Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for Infinity Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner
Skills Attained: Slip-Stitch
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat 
  • Straight-Edge/Ruler
  • Fabric: 16" x 60"
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle 

Making clothing or accessories is not my area of expertise. I would actually like to become more of a seamstress, but I would need tutelage from someone that has a ton of patience. In the meantime, I'll keep it simple. On top of not being experienced in making clothes, my fashion sense greatly suffers. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and when I do dress up, I usually go with something "classic" (a.k.a. black or solid colors). Since I already have two strikes against me in the area of sewing clothes, I thought I'd spread my wings a little bit and delve into the fashion world with this post. 

The idea of making an infinity scarf came to me as many ideas usually do. I was shopping one day, saw an item, and said, "I can make that cheaper than I can buy it". Thus, the idea was born. Thankfully, my mother-in-law handed down a few tubs full of old material that she doesn't need anymore, so I oftentimes rummage through those fabrics when making my projects. There were a couple fantastic fabrics to use for this project: plaid fleece, stretchy green velvet, and an awesome white furry fabric [see left].

This is truly a straightforward sewing project that would be excellent for a beginner sewer. Let's get started...

1. Cut one piece of fabric in the following [approximate] dimensions: 16" x 60". (Check out "Using a Rotary Cutter" for more detailed instructions.) These are approximate dimensions because it's your preference on how wide or long you would like your scarf. You could certainly make this wider/narrower or longer/shorter. If you don't have one continuous piece, you could piece fabric together; however, more seams would be visible.

2. Fold the fabric in half length-wise right sides together so that your fabric is approximately 8" x 60". Pin the fabric in place along the long edge. 

3. Sew a 1/4" seam along the long (60") edge.

4. The fabric will now be shaped like a tube with two open ends. Feed one end of the tube up through the center and align the edges of the end of the tubes so that the right-sides of the fabric are facing. 

The "tube" of fabric after pinning the open ends
(right-side together) in place.
The wrong-side of the fabric should be visible. 

5. Align the long-edge seam (making sure the fabric is not twisted within the tube) and pin in place.

Align the long-edge seams of both ends of the tube
when pinning together.

6. You may need to remove your sewing machine table extension in order to fit the tube around your sewing machine. 

Remove Sewing Machine Table Extension

7.  Sew a 1/4" seam around all but 3" of the fabric. (You will need the 3" opening to turn the fabric right side out. For bulkier fabric, you may need to leave a bigger opening.) 

7. Using a slip-stitch, hand sew the 3" opening closed. (Refer to the end of my "Taggie Blanket" post for how to sew a slip stitch.)

I made a number of these for Christmas gifts, and I think they were a hit. This is a great hand-made gift to make a friend, sister, or mom in your life!

Check out more posts on my 2014 A to Z Challenge!

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