Thank you to Becky M., who made this awesome tutorial for us. She notes that infinity scarves are quick and easy to make.
Step 1: Choose your fabric. Any kind of fabric that has a nice “hand” and drape to it will work: sheer polyester, silk, fleece, velour, challis, cotton or synthetic knit — anything you’d like draped around your neck.
Start with fabric that is about 56-60 inches wide. You will need ⅔ of a yard (or 2 feet) of it so the rectangle you are starting with is 24 inches by 60 inches. If your fabric isn’t quite straight along the cut edges, you can neaten it up a bit at this point. Using a self-healing mat, rotary cutter and acrylic ruler will make it easy to get the edges fairly straight.
Step 2: Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. It is now 60 inches long and 12 inches wide.
If your fabric is slippery, you might need to stick a few pins in to hold the edges together along the long open side.
Step 3: Head on over to the sewing machine (or serger) and sew the long open side closed. Make sure you have the fabric right sides together (“RST” in sewing lingo) before you start; the pretty sides are on in the inside. You will end up with a looooooong tube that is open at both ends.
If you don’t have a serger, sew the edge with a straight stitch and then go over the seam with a zigzag stitch to reinforce the edge. Works just the same.
Step 4: Turn your tube right-side out!
Starting to turn it here…
Here the tube is right side out.
Step 5: This is where the magic starts – make a cuff at the bottom by turning the open edge up. This “cuff” will have the wrong side of the fabric showing. That’s hard to see in this picture but believe me about this.
Now keep making this cuff bigger and bigger until the edge you are holding comes aaaalllll the way up to the open edge at the top.
Pulling the cuff up higher.
You should have both open edges together at the top now. Like this. It’s still a tube but now it’s two layers thick.
Step 6: Look for the seam on both layers of the tube. Line them up so they are more or less together. Now pin the edges of the two layers together every so often around the circle.
Step 7: You are now going to sew the layers together all the way around the circle EXCEPT for about 3-4 inches WHICH YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE OPEN so you can turn the scarf right side out again. You will be sewing through two layers and sewing around the circumference of the circular tube. If you are using thicker fabric you will want to leave a generous opening so it isn’t too difficult to turn at the end.
Here you can see that I’ve sewn most of the way around the tube and am leaving a few inches open. I prefer to start sewing just a little behind the place where the seams come together so that the seam joint is NOT in the opening I leave for turning. I am going to sew that opening closed by hand at the very end and I find the hand sewing is easier if I don’t have to sew over those thick seams.
Step 8: You are almost DONE! Now reach inside that tiny little opening you left and start pulling the fabric out.
Keep pulling the innards out until the right side is all out again.
Voila. Amazing, huh?
Step 9: Hand sew the opening on the center seam closed. You are now finished. Wasn’t that easy? Make a few more to keep your neck warm!
You can see that starting with 58 inch wide fabric gives you a nice big circle.
Or wrap it around twice to keep your neck toasty warm.
Here’s a little “twist” if you want to make your scarf extra twisty. Go back and look at step 6, right? Where you put the seams of the two layers together? Before you pin the layers together spin the outside layer of the tube around two or three times before you line those seams up. That will put built-in twists into the scarf. If you don’t get it, don’t worry about it. It’s super easy to do and hard to explain. After you’ve made one or two, I bet you will figure it out!