Infinity Scarves

Scarves

Now that the weather is turning cooler here in Chicago, I have been motivated to make a few new things to keep me warm. Last year, Anna Maria Horner posted a tutorial for a Figure 8 scarf. I decided to go ahead and buy one of her kits and make one for myself. The reason I bought the kit was that you need 18″ x 72″ of two types of fabric. So, unless you want to make 2 of the same scarf (which isn’t a bad idea for gift giving), you will have left over fabric if you don’t buy a kit.

Figure 8 Scarf

I had never sewn with velveteen before – it’s quite beautiful and I think it would make a fabulous winter skirt. Because I was sewing voile to the velveteen, I took Jeni’s advice and used lots of pins and my walking foot. This worked perfectly and I didn’t have any shifting or stretching as I worked.

Figure 8 Scarf

So, after I finished and tried it on I decided I probably would prefer this scarf to be a bit less bulky for my body frame. (Although I haven’t altered it yet and I am still wearing it). I think if I had it to do again, I might try 13″ x 72″ for each side.

Infinity Scarf

I wanted to make another scarf with some Nani Iro double gauze as well. But that fabric is kind of pricey and I didn’t want to buy a lot of extra to get the 18″ x 72″ for each side, so I followed Jeni’s alterations to make a thinner, longer scarf, that would be wrapped 3 times around my next. Her method only uses 2 half yards of fabric so is a bit more affordable if you don’t have a kit to buy.

Scarf Comparison

Here is a side by side comparison of the finished scarves. You can see the first one I made is much wider, a bit shorter. The longer one is thinner and also more lightweight due to using double gauze fabric on both sides. I will say that I do feel a bit like I’m going to accidentally strangle myself when I’m wrapping that one three times around my neck. But as you can see, it is just as full as the following the original pattern.

Both of these scarves cost about $25 to make and I think something handmade like this would make great Christmas gifts. My favorite fabrics overall were voile and double gauze. I may now make some lightweight scarves like I found on Flickr here, here and here.

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12 Comments

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    Caitlin

    November 7, 2011

    I just made a skinnier one out of some aqua and black flannel shirting, and it is super soft and warm 🙂 I love these scarves!

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    nicke

    November 7, 2011

    they are both so pretty faith. i should make some for christmas gifts also!

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    Kelly B.

    November 7, 2011

    These look great! When I did this I only made it 13.5″ wide (and I sewed two 36″ pieces together for the length). I was really happy with how they turned out.

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      Faith

      November 7, 2011

      Oh nice! I will probably try that out.

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    two.hippos

    November 7, 2011

    I’ve now made a bunch of infinity scarves and make them 9″ wide. I find that 9″ is sufficiently big and economical (half-yard cuts work well), and I do love a good voile scarf!

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    anna

    November 7, 2011

    so pretty! great fabric choices. I’ve got to bust mine out that I made last year. 🙂

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    Jeni

    November 7, 2011

    Haha, please don’t strangle yourself!!

    They’re both super cute! I’m tempted to make a giant one with her measurements now. But out of cheaper fabric than nani iro 😉

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    machen und tun

    November 7, 2011

    they look lovely, Faith! Great idea for gifts..
    Claudia

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    Jessica Pierre'auguste

    November 7, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this! Just last Thursday my friend said that she needs a scarf, and I thought I would make one for her but had no plan yet of how to do that. This one looks beautiful; I think I will try the longer, thinner version and also try to find some half yards from my fabric stash!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    November 7, 2011

    Those are really pretty Faith and I really enjoyed your review and tips. Good to keep in mind if I make one. I do love a scarf!

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    Sheila

    November 28, 2015

    Hi Faith,

    I just found your blog and your tutorials are amazing! I have a question. I had found this post on another blog: http://www.flamingotoes.com/2013/09/30-fabulous-diy-scarf-tutorials/ and the button cowl scarf looks like a perfect Christmas gift for my SIL, but when you go to that website there are no directions (it’s a broken link). I posted a comment and it was either deleted or not posted. Do you have any suggestion on how I could go about re-creating that one? I just thought since your tutorials are so great it was worth asking 🙂 Thank you!

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      Faith

      November 30, 2015

      Hi Sheila – sorry, I don’t, but I bet if you try Googling some keywords as to what you are looking for, something might come up. Good luck!

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