I remember first spying jersey knit infinity scarves on Etsy a couple of years ago. I liked the ones that had several different strands of fabric, long and loopy. After doing a little research on jersey knit cotton, you learn that it’s the kind of fabric that doesn’t require any hemming along the edges as it doesn’t fray.
I finally decided to try making a scarf on my own. Here’s how I did it.
1. Find a used black t-shirt (or color of your choice), look for one in a men’s XL or XXL. Mine happened to be a programmer swag t-shirt from an Apple conference. I chose an XL, but I usually wear a woman’s small, so if you wear a larger size, you may want to look for a bigger t-shirt.
– cut the shirt off below the armpits. You may need one of the best electric fabric cutting machine options out there for this.
2. Now you have just the “body” of the shirt, which is the portion armpit level and below. It should be a giant tube. The tube is where you will eventually be putting your head, this is your neck hole. You could actually stop here if you try it on and like how it looks.
3. Cut he body of the shirt in half again, cutting parallel with the bottom hem of the shirt. You’ll be keeping the big “loop” which used to fit around a man’s belly as your neck hole.
4. Cutting parallel once again to the hem (or the armpit line, if you’re using the top half), cut several “fringes,” but be careful not to cut all the way through the top. These cuts are separating portions of the scarf, so that the end look will be many individual “strandrs” of a scarf. You want to leave a large uncut portion at one end, which you will put behind your neck.
You can repeat steps 3 & 4 and make a quick stocking stuffer for a friend.
Go get your coat and get ready to head out! Now you have your free infinity scarf!