Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

I hate to say it but it's almost the end of August which means that summer might be disappearing soon. In fact, as I write this its already gloomy and raining outside...
But never fear! Here's an infinity scarf tutorial to keep those autumn chills at bay. The summer fabric clearance in haberdasheries is in full swing so pick yourself up a few metres of lovely floaty lightweight fabric and a handful of vintage lace.

So if you're not ready to drag your coat out the wardrobe yet follow these easy steps to make your own infinity scarf.

Half a metre of lightweight fabric, the particular fabric that I bought was 100% polyester.
A good pair of fabric scissors.
Small embroidery scissors
An overlocker machine (optional but very useful!)
A sewing machine (again this is optional, you can sew by hand of course)
Sewing thread
As little or a much lace as you like
A sewing needle

1. To start with trim your fabric down to the size and shape you want it. You can just tear the fabric along the warp and the weft which means you will get an exactly straight edge. This will only work with some types of fabric but it did work on the fabric that I was using. The size of fabric that I used to make my scarf was 70cm long and 50cm wide. It helps to hold the fabric around your neck to see how long you would like the scarf.

2. Sew the lace onto the scarf in the desired position, sew all around the edge of the lace and make sure you use tiny stitches on the right side of the fabric so that they are as invisible as possible.

3. Neaten the two ends of the scarf with an overlocker machine. Or you can use a zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine.

4. Fold the fabric in half length ways so that the right sides of the fabric are facing, overlock the two edges together to create a seam and turn the fabric the right way round.

5. Tack the two ends of the scarf together so that the right sides of the scarf are facing, leave a small gap about 10cm long.

6. Sew the two ends together using the sewing machine, to do this you will need to pull the ends out through the gap slightly. Then remove the tacking threads.

7. Sew the gap together by hand.

Your infinity scarf is now finished! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. As always if you have any questions please leave me a comment, I'd be happy to help.

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