I have been meaning to take part in Jungle January for three years now and never quite get there. So this year I was determined to make something.
I had already stashed a piece of polyester panne velvet (from Spotlight) last year, and it kept growling at me everytime I passed, so this was picked up and turned into an infinity cowl scarf.
Quick and simple to make. In fact, it is so quick and simple to make, I thought I would tell you how I made it. It only took about half and hour, including stopping and taking photos to show you what I did.
Firstly, I settled on the length and width needed. I had purchased about 37cm of 150 wide fabric. I cut the fabric in half, so I had two pieces of fabric 37 cm by 77 cm (approximately). The scarf can be any width and length that you like - play around with the fabric and put it around your neck to see what works with the fabric and for you. You can also make a scarf with a wider width of fabric so that you only have one seam down one side, and the fold of the fabric down the other.
Then I made sewed the two pieces together down the length of the fabric, right sides together so making a tube :
(you can also just fold the fabric in half if you don't want a seam on one side - it all depends on the length of the scarf and the width of the fabric how you cut the cowl scarf)
Then turn the tube so that the right sides are out:
Mark one seam (or if you have folded the strip inside) with a pin, or a bit of chalk.
Now the tricky bit - you need to make the infinity bit happen here by twisting the scarf :
And then placing one seam across to the other seam or the centre of the fold of fabric if you have used a wider width and folded the fabric.
Then you need to close the open edges, right side together - a bit tricky but pin first and check that you have the idea. Here I have placed the opposite seams - right sides together
Then I have pinned the seam:
Sew the seam and leave an opening - I have marked the opening with two pins. You will need the opening so that you can pull the scarf out. Sew the seam:
And then sew the opening closed - by hand or machine. I hand stitched mine on this occasion.
And then you have a nice new infinity cowl to wear:
Unfortunately it is a little warm to wear this during January in Australia, but I will enjoy wearing it later this winter :).
I'm not sure that leopard quite goes with the antique nightgown that covers my dummy though...
Well, that's ticked off the list - my first Jungle January completed.
Bye for now,