Here is a new twist on the infinity scarf, adding snap tape along the sides,
instead of sewing the edges together, in order that you can open and close the ends
depending on how you wish to wear it:
Partially open (as shown in the photo above)
Closing the ends for a typical infinity scarf
Draped around the neck and shoulders to wear it as a cardigan style
Draped around the arms and snapped together at the back to wear it like a wrap or shrug
Wear as a the standard infinity neck scarf
Wear it over the head as a hoodie (with one row around the neck)
So many choices
The fabric is a stable, moderate stretch knit.
(I think it would be difficult to attach the snap tape if the knit was too stretchy)
60 inch by 30 inch piece of fabric
It is a single piece of fabric, not two pieces to be folded over like the normal infinity scarf, so ensure to buy fabric that looks "pretty" on both sides
I bought a metre of snap tape (which was more expensive than the knit fabric that I bought on sale) but it did not use the full metre
With stripes, match them up too!
And make a matching for skirt, like I did, if you have enough fabric!
A popular athletic wear company sells these for $50 plus tax...
The version that you make myself would
cost under $20 and it is fun to sew and wear ... plus you made it yourself!
FIRST STEP - Finish the long edges of the piece of fabric with a 3/8" seam.
NEXT: attach the snap tape to each shorter end at the edge of the fabric. Note: You do not need to finish the seam as it will be encased by the snap tape.
Cut the snap tape and separate it into the two strips.
To line it up properly, when the fabric is facing up while laying flat, one side will have one strip of the snap tape facing up AND the other edge of the scarf will have the strip of snap tape underneath. Each side will have the opposite at the edge.
If you attach each strip to the same side, i.e. both strips of snap tape facing up, you will not be able to secure the scarf behind your back to create a wrap... as the strips will not line up that way
Align the snap tape so that the raw edge of the fabric is underneath in the middle (as shown in the photo above).
Before stitching, fold the raw edge of the snap tape at the top and bottom underneath itself to hide the raw edge.
Stitch a row of sewing to the left of the snaps using a zipper foot on the sewing machine.
Photo below is showing the one strip of snap tape pinned to the edge and ready to sew
After stitching the first row, turn fabric over (photo below)
After you TURN the fabric edge over to the other side, you will stitch a second row on the snap tape (the other side of the snaps).
This will encase the raw edge of fabric underneath.
Notes - After sewing the second row of stitching to secure the tape on that side,
both rows of stitching will be showing on the same side of the snap tape,
one row of stitching on the left side (first row) of the tape and the second row
on the right side of the tape.
The raw edge of the fabric is 'tucked up underneath' the row of snap tape
so you cannot see it.
The technique is like a French seam, the raw edge is tucked in behind
and two rows are encasing the raw edge.
NEXT - stitch the other strip of snap tape the same way on the other side
of the scarf and you are done!
In the photo above, the finished scarf is folded in half
so you can see each finished edge
If the scarf was facing flat and not folded, one strip of snap tape would be facing up
the opposing side of the snap tape would be underneath
SEW MUCH FUN TO MAKE AND WEAR
Scarves are a great fashionable accessory to coordinate with any outfit and they are easy to make yourself, for yourself or to give as gifts