Thursday, March 29, 2012

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Having recently made several Infinity Scarves for my daughter to donate in an effort to raise money for their class Senior Show (she graduates from University of Cincinnati in June with a degree in Industrial Design) and having made mistakes following a few confusing tutorials, I thought I'd share what worked well for me.

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This tutorial is a collaboration with Connecting Threads.
Please note this scarf is not my invention.
Please do not reproduce this tutorial with the intent to profit.
Please enjoy it, use it and share it with others kindly linking to this blog post.
Please do not copy photos or instructions for any reason.

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Materials needed:

You can vary the width and length to whatever tickles your fancy.  This scarf will drape around your neck once and is perfect for Spring and Summer.

Sharp pins -- I like these glass head pins as well as the thin shaft flower heads

1.  Using a 1/2" seam allowance sew coordinating prints right sides together (RST) along short edge.  Press seam open.

2.   Fold in half RST with long edges matching.  Match at center seams.  

3.  Measure 2 1/2" to 3" in  from each edge and mark with a pin, also pinning between those pins to prevent shifting. 

4.  You will sew from pin to pin, back stitching at beginning and end.  You will have a "slit" at each end.

5.  Center seam in the middle before pressing.  Do no press edges.

6.  Press seam open from end to end.

7.  Turn right side out.

8.  Fold in half with ends meeting.  This is where you join the scarf to make it a circle.

9.  This is where it can get tricky.  Match fabric at opposite ends with right sides together.  You are unfolding where you just pressed the seam.

10.  Here is a different view.  Place a few pins to prevent shifting.  You will not be able to pin all the way around the scarf edge.  Trust me on this.  

11.  Begin sewing, back stitching.  This is where you need to be careful you don't get your scarf caught under the presser foot.

12.  Sew from end to end, slowly and checking to make sure your scarf isn't wadded underneath.  It may seem a bit bulky at first but you'll get the hang of it.  Having your needle in the needle down position is very helpful.  Back stitch at end.

13.  Now your seams are inside of your scarf.  Being careful not to burn yourself press open the seam you just sewed.

14.  This is where you press your long scarf edges nice and crisp, centering the long seam down the middle.  Slipping it over the end of your ironing board is very helpful.

15.  See how neat your seams are and they lay flat.  Slip stitch the opening closed.  This is the under side of your scarf.

Once you get the hang of it this scarf sews up in no time.

A lovely handmade gift and just think of the pretty ways you could "wrap" it for special delivery.  I got a bit carried away.  Well the fabric is so pretty and I love my white china.

Are you thinking -- who cares about this tutorial I just want to know what that gorgeous fabric is?  It's called Matsuri  and Connecting Threads generously sent me a stack to play with.  Abby was a temperamental model so I had to nix her photo shoot.
~Piecefully, Stephanie


Barbara said...

You are your wonderful self in sharing your experiences with us, the Loft Followers. The other scarves that I have seen would absolutely swaddle me in all their yardage so when I read your original thread - well, I had my fingers crossed !

and once again, your photos are just beautiful - ~Thank you~ for the tut, Stephanie.

LOL at miss Abby - she wants to be alone today ;-)

Solstitches said...

LOL at Abby balking at being swathed in flowered fabric :)
Thanks for a great tutorial. Those lovely fabrics are mouthwatering.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Stephanie, you did a great job with the tutorial. I need pictures to understand!
I will have to actually make one, to understand the steps, but it does look like I could do this.
Thank you for sharing!

Ulla said...

Thank you for the tutorial - the pictures tell more than the words. Those fabrics are lovely!

Kathryn said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the intro to Connecting Threads new lawn fabric. This line is very appealing. Kathie L in Allentown

Candace said...

Wow - at first I thought you were using some gorgeous, vintage fabric - but it's new! Great tutorial - I'll jump right over to Connecting Threads and see you over there!

Carrie P. said...

the fabric really is very pretty. Love the different color ways.
Great tutorial!

Maja said...

Fine fabric and a great tutorial!

VeeV said...

well...... i think it's very wrong of you to flaunt that lovely wooden awl......

Nifty Quilts said...

Thanks for the great tute! Your scarves are gorgeous in this fabric.

Jamie Lee said...

Great tutorial! On my to do list for sure!

AnnieO said...

Beautiful! I love scarves and wear them all the time. Nice job on your tutorial :) Is this fabric line regular weight or voile?

Cille said...

Thank you for annoter grelt tutorial Stephanie. It's a great idea for gifts as well. Looks forward to dive into this soon :)