Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Hi friends! Guess what?! It's tutorial day! Yay! Are you ready for another fun, fast, and easy project? In today's lesson we will learn how to make this super comfy infinity scarf. I don't know about you, but I looove me a good infinity scarf. They look cute and fun, they never fall off, and you don't have to be a tying ninja to make them look awesome.

Also, for those of you with your Christmas planning caps on, you can tuck this little tutorial away as a great go-to gift for the women on your list this year. Since it takes only one piece of fabric (no cutting!) and two seams, you could have gifts for all the ladies on your list taken care of in less than an hour. Boo-yah!

Let's get to it!...
Ok, confession. This infinity scarf is basically the easiest thing ever, but I wasn't thinking too clearly when I made the prototype and I sewed things in the wrong order (I know, there are only 2 seams and I still sewed them in the wrong order), so, long story short, I had to abandon the photo-tutorial route and instead venture into the world of illustration. The good news is, I am so awesome at drawing in really lame programs like paint. The better news is that I finally broke down and signed up for an Illustrator course today, so, while I hope there will be plenty more illustrated tutorials in the future, I am also hopeful that the illustrations will get much, much better over time. But whatevs. The important thing is: Let's make an infinity scarf!

Step 1: Cut your fabric to about 60" wide by 45" tall.

Step 2: With the right sides together, fold the fabric in half lengthwise so the long (60" wide) edges meet and pin.

Step 3: Sew the long edges together using a 1/2" or 5/8" seam allowance.
It doesn't really matter which, but if you're lazy like me and you don't bother cutting off the selvage edge, using a 5/8" seam allowance will keep the selvage from showing on your scarf.

Step 4: With the right sides together, fold the scarf in on itself so the short (45" wide) edges meet and pin. Both the fold and the raw edges should form a circle so that the scarf is really a tube right now.

Step 5: Sew along the short (45" wide) edges using a 1/2" or 5/8" seam allowance. Leave a 6" wide opening to turn the scarf right side out.

Step 6: Turn the scarf right side out. Press the scarf, making sure to keep the seam allowance along the opening tucked neatly inside as you press.

Step 7: Use a slipstitch to hand stitch the opening closed.
To sew a slipstitch, thread an arms length of thread onto a needle and tie the ends together. Starting from inside the scarf, poke the needle up through the fabric on one end of the opening. The knot will now be hidden inside the scarf. (1) Insert the needle back into the fabric right along the fold. (2) Poke the needle back out through the opening about 1/4" away along the fold. (3) Poke the needle down through the fold on the opposite side, directly across from where you exited your previous stitch. (4) Poke the needle back up through the fold 1/4" away. Pull the thread so the fabric between your two stitches comes together. (5) Continue taking small stitches along the fold on either side of the opening and pulling the thread tight until you've sewn the entire opening closed. When you're finished, take a small stitch through the fabric and tie a knot. Then insert the needle down into the inside of the scarf and poke it back out of the scarf about 1" away. Pull the thread tight and snip the thread ends right down next to the fabric. The thread ends will hide neatly inside the scarf.

Step 9: To prepare your scarf for wearing, twist it into a figure 8.

Step 10: Bring both circle parts of the 8 together to form a double O.

Step 11: To wear your scarf, slip the double O over your head, adjust your scarf to your liking, and enjoy looking so awesome.


My real camera refused to take a flattering picture of  me in my rockin' new scarf, so here's an ipod picture for you. Fingers crossed that next week's tutorial gets along better with the ol' dSLR.

Happy sewing!


Mego said...

I love it! So easy! What type of material is best to use for these?

Katie Lewis said...

Thanks Megan! I used voile for this one, but I'm excited to try it in knit and flannel too. I think it would work well in a lot of different fabrics.