Make It, Own It, Love It
If you haven’t undertaken a project from scratch yet, then with the help of this infinity scarf make I’m going to give you the courage to turn half a metre (yard) of fabric into a fantastic wearable garment. If on the other hand you’ve already conquered a few projects and you have an ever-growing fabric stash that needs a bit of a cull, then this is the perfect way to create some much-needed space, with the added benefit that it’ll give you a reason to go fabric shopping!
I promise when you have made this scarf once, you’ll be knocking up a new one with the change of the season. For this make you can use various fabric weights: cottons or viscose for spring and summer, and light knits or jerseys for autumn and winter.
The instructions are the same no matter what the fabric choice.
In this make you’ll mostly use straight stitching on a machine, and you’ll also get a chance to perfect your hand stitching to close up the final opening in the seam neatly.
Begin by pressing a section of fabric, ideally measuring 150cm (60in) across by 50cm (20in) long. This will allow for a double wrap around.
Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, matching the long raw edges. Pin all the way along this long edge leaving the short ends open.
With a matching thread, begin straight stitching on a 1.5cm seam allowance along the pinned long edge. Remove the pins as you go.
Either backstitch or tie off the threads at the beginning and end to secure.
Stitch a row of zigzag stitching within the seam allowance along the sewn long edge, to help preserve the seam during washing.
Next, slide your arm in through the centre opening. Take a light hold of the opposite end, pull this all the way through. You’ll end up having the scarf turned through the correct way so you will be seeing the right side of the fabric.
Take both of the open ends of the fabric. Align the previously sewn seams and begin pinning the raw edges together, you’ll be able to pin about three-quarters of the way around.
Join the pinned raw edges, by sewing with a 1.5cm seam allowance around as far as you can – this will be about three quarters of the way around. Turn this sewn edge to the inside. You can do this either by working the fabric through the unsewn gap or by gently pulling on either end of the right sides. Once all the stitching is turned to the inside, press the opening so that the seam allowance is even with the previously sewn section.
To close the gap we’re going to use a type of slipstitch that’s also known as a ladder stitch. Take a threaded needle, knotted at the end. Bring the needle through from the inside of the scarf at the end of the opening. Try to come through exactly on the pressed fold. Move the needle along just a few threads from where you first brought it out. Slip it back into the fabric and then slide it along inside of the fold just a few millimetres (fractions of an inch).
Bring the needle out again on the fold line, drawing the thread all the way out. Slip the needle into the fabric on the opposite fold. Slide the needle along by a few more millimetres (fractions of an inch) and bring it out on the pressed fold.
Repeat this ‘in, along, out, across’ method all the way along the opening. After every few stitches gently pull on your threads to bring the folded edges together perfectly. Once you reach the end of the opening tie off with a securing stitch and trim away any excess thread.