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Wendy Almeida

Wendy Almeida wrote about enjoying the outdoors with kids in her monthly Kid Tracks Outdoors column for the Maine Sunday Telegram for more than 10 years. Her kids have grown up exploring the trails of Maine on foot, skis and bikes as well as through the Geocaching and EarthCache games. The family has found treasures of all sorts while out on the trail and the journey continues to be as much fun now that the kids are teenagers as it was when they were preschoolers. Follower on Twitter @wea1021 and Instagram

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Posted: December 12, 2013

Last-minute (and fashionable) gift: DIY Infinity scarf

Written by: Wendy Almeida

As far as last-minute DIY gift ideas go, the infinity scarf is a fashionable project that can be made in about 30 minutes if you have a sewing machine. But don’t fret if you’re machine-less, hand-stitching is very doable – and nearly invisible for those less adept at hand-sewing evenly.

You can choose a variety of fabrics for this project. Polar fleece makes a cozy scarf or you can go for a more fashionable look with a lighter fabric.

I used a silky fabric 20” wide by 40” long but you can create longer scarves to wrap around the neck more than once or slightly shorter ones for a more fitted look. The possibilities are endless.

To start, fold the fabric in half, lengthwise. Then cut the folded edge so there are two separate pieces of fabric.

When sewing the seams on each side, leave 3 inches at the end, on opposite sides, open.

These open ends are where the twist is made before connecting the ends.

This next part is a bit confusing because this is when you make the twist work.

Turn the scarf so the right sides are out and facing you. Twist the piece so that you can match up the two open seams (each end where you left the 3 inches). Match the two inside seams and pin together. Then take the remaining two pieces, which are the outside seams, and wrap around and pin together. Basically, your piece looks like a circular fan with the right sides facing in before you start sewing.

Once you have the “fan” end sewn, push the fabric through the open seam so it is right-side out. Hand-stitch this opening to finish the scarf.

Did I loose you on the twist part? It’s OK, just skip the twist and sew the ends together into a straight tube.

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