by Tatanisha Wooley
An easy DIY infinity scarf to try
If you love infinity scarves but don’t want to spend the money on one you could follow this and you could have your own infinity scarf for less than ten dollars. I spent 16.99 on my own scarf! This project could either be a way to help distress or if you never knitted before this could be a great time so start.
• 2 pieces of fabric 14×60 inches or jersey
• OR 1 piece of fabric 28×60 inches
• sewing machine
• scissors or rotary cutter
• needle and thread
• sewing pins
If you want a one color scarf, cutting a piece of fabric 28×60 is perfect – you’ll just fold it in half and sew.
For a two color scarf, you’ll need two 14×60 panels.
If you’d like to make a multicolor scarf, just sew together enough pieces that you end up with two 14×60 panels.
Pin and fold the fabric for cutting-Because we’re working with such large pieces of fabric, I find it’s easier to fold the fabric and cut out a 14×30 (or 28×30 if you’re doing one color!) piece at the fold, as opposed to cutting out the full 60-inch length. Folding it will make your cuts more precise. If you’re working with jersey, I recommend pinning lines just outside where you’ll be cutting – jersey can be a little slippery and try to run away from you if you don’t secure it. Pinning will keep both layers together as you cut.
Cut the fabric- I cut the first panel using a rotary cutter and a ruler to make sure my edges were all nice and straight. Once that was done, I kept the first panel folded in half and laid the stretch lace over it and used it as a guide to trim the lace to the right size with scissors. If you’re cutting two panels, doing it that way will save you a good amount of time.
Pin and sew the sides together- Pin the panels together, right sides facing. Sew down the long edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance – if using jersey do a zig zag stitch! Don’t worry if your edges don’t line up totally perfectly – this scarf is really forgiving and we’ll trim the edges next.
Trim the seam allowances and ends-Trim up your seam allowances so they’re nice and skinny (around 1/8-1/4 inch is good!) and use a ruler to make sure your ends are nice and straight.
Bring the scarf ends together- Keep the scarf wrong side out so the seams are visible. Reach into one end and grab the other end from the inside. Pull the other end through the scarf so it meets up with the end you reached through. You should have four ends all laying together – the outside is wrong side out, the inside layer’s right side out.
Pin and sew the end- Pin the top two layers together and the bottom two layers together so it forms an open tube. Leave a 2-3-inch-wide spot without pins – you’re not going to sew in that area so you can turn the scarf right side out. I marked that spot using vertical pins. Make sure the side seams line up when pinning – it’ll make it look nicer. If your sewing machine has a free arm, take off the bed so you can sew in the round. Otherwise, just lay the scarf ends down so you can sew through only one layer at a time. Sew using a 1/4-1/2-inch seam allowance and backstitch at the ends. Start at the bottom vertical pin and then around to the top one.
Turn right side out and finish-Turn the scarf right side out and marvel at how awesome it looks. Now we’ll need to close the tiny hole that’s left. You can either line up the edges and run over them with the sewing machine, or sew it closed using a slip stitch. If you’ve never done a slip stitch before, it’s a great thing to learn! I do it every time I can
*******Courtesy of instrucables.com*******