Sunday, January 12, 2014

DIY Infinity Scarf {in under 10 minutes!}

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I don't know about you, but we have had a TON of snow lately (17.5 inches in one sitting!)  that's a pretty good amount for Indiana.  Since it has been so chilly, I have accompanied most of my outfits with scarves.  While talking with a co-worker who said that she loved my infinity scarf but that she only owned one herself, I started to think about how easy it would be to whip up a few.

Turns out it is even easier than I expected.  It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish (really!)

What you need:
-Thread that matches fabric
-Sewing Machine (or hand sew if you wish)

Here's how to do it:
STEP 1: Find some fabric.  All of this fabric was already in my "stash".  The sizes are as follows:

Black: 59x12 inches
Coral: (roughly) 57x13 inches
Green: 57x13 inches
Gold: 59x27 inches

The green and black fabric was already cut to that length (scraps) and since the coral was such a dense fabric, I chose to make it thinner in width as well.  Since the gold was so light weight, I doubled the width to give it more volume.  As you can see, the fabric and width both make a significant difference in how the scarf will look.

STEP 2: Fold the fabric in half -lengthwise- with right sides together (right side= the side you want to see, usually the darker side)

STEP 3: Pin along the edges.  You will be sewing the long side and one short side, although you may not need to pin the short side at all.

STEP 4:  Once everything is in place, sew a straight stitch down the long side of the scarf and then turn and sew one short side (do NOT sew both short sides closed!)  Don't forget to back stitch when you stop and start to keep your threads in place. I sew at 5/8 inch but 1/2 inch is commonly used as well.

STEP 5: Pull the fabric through the opening in the un-sewn short end, turning it right side out.

STEP 6: Using your finger or a blunted item (like an un-clicked pen), pop the corners of the sewn short end out. This isn’t as important in a scarf as in other crafts, but it will help the fabric lay better. Do this by pushing the corners lightly from the inside.

STEP 7: On the open end, fold around an inch of the fabric to the inside and then slide the closed (short) end into the opening. This will make a nice edge and will close the scarf. Pin this in place.

STEP 8: Stitch along the edge as close as you can, making sure to catch the underside as well (if you pinned them together evenly it should be fine)

Ideally, you want to use a thread that blends in to the fabric. For the sake of this post, I used white threads against the green and black so that the stitching is visible. If you cannot find thread that matches, it will only show in the back. Below is how it will look when matched:

That’s it! Although there are 8 steps involved, that is just for detail. Sewing these scarves will take less than 10 minutes and are perfect for even the most beginners with sewing. I had time to make FOUR of them and I take forever to do anything!

Here’s how the width looks when they lay flat:

Wear them folded twice or only once, either way you will look great in your brand new infinity scarf! While you are at it, might as well make one for a friend too!

Most importantly, HAVE FUN! I particularly liked the “photo shoot” for this post (my husband took the pictures of me in the scarves). I was trying to keep all the pictures consistent in appearance and he just kept making me laugh. If you aren’t having fun then it’s not worth your time. Enjoy!

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann

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