By Sobia Hussain for My Halal Kitchen
Spring is finally here! Was it just me or did this winter feel exceptionally longer? Either way, I’m looking forward to the new season and warmer weather. Although the temperatures are gradually rising, we still get those chilly days requiring some added warmth. So, for this tutorial, I decided to show you how to create this simple-to-sew yet trendy infinity scarf perfect for spring.
An infinity scarf is a long closed loop of fabric which can be worn in many different ways. The benefit of making one yourself is you can have it just they way you like it and save money, too! You can add a personal modest touch to your wardrobe by following the instructions below. Feel free to get creative with various prints and trims to create the unique look you want.
Here is what you need:
- approx. 62″L x 30″W light-medium weight fabric (cotton, linen, chiffon, etc)
- coordinating thread
- decorative lace or trim (optional)
- fabric scissors
- straight pins & pincushion
- iron (for pressing)
- sewing machine with basic straight stitch function
If you are a beginner sewer, I would recommend you start with a light to medium weight cotton fabric because it is easiest to sew. Some stretchy and slippery fabrics can be rather tricky and frustrating to work with if you are not familiar with the special needles and techniques it requires. Once you get the hang of cotton, feel free to explore other materials and textiles!
Keep in mind that the length of your fabric can vary depending on how long you would like your infinity scarf. In this particular tutorial, we are making a short double loop infinity scarf. If you wish to make a longer one, feel free to double the length listed in materials.
Before we begin, there are some basic terms you need to know:
Right Side & Wrong Side of Fabric: Usually, you will find 2 sides of a fabric. The right side (front) is typically brighter and bolder in color while the wrong side (back) appears faded and less textured at times.
Seam Allowance: Seam allowance is the amount of fabric between where you sew and the raw edges of the fabric. For example, if a project states a 3/4″ seam allowance, the seams should be sewn 3/4″ in from the raw edge.
Pressing: Pressing is not ironing. Ironing is when you move the iron back and forth to smooth creases in fabric. Pressing is applying gentle pressure without moving the iron around, lift and then press another area of the fabric, and so on. This technique helps keep everything in place without shifting, and is commonly used for sewing.
Double Hem: A double hem encloses the raw edges of a fabric. This gives the fabric a clean and simple finish. It can be used for children’s clothing, simple garments, sleeves, and to shorten pant length.
French Seam: French seams are a classic seam finish which gives a clean appearance, concealing the raw edges of your garment.
Overlock: Overlock is used to secure the thread at the beginning and end when sewing by stitching back and forth about 2-3 times for the first 3 stitches (or last three stitches). This helps avoid fraying and threads coming loose during wash and wear.
Now let’s begin!
First, we are going to jump right into the French seam. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Sew the widths of the fabric together using a 3/8″ seam allowance (photo A). Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″ (photo B). Press the seam allowance to one side (photo C). You should now have formed a long loop with the fabric.
Then, flip the loop inside out so the right sides are now together and seam allowance is now enclosed. Press the seam flat (photo D). Sew along the actual seam line 3/8″ from the fold (photo E). Press the seam flat again. You have just made a French seam (photo F)!
Next, we need to hem the raw edges of the scarf. We will be sewing one side and then repeating for the other side. With wrong side up, fold 1/4″ of the raw edge in, then press. Fold 1/4″ of the hem in again, then press. To secure the hem before sewing, use straight pins about 2″ apart. Now sew along the folded edge of the hem remembering to remove the straight pins as you sew (to avoid damage to the sewing machine). Overlock when beginning and ending the stitch. Repeat for the other side.
OPTIONAL: If you wish to add a decorative trim to your infinity scarf, you can now add it to one side of your infinity scarf. Secure it with straight pins and sew. Some trims are more delicate and may require hand stitching.
And you are done! There are two common ways to wear your infinity scarf: First, wear it as one long loop around your neck; Second, place it around your neck, then twist it, and place the second loop around your neck again. Aside from these ways, there are actually many more styles to wear this scarf. Just Google, “How to wear an infinity scarf”, and you will be surprised!
When you are ready to sew another one, play around with lengths, prints and solids, muted or bold colours, and use lace or mini pom-poms as trims. The variations can be endless. Just use your creativity and imagination! You can’t go wrong.