Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Fabric Flannel Infinity Scarf Tutorial

I've been making a lot of infinity scarves lately.  I decided to document the making of one of my scarves so you can join me in the fun!  

Materials needed:  2 different flannel fabrics.  If the fabric is 45 inches wide you'll need 1 2/3 yards to get the length you need without a lot of seams.  If the fabric is 60 inches wide you'll only need 1/3 of a yard.  

Step 1: Wash and iron the fabric.  

If you're using the fabric that is 60 inches wide you can skip to Step 5.

Step 2:  Fold the fabric in half lining up the salvaged edge. This is only for fabric 45 inches wide.

Step 3: Trim off the salvaged edge.

Step 4: Measure and cut off 11 inches from both fabrics.  Make sure that you are cutting the correct direction so you get a piece that measures 11 X 60 in the end and not 11 X 45.  I used my quilting rotary cutter, but any scissors will do the same thing. 

Step 5: Make sure that your fabric is square at the ends.  I had to cut of a significant amount from the ends of each of my fabric pieces to get them to be square.

Step 6: Place the right sides of the fabric together and pin both of the long edges together.

Step 7: Sew the long edges together removing the pins as you go.  Stitch the entire length of one of the sides.  On the other edge though be sure to leave about 2 inches unstitched at the beginning and end of the edge.  You will need this opening in the next steps!  

Step 8: Turn the fabric inside out.  You now have a tube with open ends.

Step 10:  Pin the right sides of the open ends together and sew the edge.  Make sure that you are matching the fabrics.  You can keep the majority of the scarf out and pin the edge all around, but at this point I find it very helpful to tuck the scarf into itself so I have a flatter surface to work with.  It is really up to you and what you find easier.  This is the hardest step and you have to be really careful when sewing to only sew the edge and not get any of the rest of the scarf caught up under the stitching.  
If you have tucked the scarf into itself then at this point you need to pull the scarf back through the opening that is now on the side of the scarf.  You're almost done at this point!!!

Step 11:  Now you have a complete tube with one small opening on the side seam.  Iron the seam so that it is flat and looks like the rest of the side seam.  

Step 12:  Either use your sewing machine to topstitch just along the edge of the opening in the seam or get out thread and needle and stitch up the seam.  Hand stitching will create a neater overall look, but someone will have to be looking at you very closely to see a top stitch.  This is really up to you and your personal preference.  

Step 13: Wear your new scarf and enjoy all of the compliments you'll receive!

If making this doesn't sound like fun to you, check out my Etsy page by clicking here and you can just buy this one or one like it! :)  

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