I have decided that making one’s own silk scarf is the biggest bargain in sewing. At Nordstrom, a large-sized silk designer scarf goes for between $250.00 and $350.00. No kidding! I paid $18.00 for 1 1/2 yards of silk at a local fabric store, and it took me about a half hour to make each of my infinity scarves. As they say, it’s a no-brainer!
Here are pictures of my two infinity scarves with the TSW cardigan I just completed:
The first scarf is a brown/seafoam green crinkle silk sheer, and the second is a black and cream polka-dot silk sheer. I used the instructions from the current issue of Vogue Magazine to make the infinity scarf. In case you are wondering what an infinity scarf is, it’s a scarf in a continuous circle (redundant?) that can be wrapped around your head a few times to give that current chunky, turtle-neck look.
You will need about 1 1/2 yards of 60 inch silk. When you get your silk home, even out the ends of the fabric as much as possible. Also, make sure you know how to use the rolled hem feature of your serger by testing a small sample before you begin. Did I make a test hem? No. Do as I say, not as I do :).
The first thing you will do is fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin. Starting about 3 or 4 inches from the cut edge, serge until you get about 3 or 4 inches from the other cut edge (you’re stitching the selvages together):
The next part is a bit tricky. With right sides together, stitch the ends together from selvage to selvage. The scarf will be all bunched up at this point, but carry on.
There will be a hole in the middle of the scarf now. Turn the scarf inside-out, through the hole, so that the public side of the scarf is facing out:
Now hand stitch the rest of the selvage seam closed, and viola, you have an infinity scarf!