Just so we’re all clear – this whole “how-to make an infinity scarf” post is all because I am probably the biggest nerd in the whole world. Several weeks ago I went looking for a Deathly Hallows infinity scarf on Etsy, and I just couldn’t really find one I liked. But then I found this fabric and thought “how hard could this really be .. I can totally sew straight lines”. So I watched a few YouTube tutorials and as it turns out, yeah, making an infinity scarf is really quite simple – provided you have a basic understanding of how to use a sewing machine, and have a few tools handy at home.
I’m going to give a basic run down here, but really, YouTube is the place to be. This is video I watched (several times) and emulated, but I also used this blog post as a guide as well. I am going to do my best to write this post in SUPER DUPER layman’s terms – because this is not a crafting/sewing blog y’all and really, I don’t know the proper terms for most of this stuff.
Okay, stuff you’ll need:
2 yards of fabric (I’ll talk below about what kind you should choose)
Straight sewing pins
First, you’ll want to cut your fabric. The tutorial I was following suggested cutting it with a width of 12″, but I found this to be too short (I made several of these bad boys) for me. While the fabric I’m using had an awesome print (I mean, AWESOME PRINT), it’s a pretty stiff combed cotton and not really what you want for a scarf. I would recommend a knit fabric of some kind so that it hangs a little better than mine does. Regardless, 12″ is kind of thin considering you’ll be folding it in half – I ended up going with 18″.
It doesn’t matter how long your fabric is (mine was 52″), you’re going to double it up and loop it around your neck anyways.
So, to recap, cut your fabric (18″ x 52″). Now, fold in half length-wise with the pretty side faced-in. Pin the two edges together to make sewing easier.
Now, sew a really easy straight line all the way down the length, creating an inside-out tube of fabric.
Turn the tube right-side out.
Now (and this is tricky to write directions for, you might want to refer to this video again), pull the bottom back over the outside – all the while keeping the hems lined up – until the two ends are matched up again (you should have basically folded the scarf wrong side out in half again).
Make sure the edges are flush to each other, and make sure the hems are still matched up – now, sew the two edges together all the way around BUT LEAVE ABOUT 2 INCHES OPEN at the end. Also, this is a good place to remind everyone to make sure you’re sealing the beginning/ends of your stitches with backward stitches too … in this part especially you’ll want to make sure they’re nice and secure.
Here’s the important part – pull the scarf right-side out through the small 2″ hole you’ll left at the top. Go slowly, don’t pull too hard because you don’t want to rip your seams, but pull everything out and you should have what looks like a now awesome infinity scarf once you’ve pulled it out!
Your last step is to hand stitch that last 2″ hole closed. There are some really fancy ways of doing this so that the stitches are hidden … but ain’t no one (in this house) got time for that. Stitch ‘em closed, call it a day, wear that part of the scarf behind your neck where no one will see.
Ta da! You’re all done! You’ve created a really easy, really inexpensive infinity scarf that you can now give as a gift this holiday season. Or, you know, just keep it yourself. Because there are few people out there who share my excitement for wearing Harry Potter symbols on their clothing.