Hello Tatertots and Jello readers! It’s me, Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair. Today I’m going to share with you a tutorial on how to make one of my “go-to” travel items, a snap-up infinity scarf.
I purchased a similar scarf at a very popular athletics store a few years ago and drug it around everywhere with me. When it was time for a new scarf I decided that instead of purchasing a new one, that I would just make one instead.
I love this infinity travel scarf because it is perfect for road trips and airplane rides. When snapped up the scarf just looks like a normal infinity scarf, but unsnap it and you have blanket for an airplane or a shawl for long car rides. Mine goes with me every time I travel. I especially love it when I’m traveling during the summer and it’s too warm to take a blanket or coat on an airplane. Those planes can get very cold! You can even adjust the snaps so that it doesn’t fall off of you when you move around on the plane.
This scarf is made from Jersey Knit fabric, you could also you a Ponte Knit or a Cotton Lycra Knit. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out this post on my blog that explains what the different types of knit fabrics are, and what they are used for. With all of the cute knit fabrics on the market now it should be easy for you to find one that you love to make this scarf. In fact, it’s so quick to stitch up that you could make few if you like.
Okay are you ready to make one? You’re going to need:
1 yard of 58-60″ wide knit fabric
1 yard snap tape
Zipper foot for Sewing Machine
Wash and dry your fabric. Knit fabrics are a bit different than quilting cottons in that they need to be pre washed and dried before you use them.
Cut your knit fabric into a rectangle that is 28″ wide by 58″ (or the width of your fabric). Cut the selvage edges off of your fabric.
(tip: use a rotary cutter when cutting knit fabrics to get a clean edge)
Cut your snap tape to 28″ long
Fold under one of the 28″ sides of the fabric 1″. The wrong sides of the fabric should be facing. Separate the snap tape.
Pin one side of the snap tape to the fabric on top of fold. Double check that you have the correct side of the snap tape facing up. Have the tape about 1/16″ from the fold of the fabric. Pin well.
Install the zipper foot on your sewing machine.
Stitch the snap tape in place along one edge of the tape. You’ll need your zipper foot so that you can keep the foot of the sewing machine out of the way of the snaps.
Repeat for the other edge of the snap tape (you may need to move your needle or readjust your foot depending on your sewing machine).
Fold the other 28″ side of the fabric down 1″ . With the wrong sides of the fabric facing. Pin the other half of the snap tape to the RIGHT side of the scarf on top of the fold. Make sure the correct side of the snap tape is facing up and that it lines up with the snap tape you stitched to the other side.
Stitch in place the same way you did in step 3.
Trim edges even. Clip strings and you’re done! Since knit fabric does not fray there is no need to hem the long edges of the scarf!
Thanks for having me today Jen!!
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