Monday, October 4, 2010

Infinity Scarf - Tutorial



What do you do when your love of infinity scarves and your obsession with all things plaid, collide?......



......you get this!


Whether it's my love for the mid 90's grunge era or my upbringing in cowboy country (I'm a Montana native), plaid holds a dear place in my heart. Forever. Not only is this provincial pattern timeless, but it also generates a feeling of coziness and warmth. And somehow, whenever I feel it on my skin, I feel consoled. All appropriate means for a winter scarf! 

Infinity scarves (a.k.a. eternity scarf, circle scarf or tube scarf) are genius. Most simple things are. There's no crazy ways to tie it. It just goes around your neck, and then it goes around again. See? Plain and simple. Just the way I like it! 

 Materials that you will need:
1.75 yards of fabric (only if you don't want 2 seams. buy only 7/8 yrd. if you don't mind piecing it)
sewing machine
scissors and or pinking shears


 Begin by laying your fabric flat and cutting it to 63"x22" (or 2 pieces at 31.5X22). It's unfortunate that you have to get a whole 1.75 yards of fabric and only use half of it. Make light of the situation by making a scarf for someone else by using the other half! Think Christmas presents! 
(Feel free to adjust the size of your scarf to your desired length and width - this is just what worked best for me!) 


 If you don't have a serger, this is where you will need to use your pinking shears to prevent fraying! A standard trait of plaid! 


 After your fabric has been cut to size, fold it in half lengthwise (63"x11") and sew the 63" sides together.


 Stop 2" from the edge on both ends. This will create a very necessary 4" opening for the next step.


Next, Turn your fabric right side in. Your fabric should resemble a "tube". Then fold your fabric in half to where all the raw edges meet together.


 Take the two inside pieces that meet and pin them together. Begin to sew them together and around the entire raw edge to close off your tube. This is where your 4" opening will be handy! Your scarf should now be a complete circular tube.


 You can either hand sew the 4" opening shut to where a seam is not visible, or if you are like me and just don't care that it shows, just fold the edges in and sew along the outside to close it off. 

And that's it - A DIY infinity scarf for the new season! So, no matter if you think Courtney killed Kurt or you long for a home on the range, this is a perfect accessory piece for your winter wardrobe!

Pair it with your favorite blazer, pea coat or sweater and you are ready for that tall cup of hot cocoa and hay ride! 

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52 comments:

aweekfromthursday said...

Aside from the plaid, what type of fabric would you recommend? Is that flannel?

1.5 yrds of fabric can be pretty cheap at some places, especially since a cute hoop scarf from Urban Outfitters can run upwards of $15 plus shipping.

Love the tutorial. I certainly plan on making this one. It looks great and easy.

aweekfromthursday.wordpress.com

Amy said...

aweekfromthursday,
most infinity scarves that I've seen are made with a lightweight fabric, light jersey knit or sheer cotton. You can use anything, but I wanted a sturdier, heavy fabric and I wanted plaid, so this is what I chose. It is not a flannel but a woven 100% cotton suting material. I hope this helps! Good luck and I would love to see pictures!

Stephanie said...

I made a plaid scarf this weekend, too. :) I looooove plaid. I would like to try one of these some time...thanks for the tutorial!

size too small said...

soooooo good! i love my infinity scarf so much i dont think i could go back to a regular one. i never even thought about making them myself- i'm going to keep my eye out for some fun fabric!

L ~DIY Diva~ said...

love this! i made one last year and it is my go-to scarf!

~L~
www.AvidAccents.blogspot.com
link up you DIY and outfit post
for a chance to win a month long feature

aweekfromthursday said...

I just made it. Here's a pic:

http://aweekfromthursday.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/i-made-this-loop-scarf/

Mine had a strange twist to it, was that supposed to happen? Either way, I am completely in love with it. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I can't wait to make more.

Joan said...

I love it. Did you make another one to give away with the extra fabric? Just saying...

knack said...

I love the scarf so much! Your styled photographs are so pretty too:)

wish I could sew....but I cannot.....guess I'll just stick to painting!

xo

Jessica Hills said...

Oooh I love that! I love the outfit you put it with too :)

Kee said...

Looks great Amy! I love it.

Mandy said...

Beautiful scarf - I love the fabric you chose! I can't wait to make one of these :)

Staci J said...

That's soo darling! I love the fabric, i want one:)
I'd love for you to stop by my blog and check out the fun giveaway going on this week!!
http://justsewsassy.com/2010/10/04/tuesday-tutorial-halloween-ribbon-ornaments-giveaway/

Fallan said...

I have been wanting to make one of these. I love the fabric you choose. Really nice for fall! =)

AmyF Hackworth said...

Hi Amy! I saw your post on Natalie Schofield's facebook comment about blogs. I know someone named Amy Ostler, so I checked you out. I don't think we've met, but now I know about and love your blog and think you are definitely safely out of the range of obnoxious blogs. Your blog is so fun, full of so much great information. I am very impressed and totally inspired. Thanks for all you've shared!

mada said...

Sweet Scarf :) Definitely making one (or two).

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

Love the fabric you used. Bookmarking this to make later!

