Infinity & Beyond Scarf Tutorial

Monday, October 18, 2010


i'm so excited to share this with all of you! this scarf has been on my mind for a long time now. i've sketched it a few times, daydreamed about it, dreamt about it at night and finally, finally found the time to make it happen (thanx jer). i've been drooling over the infinity scarves out there right now but just couldn't find one i loved enough to buy. i knew i wanted something warm, comfy and snuggly. i also knew i didn't want a knit one and that i wanted to be able to wear it a few ways.


i wear my pj's a lot when i'm at home, what can i say - i'm just a jammy girl. i figured what better material to use than a soft flannel that reminds me of a fave pair of jammies. how comfy would that be! i thought the flannel would still be soft enough to drape, but strong enough to hold the buttons and loops i wanted to use to be able to style this scarf the way i had imagined.


in total so far i have styled this scarf 13 different ways and show them all in this post, but i'm sure there are tons more. i repurposed an old elastic headband for the loops and some old buttons to add a sublte pop of color. this infinity scarf is designed to be worn a variety of different ways, use the loops and buttons and get creative! as moms we don't always have time to change our outfits during the day but we can have fun with our accessories and whip this scarf into a new style and instantly change our look. it will keep you warm, stylish and it's also fun to wear. i know if i spotted one of you lovely ladies in a grocery store line up with this on i would ask you where you got it.


there are a lot of possibilities for you to add your own personal touch to this scarf. applique, fabric choices, button picks, loop style and placement, heck if i had more time in my day a ruffled one would be gorgeous as well. i hope you all enjoy it and let's see if we can give cozy knits a run for her money this week and thanks to my gorgeous baby sister camille, for modelling for me even though she was sick with a cold - luv ya!


Infinity & Beyond Scarf Tutorial

Materials:
-Material for scarf. I used flannel. Make sure your fabric is pre-washed and shrunk before starting project, it sucks to have to do this, but it's very important.
-Elastic headband, or (3) hair ties or elastic/fabric/etc to be used as loops for buttons.
-3 buttons
-needle and thread
-scissors and pinking shears (optional)

*All seam allowances 1/4"

**Copyright 2010 www.luvinthemommyhood.com
All rights reserved. For personal use only. Please do not sell items made from this tutorial.


1. Lay your material out flat and cut the length you would like your scarf to be. I cut my scarf to be 10"w (when folded & cut like pic above - 20"w if layed out flat) x 64 1/2"l. To style the infinity scarf in the styles shown in this post I recommend using this length. I cut my fabric as shown incorporating the fold into the scarf so my lazy self didn't have to sew up 2 side seams. I also trimmed my short sides with my pinking shears to help prevent unravelling for us non-serger gals (more on that later).


2. Fold your material right sides facing each other (you will see your wrong sides). Pin along long edge. I like to pin as shown in the pic due to it being so easy to remove pins as you sew, but it's not the only way to pin.


3. 1) Grab your elastic headband & buttons. I wanted a simple, quick way to do the button loop & even though I love elastic headbands they look horrible on me and always slide off my head so I was happy to cut mine up!
2) Try a corner of your elastic headband around your button to determine the size you need to cut your loops. My loop was 1 1/2" long.
3) Hold onto where you made your loop test and cut along the base. Cut (2) more of lengths of elastic the same size. You will have (3) pieces of elastic now.
4) Next determine where to pin your elastic loop onto your scarf. I placed the button card near the end of my scarf & then simply placed the loop onto the scarf to see where I wanted it. I wanted a bit of stretch to the loop so I made my button loop a bit bigger than I normally would have. Pinch your fingers on the loop where you want to pin on the edge of scarf.

4. Now place (sandwich) the loop in between your two pieces of folded fabric like in the photo. When you sew your side seam this cute little loop will be hidden inside just waiting to pop out after and say hi! It feels weird to pin it this way but trust me, it will turn out ok.

5. Pin all loops onto your fabric as shown in the picture above. Make sure your pin goes through both sides of your fabric and also through both pieces of your loop. It's a bit tricky but I used a long pin and it worked out ok. I pinned the left and right loops 1 1/2" from each edge and the middle loop approx. 4.75" from long edge.

