You’ve seen them everywhere, on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook. They are always the rage come fall time and it seems like every woman has at least one: Infinity scarves.
Simple, often handmade accessories, that complete any look, their low-key appearance has appealed for many seasons and for many reasons.
But what if you want to try your own hand at making one? Especially if you aren’t a knitter or don’t want the knitted look, but instead you wish there was a way to have an infinity scarf made from comfy cloth?
There is! And this tutorial will show you just how to do it.
Quick and easy to make, the option of sewing your own infinity scarf opens up a wide variety of colors, materials, and patterns for your project. They make wonderful personal gifts for loved ones as well.
The method we will be using today will show you how to make a double-layered scarf with the seams hidden and enclosed in just a few minutes of work.
What You Need for Sewing an Infinity Scarf
- Two (2) yards of fabric (in any material, pattern, or color you desire)
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine or serger. (This guide will only detail the sewing machine.)
- Hand sewing needle
- Scissors and pins
How to Sew an Infinity Scarf
While you can choose any fabric that you wish, since we’re just starting out on our first project, it’s recommended that you use a lightweight fabric like rayon or even silk.
Avoid heavier materials such as canvas or twill, and other thicker options, which are harder to work with – especially for beginners.
However, flannel, linen, cotton, and lightweight wool are all perfectly acceptable fabrics to spin into an infinity scarf and are quite often the ones you’ll see!
To begin, cut a rectangle into the fabric – at the size of your desired length and width. Around 60 inches will make a close-fitting scarf that wraps around the neck twice, but more than that is fine.
Remember that in this tutorial, we are making a double-layered scarf, so the width needs to be double what you want the finished project to be.
For example, if you want 20 inches in width at the end, be sure to cut the fabric to 40 inches wide.
Second, take the cut fabric and fold it so that the right sides are touching. Then break out your sewing machine and sew the long sides of the rectangle together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. (The serger might be better adapted to a 3/8″ allowance).
You want to try and sew along the length of the fabric to generate a sort of long tube. Don’t forget: you need to turn the fabric inside-out before sewing.
Thirdly, turn the fabric right side out and lay it completely flat. Move things around so that the seam is in the middle and facing up to you, so you can see it clearly.
Now, take one short-end seam of the fabric and pinch it so that you can pull it over to meet the other short seam-end, the right sides of them pressed together. Pin this together, creating a seam intersection.
Then, working away from the intersection you just pinned, continue pinning your way along the raw edges of the two short ends.
As you continue this, remember that you are pinning two circles together and that will cause the fabric to try and start rolling itself into a pocket. This is normal! Keep going until you see your first pin.
Don’t pin the last pin too close to the first one. You want to leave a six-inch gap between your first pin and the last.
This will allow you to easily turn it right side out after you’ve finished sewing the seams together. Otherwise, you might have a bigger struggle than the easy project you were promised!
Now, sew those edges together, moving from pin to pin, being sure to remove them as you go. Do not sew the gap together! Leave it be so that you can turn the scarf right side out through the gap that you created earlier.
Then, take that needle we mentioned earlier and sew together the gap by hand. Be sure to tuck it under so that the seam will be as invisible as the rest of the seams in the piece. If you imagine a better way to do this, feel free to, but be sure that the seam is hidden.
Once you’ve completed this task, tie the thread off and snip it with the scissors. There you go! Your own stylish, versatile, and now admirably hand-made accessory that everyone can be jealous of.
Here’s a video explaining the process of sewing an infinity scarf.
Who would’ve known it was that easy to do? With this project under your belt, you can sew as many infinity scarves as you would like!
Have you tried this method for sewing an infinity scarf?