This weekend I am traveling somewhere cold, so I’ve been taking stock of my warm clothes and figuring out what I’m going to bring. I realized I’m low on scarves, which are somewhat essential when the weather hovers near freezing. My absolute favorite scarf is the sheer infinity scarf from American Apparel. It’s really versatile and even though it’s sheer, it’s surprisingly warm. I knew it would be easy to make something similar (for waaaay cheaper), so I started playing around on my sewing machine with some different knit fabrics. While I was making myself a large infinity scarf, Annabel asked me if I’d make her a scarf, too. In all, I made three different kinds of scarves and I figured out the best dimensions for adults and kids.
~Knit fabric of your choice
~Fabric measuring tape
~Matching thread, needle, pins
There are three different kinds of infinity scarves you can make. One looks like a tube, one is a skinny, flat circle, and one is a very wide, flat circle. I’ll show all of them below, but here is your cutting chart:
First I’ll show how to make the flat, skinny infinity scarf. This is great for kids because there isn’t a lot of fabric involved (but it works well for adults, too). Start by cutting your fabric into the measurements listed on the chart above.
Fold the scarf in half, lining up the edges. Pin them in place.
Sew the edges together, trying to stay as close to the edge as possible. Knit is hard to sew, so don’t pull the material or thread tight and be patient as you sew. That’s it! Easy.
Next up, the wide flat infinity scarf.
You’re actually going to do the exact same thing on the wide flat scarf as you did on the skinny flat scarf. Fold the material in half, line up the edges, pin them, then sew the edges together. Note: this isn’t a great scarf for little kids – there’s a lot of fabric and it can overwhelm them.
Last, the tube infinity scarf. This one has a few more steps.
Cut your fabric, then fold it in half (pattern side-in) so the two long edges meet. Pin them, then sew just the length, creating a tube.
Turn the tube so the fabric is now right-side out.
Fold your tube in half, then line up the edges and seams. Pin the edges together, moving around the tube’s edges as you go. You won’t be able to pin the whole thing, but that’s okay.
Sew the edges together until the infinity scarf is closed. You’re done!
As you can see, the wide flat scarf is really big:
But with a lightweight knit, it wears well:
…looped around once…
…and looped around twice! It’s not bulky at all.
This is the skinny flat scarf. Knit fabrics are great because they don’t unravel. This particular fabric was perfect because it was double-sided.
The tube scarf is great for softer fabrics that could possibly unravel, since all of the edges are sewn closed.
I’ll definitely be bringing my scarf with me on the plane this weekend!
Any questions, let me know. Enjoy!