To celebrate two years of Simply Sewing magazine, we’re sharing some of our favourite Fast Fat Quarter projects from our past issues with you in this new web series. To kick start the series, we’re showing you how to sew an infinity scarf, designed by Jessica Entwistle. The simple tube scarf is the perfect project if you’ve got some favourite prints to show off. It’s one of our favourite quick and easy sewing projects, using just six fat quarters of fabric. You don’t need much sewing experience to give it a go, but if you’re more of a seasoned sewist looking for a quick project, you should be able to whip up this fantastic cowl in an afternoon.
How to sew a simple tube scarf tutorial
You will need
- Six fat quarters of your chosen fabric. We used Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics: 1 x Grey Satellite, 3504-16, 1 x Sky Whispered Lace, 3500-12, 2 x Teal Beacon, 3502-21 and 2 x Teal Gems, 3507-22
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
- Sewing machine
Step by step
Step one: Trim your fat quarters to the same size. Arrange the six pieces into two rows of three.
Step two: Sew the first two fat quarters from the top row, with right sides facing and a 1.25cm (1⁄2in) seam allowance.
Step three: Sew together the second and third fat quarters from the top row. Repeat with the bottom row fat quarters so you have 2 rows of 3 squares.
Step four: Place your two fat quarter rows right side down and press the seams apart, so that they’re less bulky. Pin the top row of fat quarters on top of the bottom row, with right sides together and the seams lined up.
Step five: Check the width of your scarf is even. To do this, fold your scarf in half widthways so the two short edges meet – move the top layer back by around 2.5cm (1in). Mark a stitch line on both sides of the two short ends, at least 1.25cm (1⁄2in) from the raw edge. Unfold and sew up both long seams, following your marks.
Step six: Trim any threads and press. Turn your scarf right side out, press again and lay flat.
Step seven: Carefully pull the left end of the scarf back on itself (like peeling a banana) so that the right sides of the scarf are facing each other inside. Pull back all the way to the right-hand side so the two short raw edges line up.
Step eight: Pin together the short raw edges in a circle. Stitch around with a 1.25cm (1⁄2in) seam allowance, leaving a 10cm (4in) turning gap.
Step nine: Pull the scarf through the turning gap until it’s right side out.
Step ten: Press your scarf, including the gap, tucking the excess fabric inside the gap. Handsew the opening closed using an invisible stitch. Your scarf is finished!
More Fast Fat Quarter projects to try
- How to make a Bento bag
- Quick & easy headbands
- Sew your own pattern weights
- Super cute DIY baby booties