WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GREAT SCARF?
I mean, they flatter everyone, add a little something-something to even the most basic outfit, and you can find (or make!) them in the most gorgeous array of colors and fabrics!
Scarves are one of my favorite go-to accessories, and the answer to most of my outfit problems.
Quickly dress up jeans and a tee? Scarf.
Outfit needing a little color? Scarf.
Didn't notice Missy wiped Weetbix on my top until we're half way down the street? Scarf.
So the other day I was hunting through my fabric stash and found three lengths of lovely silky chiffon - each of them printed with birds!
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Obviously I do too much shopping and not enough remembering what I bought last time lol!
Anyway, the fabric was perfect for some Spring Infinity Scarves, so today I'm going to show you how ridiculously easy they are to make - honestly, it's straight line sewing at it's finest :)
Chiffon is great for warmer weather as it's so light, and I made my scarves long and floaty so they're even cooler to wear. You could also use silk, voile or very thin cotton.
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, knit fabrics, wool and fine linen will be beautifully warm for your Autumn weather, and you can wrap your scarf around a few more times to make it nice and cosy.
Ok, on to the tutorial!
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SPRING INFINITY SCARF:
STEP ONE: For this project you'll need to buy half a meter of your chosen fabric. You'll also need a sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins, a needle and an iron.
The first thing to do is trim off the selvage edges and cut your fabric in half lengthways, so you have two 25cm strips. Don't stress about how neat the long edges are yet, we'll trim them up later.
STEP TWO: Lay the short ends of the two strips together, right sides facing. Fold the fabric edges over twice, pressing and pinning as you go. This will create a nice neat seam, and any raw edges are hidden.
STEP THREE: Straight stitch along the seam, but don't back sew at each end. Lightweight fabrics like chiffon tend to bunch and gather when sewn, and I found using a longer stitch length prevented this - I had mine set to 4.5mm.
I also found that by not back sewing at each end, I was able to run my hands down the finished seam and smooth out any gathers that had formed.
STEP FOUR: Loosely pin together the other short ends, and try your scarf on to check the length. If it's too long for you, give it a trim. Repeat steps two and three above, and you'll end up with a long loop of fabric.
STEP FIVE: Lay your scarf down flat, with the seams you just sewed at each end, and trim both long ends so your scarf is straight and square. I found sitting a magazine on top of the fabric prevented it from slipping as I cut.
STEP SIX: Fold one long edge over twice to hem, pressing and pinning as you go. Sew as before, and smooth out any wrinkles or gathers when you've finished.
The photo above is a little confusing (sorry!), but that horizontal join is the short seam we did in step three, the vertical hem is the one we just sewed, and all that fabric on the left is the rest of the scarf - I sat it over itself to take this image.
STEP SEVEN: To tie up the end threads, use a normal sewing needle to take them through to the wrong side and tie them off.
I tied the first knot loosely (so the fabric can move a little) and the second knot tight to prevent it unraveling.
And there you go! A Simple Spring Infinity Scarf!
Once you've made one, you'll be knocking them up all the time - for yourself and as gifts (Christmas is coming ladies!).
I hope you loved this project as much as I did, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me below in the comments!
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All the best,