How to make an infinity scarf the lazy way | How About Orange

October 12, 2012

How to make an infinity scarf the lazy way

Scarves are everywhere, which makes me want to resist them since everyone is doing it. But they're so comfy and nice and make you feel like you're wearing a cozy blanket. If you close your eyes, you can pretend you're still in your bed. Plus you can wear old jeans and a worn out t-shirt, and as soon as you add a scarf, your surprised friends will tell you how nice you look. At least that's what happens to me.

So I went to buy couple more at the mall, but was not impressed with $20+ price tags. Instead I found seller FABULACE on Etsy and bought a couple pieces of knit jersey for about $3 a yard. The piece I cut up for this scarf was 1 1/2 yards long by 60" wide, so that's enough to make two scarves!

There are a million infinity scarf tutorials on the internet, but the ones I saw all involve hand sewing where the loop joins together. That's for lovely people who are patient and care about doing a really nice job. This thing will get all wadded up around my neck, so I'm thinking no one will see that I sort of cheated and did not care about doing a really nice job.

I cut a rectangle of fabric 22" wide by 1 1/2 yards long.

I folded it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. I sewed along the open edge to create a long tube.

Then I turned the tube right side out.

To join the open ends together to form a continuous loop, on one end I turned the raw edges to the inside about 1/2". I stuffed the other end of the scarf inside the opening and pinned them together, then sewed along the pinned edge.

Keep the seam behind your neck or hidden under a loop of fabric, and nobody will be the wiser.

22 comments:

Grandma G said...

You make me laugh. But it turned out very lovely!

Mum

roadsidewonders said...

This is GENIOUS! I have bookmarked about a dozen tutorials for infinity scarves in the last few years; but I think I was dreading the handsewn part too :)

Thanks!

Naturally Carol said...

Brilliant! Definitely one for next winter here.

Suzanne said...

I like the idea and the color choice.

lp said...

Nice! And...what a great etsy shop! I can actually afford it, and it has many kinds of knit to try. Thanks for the tipoff!

Lindsey said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. :) I have some jersey knit I was planning to use for scarves a long time ago but I wasn't exactly sure how to do it. Now I can get to it!

kassandra said...

i wore scarves while the urban hipsters were still listening to in sync.
it makes me inwardly growl to know that people thing i'm following a trend.
i understand your sentiment.

good 'how to' by the way

goudenregen said...

Love your scarf, I think your method is really briljant.

able mabel said...

It looks super comfy! Great job!

kamielandodille@hotmail.com said...

I made one like that: http://kamielandodille.blogspot.be/2012/09/de-rolsjaal.html

Anonymous said...

Take the arms of a sweater and sew the armholes together to make a tube scarf. You need one that has big sleeves and no cuffs. Found mine at a thrift. Cut the armholes in a straight across line before joining. Some pj legs will work too. Just hem the top and bottom or cut fringe on either end. :)

EuroAmerican Home said...

You make it look ridiculously easy. I bet I'll sew my fingers in when I try.

kate said...

Jess-1 Handsewing-0
Thank you so much! The timing is perfect. I'm off to the Seoul crafts/sewing market that literally takes half a day to walk through

Christie O. {Mountainside Bride} said...

You are my kind of girl. I have been eyeballing the vintage singer I inherited from Hubs side of the family. He sewed our wedding bunting on the thing and I've been wanting to learn how to sew ever since. This may be just the project to start with! Thansk

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

That's awesome! Super cute and so clever!

jennie said...

If you find really thick jersey, you can be even lazier and just sew the loop together - the sides won't unravel, so if you cut it fairly neatly it will look "raw" but not in a bad way.

Rachel said...

Oh what a beautiful and cozy infinity scarf you've created! I love your colour palette. I'm going to rummage through my loose fabric when I get home.

Still...I do wonder...are non-infinity scarves out?

Guess my real question is...do I need to go sew the ends of all my scarves together?

Jessica Jones said...

Ha! I like regular scarves, too. It's just that this fabric was too short to look good with dangling ends, so I sewed them together. My very favorite jersey scarf is from Target and is "regular." The edges are serged, but you could leave them unfinished since jersey doesn't ravel. But you need at least a 2-yard length of fabric, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Another great easy scarf that is going into my pins. {Thank You} You made this seem so easy. Although I have a sewing machine, I try not to use it if I don't have to. {Sorry Mom} I use the fusible tape for simple "edges" and it works wonders! I also love the idea's I have seen about using the bottom of an old sweater (thick so it won't unravel}.

Whosies said...

Your scarf was just featured this on my blog-- with other wonderful scarf tutorials! thanks for sharing it. http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2012/12/scarf-tutorial/

Karen said...

I know this is an old post but I'm so loving this! Gonna try this out over the weekend :)

Jessica Jones said...

Have fun!

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