Back in 2012, I was too intimidated to make clothes. Instead, I sewed zippered bags, place mats, and infinity scarves to sell at a local boutique. (Wanna see what I sold? It took me a while to remember what I called my “brand”, but I found my old website here.)
One of my favourite things to make was infinity scarves, and I still wear them regular. I’ve made a few recently, so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial about how I do it!
Either two jersey knits, or a knit and a woven, about 40cm x the width of the fabric.
With two knits, I make the scarf 60″ long and therefore long enough to wrap twice around the neck. With a knit and a woven, I like to make it shorter so it works are a single loop – I find wovens have more loft, so if they are doubled it can get too puffy for me. Mixing a knit with the woven helps weigh things down and help the scarf to drape nicely.
Turn the scarf right side out. Open up the ends of the tubes, and sew them together as far as you can, with right sides together.
(Let’s imagine my scarf has one side made of knit, and one side woven. I pin the edges together, matching the right sides of the knit. I start sewing about 1/3 of the way on the woven side, passing over the side seam, all the way around the knit side, and back to the woven. Everything will seem horrible tangled towards the end, so stop sewing when you are about 20cm from where you started.) <— I have no idea if that makes any sense the way I’ve explained it. I could never write pattern instructions!
Pull along the length of the scarf, and the seam you just sewed should be pulled inside. If you are using a busy print, it’s easy to just topstitch the gap closed with a machine. It will be at the back of your neck anyway, so who will notice? If you have a solid fabric, you might prefer to hand sew the gap closed. I use ladder stitch to close it up invisibly.
Congratulations – you are done!
Here are a couple of different variations…
Top right: Jersey with pom poms. This one is the full width of the jersey (about 60″) so it loops twice around my neck.
Bottom left: a single layer of sweater knit. The seam is sewn with a simple zig zag, and the edges are raw.
Bottom right: A refashioned cardigan. I cut it off under the arms, and serged the hem to the raw cut long edge. The buttons (squint at the right to see them) keep everything closed.
Do you wear/sew scarves a lot? Any tips to share? What’s your favourite style?