I use infinity scarves constantly in the Fall and Winter! I like them better than traditional scarves because I think they’re easier to wear, there’s no fancy tying involved and I never have a long tail accidentally working it’s way loose and getting dragged on the ground. Plus, a circle scarf can be pulled up over my head as a makeshift hood if I need it, to protect my ears from wind, etc ...
I have a few favorites, one light weight and one warmer, but when I saw this black and white double sided fabric at Hobby Lobby, I thought it would be fun to make an infinity scarf, in a medium weight that fits right in between my two others. The fabric is a cotton double gauze and it’s buffalo checks on one side and gingham on the other. I mean, it was speaking my language.
I have a simple how-to for you today. This is one of those things most people could figure out, of course, but it’s also nice to have someone just spell it out and save you some math and thinking, ha!
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How to make an easy DIY infinity scarf:
You’ll need two yards of fabric, give or take a few inches (it’s not rocket science). You want to choose fabric that is the same on both sides or has two fronts. Basically, two right sides, so it doesn’t matter which side is showing.
I’ve found when making a circle scarf, it’s hard to know what width you’ll want it until you’ve sewn it into a circle. This is because different fabrics are obviously bulkier, so the width of my lightest weight one is much greater than the width of my thick sweater knit one.
Therefore, I recommend sewing the ends together first, creating your circle. Straighten those edges and sew them together in a French seam — first sew the seam wrong sides together in a 1/4” seam. Trim to 1/8”, press to one side, then press the seam right sides together so that the seam is sandwiched. Then sew the seam again, right sides together in a 3/8” seam encasing the raw edge inside. You want this seam to sort of disappear, so after it’s sewn, I flat fell it, by pressing it to one side and top stitching it down near the flappy edge. See what I mean in the photo:
Now you’ll need to decide on the width, so try on the scarf and wrap it around twice as you would if you were wearing it. If it’s too bulky, try folding it inward to a certain width and try it on again. Play with it until you get it right. I hemmed mine to 29” wide this time. Trim off the excess and then simply hem the long edges with a narrow hem (turn under 1/4”, then again 3/8” and top stitch down near the folded edge).
You’re done! I hope this made the process easy for some of you! Circle scarves make great gifts, since it’s so easy to personalize. They’re also a fun thing to make with fabrics you love but aren’t really sure what to do with.