6. Bring scarf to machine and sew only this short side. It was a bit tricky to get the hair elastic under the needle but a gentle push of the fabric helped to give it that extra oomph to make it through. I backstitched over them a few times as well for extra strength.


7. Now sew the long side seam. Now if you aren't lucky enough to have a serger like me, when you are done sewing the seam simply trim along it with your pinking shears to help with unravelling. I know it's going to be inside the scarf, but I plan on washing mine and can't stand the idea of all these unravelling threads inside it. If you don't have pinking shears you could also zig zag stitch along this as well.

ok...we're almost there......

8. Before you sew up the final short edge, you are going to turn the scarf right side out and admire it, pet it if you like...maybe wrap it around you for a minute, ahhhh, so warm :) Ok, back to work. Now while wearing your soon to be new scarf, mark where you would like your buttons to go with a washable fabric pen/pencil. Sew your buttons onto only one side of the scarf making sure not to go through both pieces of material. *Remember to use a button that is raised so you can actually loop around it. Make sure to place the buttons far enough away from the edge that you have room to actually machine sew your seam closed.

9. Turn the scarf inside out again (right sides facing together) Pin your short seam closed. Sew this seam making sure to leave a 2" opening to pull your scarf through. Clip your corners so that you can have nice clean points for your scarf. Ok...pull that lovely scarf through, gentle now, we don't want to rip it. Get out whatever handy little notion you would like to use to push your corners out, even the end of a ball pin will do or the point of a knitting needle. Once right side out simply hand stitch your opening closed using an invisible stitch. If need be, gently iron the scarf and then...voila!!!! you are ready to go....TO INFINITY & BEYOND!!!!!


If anyone is interested in learning how to wrap all 13 styles shown in this post, let me know and i may just put together a pdf with instructions.

**Ok, ladies, a PDF has been requested, glad you all want to learn how to wear it! I've been busy working on it but it's taking a while to get it all put together. Bear with me and hopefully I'll have it ready in the next few weeks :)

*Terms of use: This tutorial is for personal use only. Please do not sell items made from this tutorial. Thank you.*

make sure to add pics of your projects inspired by the tutes below to our flickr group! i love seeing all of your creations!

so, what do you think? you like? are you gonna make one? what's your fave way to wear it? i heart the scoodie version. i can't wait to see yours! hope you all had a great, comfy, cozy weekend and stay tuned this week for more tutorials, giveaways and round 3 of our comfy sews VS cozy knits! fun!

**all images copyright luvinthemommyhood

60 comments:

  1. Love it!! Great fabric!! Very cute!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love the scarf! Would love to learn 13 ways to wrap the scarf..

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh Shannon!! I love this and have the perfect jersey fabric to make it with. Tonight's project! Thanks for the tute.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So cute! It gets so darn cold here in the winter that scarves are my favorite accessories. I'll definitely try this out sometime. Now I just need to figure out what fabric I want to use. Thanks for the genius idea!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ohmigoodness! I love this! I'm freezing today so definitely want to make it right now. Maybe when I go home for lunch... Thanks for sharing this!

    Gynnab

    ReplyDelete
  6. Forgot to add. A Tutorial on how to wear it would be perfect!

    Gynnab

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wonderful for these cooler mornings and evenings...love it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. You posted this tutorial at a PERFECT time! Just yesterday bought some yummy flannel that I did not know what to do with but had to have, white with pink roses, big pink roses. Now my new winter fashion will be, jammie pants with matching infinity scarf! *I'm a jammie girl too and being wrapped in flannel on a cold day is a dream! Thanks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is so great! I just bought a beautiful piece of fabric to make a scarf for my mom for christmas and this is the perfect pattern!

    So excited to make it! And I'd love if you posted a "How to Wear" post! I could tuck it into the present =)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful Shannon, totally beautiful. I love it! Great fabrics, great style, and great model!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks everyone!!! I'm so happy you all like it! I'm dying to see pics if you make one so please post to our flickr group!
    Also I will try to get some drawings done up on how to wrap it as soon as I can, this may be a week or so, but I will do my best for you ladies :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Shannon this is amazing!!!! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought of something like this - it's like 13 gifts in one. All I can say is WOW!!! Beautiful.

