I’ve been so busy sewing ALL THE BABY CLOTHES that I sort of forgot that I could use a few new things myself! Way back when, I saw a few infinity scarf/nursing cover patterns on Pinterest, and thought they’d be really useful once the baby arrived. So, I decided to take a short break from sewing for K and whipped up this DIY Infinity Scarf as a little pick-me-up (bonus: it doubles as a nursing cover!).
My mom turned up with a remnant of this gorgeous, Monet-esque fabric the other day. It was just crying out for a special use!
So pretty! And so slithery… Which made for some interesting sewing adventures. I’m happy to say that I get a little better at working with slinky fabrics every time, though. I’d love the get a serger one day, to make this kind of thing easier… *hint hint* Christmas present, Hubby dearest *hint*. 😉
29″ x 60″ piece of fabric (I used a synthetic silk, but cotton or even knit would work)
LOTS of straight pins
The first thing I did was cut my fabric. I went based off the various infinity scarf patterns I looked up, and the consensus was somwhere between 25-30″ wide by 50-60″ long. My (unfinished) dimensions were 29″ x 60 “.
I began by pinning a small hem on both long sides. To have a finished look, I folded the fabric once and then again to a width of 3/8″. I sewed all along both long sides and pressed them when finished.
Once both long hems were sewn, I pinned the short ends of the fabric, right sides together. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, I sewed the two ends together.
In a perfect world, I would have a serger and would have serged the rough edged of the seam. But this is not a perfect world, and so I used pinking shears to clean up the seam a bit, and stop the fabric from ravelling. It was by no means a perfect solution, but it did the trick. I then pressed open this seam.
Et voilà! You’re done! This scarf is wide enough to lend good coverage when nursing, but is still light-weight enough to look good when worn as an infinity scarf.
When wearing it as an infinity scarf, I fold the scarf in half before wrapping it. This makes it a bit more manageable. I love how light and airy it feels! It will be perfect for nursing during the hot summer months and even into the fall.
I’m all about practicality as I prepare for this baby, so having an accessory that is both beautiful AND useful is exactly what the doctor ordered. A scarf like this would make a fabulous baby shower gift if you have a sewing machine and a spare hour to hand!
Next week I’ll be participating in a fabulous baby shower-themed blog hop. I can’t wait to share some of my baby sewing projects in more detail.
Have a wonderful weekend!