Taylor
www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

Moogie said...

I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

Trista said...

I just found you at Tea Rose Home, and OMG, I love that scarf and have a perfect pea coat it will go with!

I am now following you, thanks for the tutorial!

P.S. Where at in MT are you from, I live in Lewistown, MT!

Amy said...

Trista - I am from Billings and lived there for 20 years! You are in a beautiful part of the country (minus the damage done by wildfires!) but a cold part of the country, as well! This scarf will do you good! Thanks for checking out my blog and I always love new followers - especially Montana followers!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

LOVE the plaid! Thanks for linking up (and linking back!) to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

{maggie} said...

amazing!!! i've been trying to find a tutorial for this. love your choice of fabric!

Hanna said...

Hi there! I'm your newest follower. I found you on the Friday link up. Lovely blog:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com


WOW, the scarf is gorgeous

Sachiko said...

Hi! I love your scarf and I am glad you came to visit my link party. Thank you for sharing!

Julia said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

~Julia

406 Olivia said...

What a great scarf. I found you via Tea Rose Home and I'm so glad I did.
I'm also from Billings and the grunge era (Skyview '95). How about you? What a crazy, small blogging world, eh?

Following!

xoxo,
~Olivia

Amy said...

406 Olivia,
First off - I love the 406 in your name! I am very much aware of it's meaning! Indeed it is a small world! I went to Skyview and graduated in 94! I'm sure you are freinds with a lot of the same people I am! How I love little coincidences like this! Thanks for checking out the blog!
-Amy

kris said...

I've been on the lookout to make an infinity scarf since last winter- I love yours. And I have to say, I absolutely love the wreath on the wall in your picture- do tell where you go it/how you made it.

Theresa said...

I love plaid, I love scarves... I really need to try this, your tutorial is wonderful! Thanks, Theresa xoxo

Erin said...

I have never worn an infinity scarf but I love how yours looks. I think I will have to give it a try! btw, that belt is freaking awesome!

In a nut shell... said...

This is so cute. I've never sewed anything in my life but I think I could handle this one. I'm thinking Christmas gifts!

Bridget said...

wow, nicely done!

Target-Addict said...

Simply gorgeous! Burberry has nothing on you ;-)

Sally said...

Lovely instruction except I get lost on the part about turning the scarf right sides out again. Any chance on a little direction? I am using other tutorials to demonstrate how easy it is to create with guidance from others on the internet if you can not get to book stores or artistic meetups.

Sally said...

It does not appear that after the fabric is turned right sides in that it gets turned back out. What is the 4" opening supposed to be for? Thanks, and please speak as if I am in kindergarten.

Amy said...

Sally, I could not access an email address for you to answer your questions. I am a little unclear as to what you are asking, however so I hope this little bit of info helps! You sew the scarf inside out and then use the 4" opening to turn it right side in since it will all be sewn together like a tube. Hope this helps and best of luck! I would love to see pics of your finished product!

Kara P. said...

I made a couple of scarves using your tutorial. I blogged about them here: Unusual Form and linked back to you.

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

Found you through a link on Simply Step Back and I love this scarf and the tutorial. Yes, its simple but honestly I've never seen one done like this, lol! Thanks for a great post, I think I'll have to make this TODAY! ~Lori

Sarah said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this scarf today!

http://simplystepback.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweet-links-saturday-favorite-scarf.html

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

Amy, I found your tutorial on Simply Step Back and I had to make this scarf! I highlighted your blog and this post today on mine (www.kitchenfunk.blogspot.com). Thanks for a fun project! ~Lori

Karen of Little Red House Designs said...

Such a great project. I highlighted you on my blog today when I made another one of these!

annie said...

This is so cute...I love plaid, hailing from Colorado...that may explain it...like Montana. It goes well with Frye boots...loved the jacket, the whole look is fabulous!! What is that wreath made of above? It's so interesting!

southernscraps said...

Great scarf! I'm also wondering where that great belt came from?!

chickadee22 said...

I love this! I hope all the ladies in my family do to 'cause thats what they are getting for Christmas :)
I was wondering if you could give me a recommendation for a child's size version I am new at sewing!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorial and especially for ansewring my email with question I had. I have been making these great scarfs ever since. I will try to post a photo, if I figure out how!!! Thanks Again.

Haus and Home said...

I love that fabric. I went to the fabric store today and they didn't have anything close to this. Any great recommendations for fabric stores?

ITMom said...

This is by far, one of the best tutorials I've seen to date. Your descriptive steps and pictures are very helpful. I can't wait to make this!

Susie said...

I go to the thrift stores and buy skirts to use for fabric. I love lightweight wools.

ceser john said...

Beautiful scarf - I love the fabric you chose!I love i for your beautiful scarves.
sciarpe in seta

Carmen Pastor said...

Fantastic!
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Meg said...

Hi Amy! This is awesome and I love that fabric. Any suggestions on where to purchase this fabric? Thank so much!

Allison said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks a ton. I love this. :)

http://aredesignedlove.blogspot.com

Naresh Singh said...

Very lovely tutorial and easy to understand. I like scarf. thanks..

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