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Tutorial: Infinity Scarf

I am a HUGE fan of scarves; I wear them all seasons, in air-conditioned buildings in the summer and out of necessity in the winter. Infinity scarves and circle scarves are my favorites. Traditional rectangular scarves shift too much and I end up feeling like I am being strangled, infinity scarves keep me warm and comfortable. They also make wonderful holiday gifts that are quick to sew up.

I like my scarves big and substantial, so my scarf pattern uses 18” instead of the traditional 9”. Yes, it requires a bit more fabric, but trust me it is worth it.

Without any further ado, may I present my long awaited Infinity (or Circle) Scarf Tutorial!

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Infinity (or Circle) Scarf
by Elizabeth Timmons, andpins.com

Fabric Requirements

1 yard main fabric and 1 yard coordinating fabric

I have used cotton lawn, voile, quilting cotton, and knit. I mix and match the fabrics for the main and coordinating fabrics. Voile and knit makes for a wonderful combination.

Prewash and iron your fabric! If you use knit (or end up with a bad cut), it may shrink so that you cannot get two 18” WOF pieces, in that case, measure and cut the fabric in half. Mimic that measurement with your second fabric.

Read through the instructions in their entirety before you begin cutting.The hardest decision you will make is what fabric to pair together to make your first scarf. For this tutorial I used Cloud 9 Palos Verdes voile paired with Pure Elements quilting cotton in Icy Mint.

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Cut  Cutting instructions are based on 44” wide fabric, if your fabric is wider or shorter, cut your fabrics so that you have a total of 66” of raw fabric. (ex. The directions have one 44” and one 22” piece which equals 66” of raw fabric.)

1. Cut the selvedges off of both yards of fabric leaving you with two 44” pieces.

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2. Cut each yard of fabric in half (18” each) along the width of the fabric (WOF). You will have two 18” x WOF pieces of each fabric.

3. Cut one of each fabric (main and coordinating) piece in half*, leaving you with two 18” x 22” pieces. Put one of each 18” x 22” piece in your stash. *Cutting instructions are based on 44” WOF, if your fabric is wider or shorter, cut your fabrics so that you have a total of 66” of raw fabric. (ex. The directions have one 44” and one 22” piece which equals 66” of raw fabric.)

 

Sew  (use a 1/2” seam allowance throughout)

4. Using 1/2” seam allowances, piece together both main fabric pieces together to form an 18” x 65” rectangle.

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5. Repeat step 4 with the coordinating fabric.

6. With right sides together, pin fabrics together along both long edges. On one of the long edges, mark a dot 4” from each edge (marked with arrows below). Sew from dot to dot, backstitching at each point. Sew the other side edge to edge.

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7. Gently press the seams open.

8. Turn the scarf right side out.

At this point, you can determine if you want an infinity (with a twist) scarf or a circle scarf. I recommend following the folding directions below and carefully (watch for pins) trying it on both ways to see what look you prefer.

Sew Option #1: Infinity (with a twist) Scarf

9. Place scarf with the main fabric facing up on a long surface. The 4” open edges should be the top edge (marked with the Clover Clips in the photographs).

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10. Fold up: take the raw edge of LEFT edge up at center at a 90-degree angle.

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11. Fold under: bring the same raw edge UNDER the scarf, straight down so the raw edge points down.

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12. Fold over: fold the same raw edge OVER so it matches the raw edge on the right hand side, 4” opening on the top. The main fabric will be resting against each other; coordinating fabric will be showing.

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13. Pin edges of main fabric together starting at the edge where the seams line up, gently pin towards each edge. Stitch along the pinned seam. Make sure that you remove all of the pins as you go!

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Sew Option #2: Circle Scarf

14. Place scarf with the main fabric facing up on a long surface. The 4” open edges should be the top edge.

15. Fold over: fold the left raw edge over to the right raw edge. The main fabric will be resting against each other; coordinating fabric will be showing.

16. Pin edges of main fabric together starting at the edge where the seams line up, gently pin towards each edge. Stitch along the pinned seam. Make sure that you remove all of the pins as you go!

Sew: Finishing

17. Gently press the seam open.

18. Double check that all of the pins have been removed.

19. Ladder stitch the 8” opening closed.

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Enjoy wearing your new scarf!

