Hi! I’m Sherri from Thread Riding Hood and I’m super excited to be guest posting for one of my favorite online fabric shops! When Karen asked me to guest post a tutorial using her Just for Fun knits I jumped on the chance. These knits are 100% certified organic cotton and are a dream to work with! The lovely Skinny Chevron that I received washed up perfectly without shrinking, and the interlocking knit is so easy to sew!
I thought I would share a simple tutorial for a child’s Infinity Scarf. This project requires sewing two seams and very little cutting or fabric – quick and easy and a really cute gift! Before we continue, please take care (as with all hand-sewn projects) and note that you must be careful placing a scarf around your child’s neck. Please ensure that an adult is watching them at all times when they are wearing it – just to be safe!
Now – on with the tutorial!
You will need:
- 12″ length of Just for Fun interlocking knit from Fabric Spot (44″ wide)
- Optional: 1/2″ wide x 44″ length of knit fabric cut in the direction of least stretch
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle, removable fabric marker
Here we go:
Step 1: Cutting Your fabric – (a) Cut your fabric to 12″ wide and decide on the final length for the scarf by draping it around your child. I used a 40″ length for my 3 year old daughter. (b) Add 1″ to this length to account for the seam allowance. Cut your length. If you decide to use the full 44″ width of the fabric your scarf will be approximately 43″ long when finished. (c) Fold the scarf lengthwise, right sides together matching up the long edges. (d) Pin the edges. Make sure to match any patterns if necessary.
Step 2: Sewing the Scarf – (a) Gather your optional 1/2″ wide strip of fabric if you are choosing to use it. I find it helps the knit sew up straighter, without as much puckering from the stretch. (b) Stitch the long pinned seam with a 1/2″ seam. If you are using the 1/2″ optional knit line it up under your presser foot and sew over it as you go. (New to knits? Make sure you use a ballpoint needle, a regular needle can cut your fabric and leave tiny holes. Stitch with a stretch stitch or a long, narrow zig-zag stitch so the fabric still has stretch once it is sewn.) (c) Turn the scarf right side out. (d) Press the seam.
Step 3: Closing the End of the Scarf – (a) Match the ends of the scarf, right sides together at the seam. Pin once at the seam allowance. (b) Mark a spot 3″ to the left of the seam allowance with a removable fabric marker. (c) Begin pinning on the right of your seam allowance. Match up the edges and any prints if you need to. (d) Continue pinning the fabric right sides together until you reach your mark. (e) Stitch along your pinned edge with a 1/2″ seam being careful not to stretch your fabric as you sew.
Step 4: Finishing Up! – (a) Push the seam into the scarf through the opening. (b) Fold the open edges inside the scarf and press. (c) Hand-stitch the opening closed.
Congratulations, you are done! Here’s how to wear the scarf. My daughter loves hers and is so proud that she can put it on by herself!
Thanks for following along! And thanks again to Karen for letting me try out her amazing knits.