Saturday, December 24, 2011

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Merry Christmas to all!  I know I've slacked off on posting again.  I've been busy finalizing Christmas gifts, etc. - so I hope you'll forgive me!  I've made a few really cool infinity scarves this year and thought I'd do a little "how to" tutorial for all of you!  They are so fun, easy and really spruce up an outfit -- and/or block the cold from coming down the neck of your parka!

It all started when I posted a pic of the flannel infinity scarf I made to FaceBook:

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Warm, fuzzy and my favorite colors! That led to requests for everyone's favorite redhead to model it.

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He's a pro. Seriously.

That started a "how do you..." and "I'd love one" and ... etc.!  I made a bunch more, then thought I'd put together a step-by-step so you can make your own. The following one is made from a quilt-weight cotton, but you could use cotton, flannel, fleece ... whatever!  I'm a visual learner, so there are tons of pix.

You'll need a yard of fabric.  Cut said fabric 30 x 36".  Fold that so that it's now 15 x 36" -- right sides together.  Like so:

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Sew that long side, using 1/4" seam allowance, forming a long tube.  Iron your seam open and give everything a good pressing.  It should look like this:

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Reach into one end of the tube, and bring that far end inside the tube, matching it to the other end.

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You now have a folded tube with the right sides together.  Sort of.  Line up the seams --

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Instead of pinning like that, twist that inner part of the tube that you grabbed a full 360 degrees!

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It looks like a mess, but it'll be OK.  Match the seams back up and pin.

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Get the two raw edges nicely lined up all around your tube and pin.

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Pins are your friends.  Just don't sew over them.  Sew all along your opening, leaving a gap for turning.

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I like to mark the stop/start of my gap with double pinning, so I won't forget.  (And yes, I was sporting a band aide.  I scraped the daylights out of the back of my hand when I moved the stove to clean behind it.  Oops.)

Now... reach into that gap you left open and turn the scarf right side out!

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Because I love pins, pin the gap...

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... then sew shut using a blind stitch.

Here's your scarf!

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I made that one and a couple more for a friend.  You can see the others here and here.  The possibilities are endless - as is the scarf.  Ha ha, I crack myself up sometimes!

I also made a flannel one for my husband that is half as wide (cut 15 x 36") just to tuck into his parka to keep the chill out.  Nothing poofy or girlie about it at all.  Then my friend Shelli (AKA the Macon Bag-a-holic) asked if they could be made with two fabrics.  Great idea!  Why not!?!  Cut two coordinating fabrics 15 x 36", sew together ... etc.!  I made one for her and think it looks darling!

IMG_5509 Shelli's Infinity Scarf

I let my Siberian Husky stuffie model it instead of one of the boys - I like to send things out as Sibe-hair-free as possible - even though Shelli has two Sibes and a kit-cat who would have been happy to bury their noses in Zim and Dave's fur!

Here are Sitka and Shelli with the Infinity Scarf!

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Beautiful!  (Both of them!)

Let me know if you have any questions on the tute!  Note:  Be careful if you use a directional print!  Make sure it will go the way you want it to!  Good luck and I hope you'll give it a try!!

Thanks for reading!

6 comments:

pattyink said...

That looks easy enough for me, that is, if I still owned a sewing machine.
Love the pine cone fabric.
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to send it to a friend who I'm sure will start whipping up infinity scarves left and right.

BeadedTail said...

Oh I love that scarf too! Your redhead model is very handsome! I understood the tutorial until the word "sew" and then my brain shut off! :)

Shmoo said...

I LOVE my KZK eternity scarves, and the green one being made is mine :) LOVE IT!!!!!

Huffle Mawson said...

I don't get the twisting part. Which is why I just admire your sewing and don't even try it myself.

Jinnifer richard said...

great job for you.keep it up

Deborah said...

I'm working on a patriotic trivia quilt for a charity auction. I had bought that Civil War flag fabric and thought I'd fussy cut some of those flags out and come up with really tough questions. Well, I had a devil of a time matching up the flags until I came across your blog! Thank you for all the research. Now I'll be able to include several of the flags. Your quilt is stunning. At this point I just want mine finished.
Deborah