Sewing an Infinity Scarf

Despite my attempts to keep autumn here forever, we had our first snow last night. My intention was to make the infinity scarf as a transition-from-fall-to-winter DIY project. Apparently mother nature had other plans!

The scarf is simple to make on a sewing machine (I did my fair share of hand stitching for the DIY Greek Lettered Shirts!). And, depending on the fabric you select, can be worn as a decorative or keep-warm scarf! Instructions for wearing the scarf are included at the end.

Let’s Get Creative!

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric of your choice, measuring 24″ wide x 72 ” long (I cut the bolt width in half and made two scarves.)
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing Machine

1. Lay the material flat on a work surface. Trim all four edges evenly for a clean look.

2. With the pretty, patterned side facing up, fold the fabric in half horizontally. (You will be sewing the material inside-out.) It should now measure 12″ wide x 72″ long. Be precise in lining up the horizontal edges.

3. Set you sewing machine to straight stitch. Sew along the long edge, just inside where the edges meet. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to reinforce thread.

4. You’ve created a tube of material. Holding one end of the tube, reach inside and pull fabric right-side-out. The pretty, patterned side should now be facing you and the seam will disappear inside.

5. Again lay the material flat. Smooth out wrinkles from the seam down. Once everything is flat, fold the fabric in half vertically. It should now measure 121″ wide x 36″ long. Line up vertical edges. Flatten more if necessary.

6. Set your sewing machine for a small zig zag stitch. Sew 1/2 inch in, back stitching at the beginning and end. Remove fabric from machine.

7. To keep edge from fraying, set your machine to stretch stitch. Sew 1/4 inch in, getting close to the edge. Don’t forget to backstitch!

Left seam: zig-zag stitch closes the circle; Right seam: straight stitch holds fabric horizontally

8. Cut off excess thread. Turn circle scarf so seam faces inward. Your infinity scarf is complete!
DIY Infinity Scarf, Sewn Scarf

Instructions for Wearing Infinity Scarf
1. Place the loop over your head so it hangs around your neck in a circle.
How to Wear Infinity Scarf

2. Grab the bottom with your left hand, palm down. Twist 180* left so your fingers are facing up and the scarf forms a figure eight (or an infinity sign).
How to Wear Infinity Scarf

3. Holding the grip, bring your left hand toward your face and over your head. Adjust the loops until you have a desired look.
How to Wear Infinity Scarf4. Wear your handmade scarf with pride!
How to Wear Infinity Scarf

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