Hey y’all – we now continue our regular programming for this month – Accessories. Today I’m showing how to sew an infinity scarf – which also happens to be a great project for beginners and even to do in a group.
To make each scarf, you need a 2 yard by 22″ piece of fabric. You can either but 2 yards of fabric and make 2 scarves out of those 2 yards, or you can use one yard, cut it into two 36 in by 22 in pieces and then sew them together along one 22″ side to create 1 scarf out of 1 yard.
You can use pretty much any type of fabric for this, but keep in mind that the thicker/less drapey the fabric is, the thicker and fuller the scarf will be. The scarf pictured above is a cotton voile – that’s on the thinnest, most drapey end of the scale. The ones in the group project were made from cotton flannel prints, which are toward the stiffest, least drapey end of the scale.
Once you have your piece of fabric, fold it right sides together, matching the long edges. Sew the long edge, forming a long tube.
Next – you’re going to turn the tube halfway. This is easiest to accomplish by reaching into through middle of the tube, grabbing the end, and pulling it into the middle of the tube. Once you have the raw edges lined up at the top end of the tube, make sure the seam edges also match. In other words, you don’t want any twists in the tube. Once you have this done, sew around the circle end of the tube, leaving an opening that you can reach your hand through to finish turning the scarf.
Turn the scarf all the way right sides out through the hole you left. Then you can either do a blind stitch by hand to close the hole invisibly, or you can fold the raw edges in and pin them together then sew a straight stitch across the hole to close it. The second method is faster, but the topstitching can be seen.
We did this as a project in my local MOMs group, and I had a lot of fun sharing my love of sewing with my friends. Start to finish, with 3 sewing machines and about 15 ladies, this project took us only an hour.