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I cannot wait to see what fabric combinations you come up with for your scarves. If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email. I’m happy to help!

Cascade Blog Tour + a Tutorial

I’m going to Quilt Market! Well not really, me, but one of my quilts is and that is almost as exciting as being able to actually go to quilt market. Color Block is going to market! Welcome to my stop of the Cascade blog tour! blog tour icon The wonderful, talented Jessica Levitt is releasing her new line of fabric, Cascade, which debuts at Quilt Market later this month and I am thrilled that I was able to make my Color Block quilt to showcase her awesome fabrics. Cascade is Jessica’s third collection with Windham Fabrics. With Art Nouveau references, Cascade is Jessica’s graphic interpretation of water in many of its forms. She used a beautiful palette of shades of blue, gray, green, and other earth tones that are fresh and luxurious to create 19 wonderful prints and four coordinating solids. glacier stack   pond stack

Check out the Cascade Lookbook to see all of the fabrics and the inspiring quilts, bags, and clothing made with the fabric and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour participants (they are hosting giveaways as well so you have more than one chance to win)!

Monday October 13th – Jessica Levitt – Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics
Tuesday October 14th – Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt – knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th – Amanda Kattner – What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton – a bright corner
Thursday October 16th – Marci Debataz – Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon – Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th – Angela Walters – Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander – Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th – Elizabeth Timmons – andpins / Andrea Taddicken – knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th – Erin Erickson – Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety – Quilty Habit
Monday October 20th  – Caroline Press – Trillium Design / Karin Jordan – Leigh Laurel Studios

To celebrate the release of Cascade, Windham has graciously agreed to give away a fat quarter bundle to one lucky andpins reader! Details on how to enter are after the tutorial for Color Block Quilt. Cascade_ColorBlock_andpins

The amazing quilting and photography was done by Jessica Levitt.

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I designed Color Block to be a simple, fast baby quilt that lets the fabric shine. The clean, bold aesthetic is fun as well. It has only ten pieces! I’d love to see your version of Color Block, tag me on Instagram @andpins and tag it #andpinscolorblock!

Color Block Quilt

Designed by Elizabeth Timmons, andpins.com

Finished Size: 33.5” x 41.5”

Fabric Requirements (quantities have very little margin for error, you may want to purchase extra)

Fabric

IF Directional Fabric (like Cascade)

IF Non-Directional Fabric

A Cascade in Ice

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

B Splash in Midnight

2/3 yard

1/3 yard

C Drip in Haze

1 yard

1/2 yard

D Splash in Fog 1 ¼ yard

1 yard

Cut All dimensions are listed as height (tall) x width. If you are using directional fabrics, use the diagram and be sure that your pieces follow the directional fabrics.ColorBlockQuilt_diagram_ElizabethTimmons_andpins

Fabric A: 17.5” x 15.5”
Fabric B: one 21.5” x 4.5” and two 2.5” x 15.5”
Fabric C: one 29.5” x 6.5” and two 4.5” x 19.5”
Fabric D: one 41.5” x 8.5” and two 6.5” x 25.5”

Sew Sew all fabrics right sides together (RST) with 1/4” seam allowances and press seams to one side. If you are sewing with a directional fabric, pay special attention to how you place the strips before you sew. That extra second or two of thought will save you from ripping stitches. (Ask me how I know!)

  1. Sew 2.5” strips of Fabric B to the top and the bottom of the center rectangle of Fabric A, press seams to one side.
  2. Attach the 21.5” strip of Fabric B to the left side of the panel, press seams to one side.
  3. Repeat process with Fabric C and D, sewing the short strips to the top and bottom of the panel and then the long strip to the left.

Give the entire top a good press and marvel at your new quilt top! How would you like to win a fat quarter bundle of Cascade? Windham would like to send one lucky winner a complete bundle of Cascade by Jessica Levitt. To enter leave a comment telling me what you would make with Cascade – and let me know you commented by using the Rafflecopter link below.

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There are some optional, bonus entry options as well. The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm EST and I will announce the winner later that evening. The giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering. The lucky winner is Must Love Quilts who would love to make a water inspired quilt.

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