Spring is here and with it comes beautiful, bright warm-weather fashions. I’ve got to admit – I am in love with infinity scarves! They transform any outfit from boring to bold in an instant and they can be worn in multiple ways – long; short and doubled-up; knotted; and, in a pinch, can double as a shawl, for those unexpected chilly evenings. There are so many gorgeous scarves in stores now, and I would love to get a few to wear with my daily “uniform” – fitted tees and jeans. One thing I don’t love, however, is the $40+ price tag. It seems like a lot of money to pay for a relatively little piece of fabric.
So, being the frugal and crafty girl that I am, I decided to make some. And, if you can sew a hem and a seam, you can too! A sewing machine or serger works best, but hand stitching will work nicely if you don’t have one. And, if you’ve never sewn at all, never fear – I’ve provided instructions for a no-sew conventional scarf as well.
Start by choosing a fabric; lightweight washable fabrics work best, like faile or silky polyester. If you choose a heavier fabric like jersey, you may want to decrease the length of your scarf or it could be too bulky.
- 1 metre of material, 60” wide (or greater)
- sewing needle (if hand-stitching)
- sewing machine or serger (if machine-stitching)
Lay out fabric, right sides together, with selvage edges lined up. (A fabric’s selvage is the self-finished edge.) You’ll note in the picture below that the pattern shows on both sides of the fabric; this is ideal for an infinity scarf.
Stitch long / selvage edges together; this forms the “tube” of your scarf.
Above: selvage edges are stitched together (serging stitch shown)
Next, hem the ends of the “tube”, either with a conventional hem (fabric is narrowly folded over twice, then pressed with an iron and straight-stitched), rolled hem (by hand), or serge-stitched (either rolled or flat; shown below).
Above: hem both ends of the “tube” (serger stitch shown)
Here’s an idea of what it should look like…
Above: serge-stitched edges of scarf
You will end up with a tube of fabric that is approximately 30” / 75 cm wide and 38” / 95 cm long. Iron your new scarf, with seam flat and facing on the inside of your tube, and you’re done!
You can wear it in a variety of ways…
Below are two more examples of infinity scarves; one is very lightweight polyester silk (right) and the other is a heavier jersey (left). The picture below helps illustrate how differently the fabrics drape. Due to its fullness, I cut the jersey fabric 8” / 20 cm shorter; this decreases the bulk and improves the drape of the scarf.
If you don’t sew and want a quick, inexpensive wardrobe pick-me-up, simply go to your local fabric store and choose a jersey (knit) fabric that is at least 60” / 150cm wide. Purchase approximately 50 cm / 0.5 metre of fabric (less if you want it skinnier; more if you want it fuller) and wash the fabric when you get home. The edges will curl; jersey fabrics don’t fray so it’s ready to wear!
Check out this fun scarf I made out of ruffle jersey (I LOVE ruffles!)…
If you try out this project, let me know! I’d love to see your handiwork, so tweet me, post a pic on my Facebook wall orPin it (be sure to tag @Fab Frugal Mama!). As always, if you have any questions about this project, I’d be happy to help. J