How to Make an Infinity Scarf

comments (20) February 22nd, 2013     

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For a quick-to-make project that is not only stylish but also protects you from the elements, look no further than this chic Mobius scarf. Whether you make your version from faux fur, a chunky sweater knit, or soft fleece, this accessory is so much fun to sew and wear that you'll want to make more than one for youself and your fashionable friends.


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Hand-sewing needle
Sweater-knit fabric, 2 yards
Sewing machine

1. Cut and sew the fabric. Cut a 72-inch-long by 21-inch-wide rectangle of fabric. With right sides together and long edges aligned, fold the scarf in half and machine-sew the long edge with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance.

2. Add a twist. Turn the scarf right side out. Twist one end of the scarf to add a kink in the design.


3. Join the short ends. Fold the scarf in half by pulling it over itself as shown with right sides together and the short raw edges aligned. It will look like a long tube with the fold at one end and the raw edges at the other. Machine-sew around the raw edges with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance, leaving a 4-inch-long opening.

4. Finish the scarf. Turn the scarf right side out through the opening. Hand-sew the opening shut.

Make your scarf as long or as short as you like. Wrap it a few times as shown, or wear it long and loosely draped.

excerpted from SewStylish Fall Fashion 2010, p. 92

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Comments (20)

ThereseDK writes: I used a fine cotton-silk print (soft and a little sheer) and made it wider and longer. It can go around 3 times easy and also 4 times it I want to keep my neck really warm. It will be my spring go-to scarf. Step 3 is basically bringing one open end of the long tube up/over to meet the other open end so the right sides are together. Keep the open end you are bringing over on the outside of the new tube you are creating.
Posted: 1:50 pm on March 11th
jpl96 writes: I just finished an infinity scarf using blizzard fleece from another project and just love it. Someone wanted to know about making it smaller and that is what I did by using a 60" length X 16" wide piece. It doubles nicely around my neck and is so warm. Thanks for the wonderful pictures as a friend was trying to tell me how to do it. Maybe it would help some who are having trouble to know that in step # 3 you are sewing a tube at that point not the just the ends together.
Posted: 2:05 pm on January 17th
jcorte writes: The instructions with illustrations are really helpful. I spent my Christmas vacation trying to knit a moebius scarf. THis infinity is much easier. I wondered about the 72 inches on a short person. All I could think of was Isadora Duncan getting her long neck scarf caught in the hubcap of her elegant sports car!
Posted: 7:05 pm on January 4th
Ribbqah08 writes: What a super idea - it is cold.... around the Great Lakes region - and inexpensive if old sweater arms are used.
Posted: 1:13 pm on December 31st
lifeabundant writes: Love this project! Brilliant idea! We have a few sweaters that have beautiful material that we no longer like due to the fit or style. The sleeves of those sweaters would be perfect for this! There are so many projects to recycle/reuse sweaters that call for the torso portion; but, not the sleeves.
Posted: 1:01 pm on December 31st
teresa5p writes: I just made four of these cute scarves very quickly. I made mine using really plush faux fur and they are adorable!! So quick and easy and much cheaper than buying them at the department store. :)
Posted: 4:26 pm on November 15th
vcalbur writes: This scarf is easy. I am now going to try it with some of my husbands retired sweaters and some other soft fabrics.I saw this on sewing with Nancy but her directions were so quick.Keep up with the scarf ideas.
Posted: 12:00 am on November 15th
ezfurs writes: nice Scarf
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Posted: 8:50 pm on November 7th
sbbushcat writes: I haven't made the scarf, but my suggestion would be to use quilting-sized straight pins with round head (easier to find in fabric with nap) and pin the twisted section in place prior to turning it wrong side out, to maintain the twist.
Posted: 11:53 am on October 21st
NancyWard writes: Hi!

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward
Posted: 9:47 am on October 8th
fashionista29 writes: I just made a couple of these from a super-stretchy sweater knit and they're not as bulky as the original. The knit was 54" wide and I cut the scarves 24" x 54". This was long enough to wrap twice around the neck and still be comfortable.

For those having trouble with step #3 simply pin the raw edges right sides together after the step 2 twist. You won't be able to complete the tube and you'll have to stuff the scarf inside. Be sure to leave an opening to turn it right side out again. A little slip stitching and you're done!
Posted: 7:00 pm on October 2nd
Cat1244 writes: Has anyone made this will smaller dimensions in the width? It is a LOT of fabric around your neck if you are a petite person. I am thinking about 7-8 inches finished.
Posted: 10:04 am on September 28th
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Posted: 9:36 am on September 28th
IggyJingles writes: Hey island girl - what about making one out of organza or chiffon as an evening scarf?
Posted: 5:35 pm on September 25th
KittyF writes: she turned one end inside out and slid it up over the twist so that she could stitch the ends to each other right side to right side and still maintain the twist.
Posted: 7:11 am on September 25th
granitatogo writes: This is great to have. I knew I was saving my husband's cast away sweaters fro something. Thank you!
Posted: 1:28 am on September 25th
sherryhogan writes: you make the twist slide one end over the other making sure you don't untwist it and you will now have right side together. I hope this helps
Posted: 6:39 pm on September 24th
lbuser writes: I am not getting step 3 either. It kind of looks like she is pushing it through itself to get it turned right side out but the sewing instructions are a bit confusing. I might try this with a piece of thin paper or a much smaller piece of scrap fabric to see if I can make it make sense. I tried surfing the net but cannot find any clearer directions. Hmmm.
Posted: 6:16 pm on September 24th
jonsen writes: I don't understand step 3. Anyone have clearer directions?
Posted: 6:00 pm on September 24th
island_girl writes: Your scarf looks really cozy, perfect for the upcoming cold weather. Living in the tropics it wouldn't be of much use here but I think I'll be making this one for my sister on the east coast. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 5:55 pm on September 15th
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