I’m starting a new series of projects that have been on my Pinterest boards for far too long. I’m going to actually start creating the things I pin, and posting them on here. I know, it’s crazy. Without further ado, I give you the quilted infinity scarf tutorial!
Infinity scarves seem to be all the rage these days. I didn’t have an infinity scarf, so I thought I’d try making one. I like to wear scarves because, as a teacher, I have to be pretty modest. A scarf is a great way to cover up when a shirt is just a little bit too low-cut.
This is a great project, because all you need is two fat quarters, some leftover batting, and some embroidery floss. I’ve seen some tutorials around the web – here’s my take on it. It took me about an hour to complete, so it’s pretty simple!
Start with two fat quarters, cut them into 6 inch strips. Mine ended up being about 6 x 21 inches.
I used two fabrics from Joel Dewberry’s Birch Farm line – “Barn Owl” and “Horse Blanket.” I bought my fabric at Piece by Piece, but if you don’t live locally, I think you can get it at Southernfabric. I wanted mostly neutrals, and the pop of light blue is perfect for my capsule wardrobe.
Sew the short ends of each fabric together to create two long, skinny strips.
Cut your batting to be 5 inches wide by the length of your strips. I made mine a little longer than the strips, just to make sure I had enough. Mine was 5 x 63 inches. Now you have three long strips to work with.
Put the batting on the wrong side of one of your strips, as sew together using a basting stitch (which you will later remove, it will just hold everything in place until you quilt it).
Put the other piece of fabric so the two fabrics are facing, and the batting is on top.
Sew along the long edges, leaving about 9 inches open on one side. Leave the ends open, but trim them so all three layers are the same length, and line up. Turn right side out.
This is where I got stuck. This next step totally baffled me. What you need to do is stick one end through the tube of fabric and pop it out the other end. I’ll try to explain this so it makes sense. Reach in the opening on the side and grab one of the open ends. Pull it through to the other end, and pull it all the way through so both ends are lined up. I hope the next three photos help make this more clear.
The last photo above shows one of the ends inside the other. Go ahead and sew this closed.
When you turn it back right side out, you’ll have a full circle – infinity!
To close up the hole, you can either just hand stitch it closed, or edge stitch the entire scarf. I like the look of edge stitching, so I did that with white thread.
To quilt the infinity scarf, you have more options! You can machine quilt it, or hand quilt. I’ve been liking quilts with big stitches, so I went that route. I just took some embroidery floss and quilted an easy line right down the middle. I used all 6 strands of the floss because I wanted it to look thick. I didn’t pay much attention to keeping my stitches even, but I did try to keep it in a straight line.
There you have it! A quilted infinity scarf! Let me know if you make one – I would love to see photos! I think I’ll be raiding my fabric stash to make more of these!
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