    Lindsay

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a great tutorial. I would love to see all the different ways of wearing it. A nicely written tutorial showing all the different ways would be awesome so that if made as a gift for someone that could be printed and given to them along with the scarf. This would be a great gift along with something like that. Thank you so much for asking and for the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hey Shannon, I've found that often shoes (especially kid shoes) come tied together with elastic like your ponytail elastics but is thinner so it works great for smaller buttons. I'm not a saver but it those elastic pieces are among the few things I do save.

    Great project, going on my to-make immediately list.

    Buffy

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks Shannon for the great idea. It's always so nice to come and visit your blog. The directions are perfect, in fact, so perfect that I whipped a scarf up during naptime this morning. (will have to post a pic for everyone to see!)
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I just "found" your blog, referred by Craft Gossip and what a FIND! I live in Utah, so this beautiful scarf is a wonderful idea. I am a quilter, so my fabric stash is huge.
    Thank you Shannon for providing us with such a great tutorial.
    Happy Halloween.
    Nettie
    nettiecrain@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Had so much fun making this!!! Love your idea of using flannel, it is super cozy. I actually had to cut the elastic loops a tad longer than what you had suggested but couldn't believe how easy this was. Thanks so much for all my new Christmas presents :)!

    ReplyDelete
  18. We wanna see pics! Leave a comment with a photo of you in your scarf or join our flickr group to show off how you'd wear it!

    so happpy you are all enjoying it!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Shannon
    I am so excited to make your scarf for my daughter. It is lovely. But, I have a question. Shouldn't the fabric be cut 20" wide rather than 10" I cut my fabric 10 wide and realized that has to be wrong. Can you tell me if 20 is correct?
    thanks,
    Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  20. @kathyhm Kathy - I adjusted the tute for you so that it would make a bit more sense. The 10" width is if you cut like shown in the picture with it folded in half. If you choose to cut the fabric flat out it would be 20" W. Hope that helps! make sure you come back and show us a pic when you are done :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. So here is my scarf. It's not letting me post a pic on here, but here is a link to my blog with a few pictures of it. Please ignore everything else in the pictures but the scarf! lol.
    Thanks again Shannon!

    http://oneloveonelifeonefamily.blogspot.com/2010/10/infinity-scarf.html

    ReplyDelete
  22. love this, so glad I came by from dana made it!

    ReplyDelete
  23. So Cute..i just want to appreciate...

    ReplyDelete
  24. Please, please, please do a pdf with the instructions for 13 ways to wear this awesome scarf!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Pat Sloan showed this to us - thanks!! I do want to try one - would say, it's about 1 3/4 yd? Is it made from flannel or a woven - I have some brushed cottons that may work. I know what you mean about those head bands - don't stay on me either, and I start looking like a first grader....lol. I'll definitely be back!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I came from Pat Sloan's website to see this--what a GREAT idea! And a perfect gift for someone! I'm definitely going to make some of these. I would LOVE to have a PDF of the 13 ways you styled it. Thanks so much for this tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I,too, came from Pat sloan's blog to this. Great idea using the elastic hair ties for the loops. I will definitely try one!

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is amazing - I too would love to know how to do the one around the head, I think it's brilliant. Thank you so much for this tute!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love it - I'm going to make this for Christmas gifts. I'd love to have the pdf of the 13 ways to wear it to give with the scarf.

    Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  30. Would love the '13 ways' PDF --- this is headed to my sister-in-law for Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Look at you! I can't believe how clever. How did you squeeze this in?!!? Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I am really impressed and I just love the way you can use it ! I think that I will add this scarf on my list to the next things to do ! Thanks for sharing, really !!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I am definitely toing to be making up a few of these for gifts (& will have to keep one for myself!). The PDF for how to wear it would be very helpful!!! Thank you for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Great Tute. Have been wanting to make a scarf and wow great timing. I tutorial would be great for the different ways to wear. Love your site. Donna Rae

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thanks everyone! So glad you are enjoying the scarf! A PDF download with how to wrap & wear the scarf is in the works. Bear with me and hopefully it will be ready in the next few weeks :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. where did you get your fabric? i love the print! i'm looking forward to making this and can't wait to see the pdf as well :) thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  37. @Megan - The fabric is from fabricland and is one of their collections. I can't remember the exact name though unfortunately.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love this! I have not heard about these scarfs before, and now I am hooked8). I set out to make it as soon as I could, but I discovered that here where I am from, flannel is either in one solid color, with a children design, or far too expensive. So I bought stipes in 3 colors and now I have a great patchwork scarf, which will be used a lot! Thanks for the idea!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I know how busy you are and am inspired by all that you get done in a day. I was wondering if you had managed to get that PDF finished at all?

