Let's start with true confessions: I can't sew! But, I still managed to pull off making this adorable scarf. If I can do it, you can too. If you are an amateur with sewing, keep reading for my beginner's guide to a simple infinity scarf. However, if you are more advanced, please look away;-)
My sister gave me a strip of flannel fabric last winter. She had extra left over from making her own scarf. "It's easy", she said. "It will only take you 5 minutes", she said. But, considering it usually takes me an hour just to thread my machine, I knew that wouldn't be the case.
So, I did nothing with it for almost an entire year. Then autumn came along. I started seeing all of the fun flannel that is EVERYWHERE this season and remembered that unfinished scarf sitting in my closet.
There were a couple of other basic sewing tasks I'd been wanting to accomplish, so I pulled out my sewing machine and grabbed the flannel to give it a try.
God must have given me an extra dose of patience, because I actually read the directions and threaded my machine in about 10 minutes. That is an all-time record for me, people! The actual sewing portion probably took me about 30 minutes. If you have a basic understanding of a sewing machine, I imagine you could actually complete this in 10-15 minutes.
Materials needed to make infinity scarf:
- Sewing machine (Click here for the model I have. It works well for amateur sewers such as myself)
- 2 yards of fabric of choice (I'm linking a cute buffalo check fabric here)
- Fabric scissors
- Thread to match fabric
- Straight sewing pins
Beginner's Guide to a simple infinity scarf:
STEP 1: Choose your lightweight fabric.
The piece I had was 16 x 80 inches, but keep in mind that is how it was given to me. Plan on buying 2 yards of a fabric you love and you can make one scarf for yourself and one to give away! If you purchase 2 yards, just cut the fabric in half lengthwise and you are good to go for two scarves.
STEP 2: Fold your material lengthwise with the right sides facing together.
STEP 3: Pin the long edge together and sew a straight seam about ½ inch from the long edge.
I'll be honest, I didn't measure how close my seam was. A straight line was my main objective! I wouldn't say I nailed it, but it's definitely good enough.
STEP 4: Sew a "straight" seam on one of the narrow ends.
Ok, this step is where I went off the tracks a little bit. The next instructions you see might make my mom and sister shudder as I'm certain this is not the "correct" way to complete this scarf, but it worked. AND, it looks good.
STEP 5: Next I turned the scarf right-side out and pinned the unsewn narrow end as shown below.
STEP 6: Then, I carefully lined up the narrow end (that was previously sewn in Step #4) and tucked it inside, sewing them together.
I made sure my tube was lined up well and tried to match up the print as best I could.
Beginner's Guide to a Simple infinity scarf: You are done!
This length of scarf will wrap around twice and be a good length.
If I can do this, I have confidence that nearly anyone can!
I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for some inexpensive fabric to make more. Have you made an infinity scarf before? How did yours turn out?