hole that was circled in yellow) and pull the section you just pinned back through.
Since you have already started pinning this seam, and know that there should not be any twisting in the scarf, you can finish lining up the rest of the edge and pinning right sides together until a complete circle is made.
Sew this seam (I sewed first with a sewing machine, and then finished the edge with an overlocker).
Once this seam has been done simply pull the scarf taught and it will pull itself back through the the hole and you will have finished the infinity scarf section.
Tuck the raw edges of the open gap back towards the inside, and close the seam with hand stitches.
Step 5: The Final Step- Top Stitching
Iron the finished piece and top stitch around the entire edge.
My top stitching was roughly 3mm in from the edge, using a small stitch length.
Take your time over the bulky sections where multiple seams join together. You may need to turn the hand wheel on your sewing machine at these spots.
You've completed a Reversible Hooded Infinity Scarf!
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