Like many of you out there, it seems that when the chilly weather shows up, so does my obsession with infinity scarves.
Now, I’ve already got a closet full of regular scarves collected over the years. But since they are not infinity scarves, they haven’t seen a lot of wear recently.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered a ridiculously easy way to convert a regular scarf to an infinity scarf, so I thought I’d share that thrifty hack with you today.
1. Pick out a regular scarf you want to convert.
I chose these four. The one on the left and the one on the right required special treatment, which I’ll share toward the end of the post.
2. Grab some iron-on hem tape and turn on the iron to the hottest setting safe for your fabric.
3. Line up the two short ends of the scarf, with the ugly side/inside of the scarf and seams facing out.
4. Cut a piece of hem tape and sandwich it between the ends at the top.
5. Line up the ends again and iron the layers together.
6. Turn the scarf right-side out and check to make sure the hem tape worked. Done!
I used this same no-sew method for the purple scarf.
The black and white scarf had fringe on the ends, so the first thing I did was trim that off with pinking shears.
This scarf is so thin I was worried the hem tape would bleed through, so instead I sewed a quick seam connecting the two ends. Again, I made sure the ugly side of the scarf was facing out when I did this.
I simply used a straight stitch to sew the ends together. Yes, I realize I’m using brown thread (I was out of black). I’ll show you a trick for converting colored thread to black in a moment. 😉
I probably should have used a zigzag stitch for this seam. But I seem to always create a balled-up, tangled mess of thread when I set my sewing machine to the zigzag stitch. If anyone has any tips for how to avoid that insanity, I’m all ears.
Here’s the black scarf done and turned right-side out:
I sewed together the striped scarf as well because I figured the hem tape may not hold together fabric that thick.
After I finished sewing the seams, I colored in the brown thread with a permanent black marker. Voila! Black thread. 😉
Here are my four “new” DIY infinity scarves:
I estimate that I spent about 40 minutes total making all four of these scarves.
Would you ever try converting your regular scarves to infinity scarves?