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How to make a jersey infinity scarf from scraps – tutorial.

This is a great way to use up left over pieces of jersey from previous projects. Jersey fabrics tend to be really wide, after cutting a top or dress I often find there are large chunks of waste down the side of the fabric. Good quality jersey fabrics are quite expensive so I thought it would be good to find a use for some of these pieces. This is a lovely simple project perfect to sew together using an overlocker, it can also be sewn together using a regular sewing machine. If you are using a standard sewing machine choose a medium size zig-zag or stretch stitch and a ball point or stretch needle.

Materials:

Large pieces of medium weight jersey fabric. You can use different length pieces to create this scarf. For this scarf I used:

Burgundy cotton/elastane jersey 40cm x 25cm

Orange stripe cotton/elastane jersey 108cm x 25cm

Orange  cotton/elastane jersey 144cm x 25cm

Template:

The base size for the plain side is 144cm x 24cm. You need one piece this size. Draw the size directly on your fabric using a ruler with a right angle and tailors chalk.

The paneled side is the same width and can be made out of as many panels as you like.

I cut one 40cm long and the other 106cm long (2cm for seam allowance). Remember to add a seam allowance for each panel you add so that the total length is the same as the plain side once stitched together.  I stitched this scarf together with an overlocker therefore I used a 1cm seam allowance.

How to make:

  1. With right sides together stitch the panels across the width so that once stitched together the piece measures the same length as the plain piece.
  2. Press the seam or seams flat. With right sides together pin the two sides of the scarf together along the long edges. It helps to place the pins at right angles to the scarf edge to prevent the jersey curling. You will need to remove the pins as you sew.
  3. Stitch together leaving the short ends un-stitched. Turn through to the right side and press.
  4. With right sides together and seams matched pin the two short ends. You have to partially turn the scarf inside out again to pin this seam. Try not to over stretch it to achieve this. It is a little tricky but its worth making the effort for a neat finish.
  5. Stitch the pinned seam, press the seam flat. Press the gap in line with the seam before discreetly slip stitching to close the gap.

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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