Frome Here to Infinity

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 3 Comments »
I love scarves.  They are a great way to extend you wardrobe's possibilities, and they are a way to bring some nice color up close to your face.  My favorite scarves are infinity scarves, ones that are sewn into a loop so that you can double them up and drape them in a variety of ways.

 A number of my friends have made scarves.  As a matter of fact, my friend Nancy went on a veritable scarf tear a while ago.  I resisted for quite a while, but then I found some lovely Kaffe Fassett rayon on etsy, and made this beauty.  

I love how soft it is and how nicely the rayon drapes.  There will be lots more scarves in my future -- my summer wardrobe really needs updating -- but I plan to use some voile and some lawn as well as more rayon.    Here are some instructions I wrote up just in case you aren't motivated to search through the 100's already posted out there in cyberspace. 
Infinity Scarf 

1 yard of fabric

The first thing you need to do is determine how long you want your scarf to be.  The easiest way to do this is to find a scarf you like and measure it.  You might want it to be longer, and drape over your chest, or you might want it to be shorter and drape close to your neck.  Take the scarf you like & measure it as it is doubled-up.  That is your scarf length (SL).

You will need 2 strips of fabric that are SL + 1”  X  18”. Sew the 2 strips together, end to end.  Press the seam.

Sew your fabric into a tube by folding it in half lengthwise and stitching along the long side, beginning your seam about 3”- 4” from the end & finishing  3”-4” from the other end.  If you are using rayon, you will want to pin generously since the fabric really wants to slip & slide.  

Turn the tube to the right side.  Press your seam by putting the scarf on your ironing board with the seam on top & running down the middle of the tube.  Just iron down the middle & avoid pressing the sides of the tube.  You want to keep the tube soft, without creased edges.

Make a loop by matching the right sides of each of the 2 short ends.  You are working in a small space, and the fabric likes to scoot away, so pin generously.    Sew those ends together.  

Flip the end seams to the inside and press, again trying to avoid making side creases.  You can sew the opening closed by hand, or by machine stitching.  I want my scarves to have nice, soft rounded edges, so I sew by hand to avoid that sharp edge.

Put the scarf on, go look in the mirror, and admire how special you are; take a picture so you can post it on FB and brag.  Then, because you now realize how easy this was, go get more fabric & make a whole wardrobe of scarves! 


tricia scott said...

Nice thanks, Pat

Denise in PA said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, Pat! I can't wait to make one. o:)

Michele said...

Thanks for sharing! I've been thinking about making one, but haven't yet. Your post and beautiful picture is inspirational :-)