    Congrats on the Serger, hope it turns out to be a gem in the rough!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi, I was wondering if the pdf showing the 13 ways to wear the scarf is up somewhere. I'd love to be able to print it out and send it along with the scarf as a Christmas gift. Thanks so much!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. @Jennn I've been working really hard on getting it done before xmas but I'm not sure it's gonna happen. I'm so sorry. Life with the kiddos has been super busy and I've got a full plate and I already don't sleep much. I'll be trying as hard as I can to get it all done for you guys but it may not be until after Christmas. So sorry :(

    ReplyDelete
  42. @luvinthemommyhood

    No problem -- I just wanted to make sure I hadn't missed it somewhere else on your website. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  43. @Jennn Thanks Jen, nope, you didn't miss it. It's in the works! I'm hand drawing some cute little models wearing all the styles so it's taking some love and a lot of time. I wanted it to be cute and a nice accent to the scarf.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I have been on the quest for the perfect infinity scarf tutorial, and this is so it! Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance!
    (I'm asking my mommie to sew it for me though, since I want it to be perfect and I don't have a sewing machine at the moment and just can't wait!)

    ReplyDelete
  45. @Melissa S-GI hope you enjoy it Melissa, it's fun and cozy to wear! Thanks for your kind words.

    ReplyDelete
  46. This is a great tutorial (so easy to follow) and a GREAT design! I made one last night and it was my first official sewing project after digging my sewing table out from under the insanity that has been the past month. I considered leaving off the buttons and making it a traditional infinity scarf but I'm SO glad I didn't...the buttons add a little pazazz to it that I love. I'll post a photo of it on the flickr group next! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  47. @LindyThanks so much Lindy! I'm glad you left the buttons on, I love buttons :) I look forward to seeing your pics on flickr group.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Thank you so much for this tute. I love my new scarf. I blogged about it and your blog at

    http://thatwasseweasy.blogspot.com/2011/01/infinity-scarf.html

    ReplyDelete
  49. I can't wait to try it on my sewing machine. But i can't wait for the 13 different ways PDF. Please, please upload it.

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love this scarf! I am not very good at sewing...and I mean I am terrible! This was simple and easy and I had wonderful results! This project definitely boosted my confidence!

    I blogged about this project here:

    http://theleedomgreennotebook.blogspot.com/2011/04/infinity-and-beyond-scarf.html

    Follow me! :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. This is so great!!! Just love it!

    ReplyDelete
  52. This is such a fun scarf. And a great way to use scrap fabric. I'm loving it.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I can't wait to start making these for Christmas gifts this year. Did you have any luck with the pdf? It would be awesome it include with the scarves!! Thanks again for doing such great tutorials!! xo

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi Shannon :) I finally got around to blogging about the scarf I made last winter, since it's out of the cupboard and around my neck again!

    http://wp.me/pUBAc-gK

    Thanks - I love my scarf so much :D

    ReplyDelete
  55. Hi. I just made this scarf and I cannot seem to find the PDf on ways to wear. Can you help?

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi there, sorry there is still no PDF on the ways to wear it at this time. If you have any questions about the cowl please don't hesitate to ask me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca

    ReplyDelete
  57. Great tutorial - thanks for this. It was so easy to do. The only thing I got wrong was I was working on it in a cafe, at a craft meet up, and was so busy getting to know everyone that I forgot to keep reading the next stage, and didn't sew the buttons on until I'd sewn it all up and closed the gap. Still managed it, just didn't make it easy for myself. I did it completely by hand, and I'd say it was about 4 hours work, whilst chatting and then, later, watching a dvd. This one's a gift, but I'll be making more of these for myself.

    ReplyDelete

Please leave a comment, I LOVE hearing from you!

Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground