Before I start, get your pdf pattern from Fat Quarter Gang! You can download the file with the specifics for this Infinity Cowl.
I posted a Poll on the Threaded Lines Facebook page a couple of weeks ago about whether anyone needed a Fabric Stash year or a Fabric Bust year. Overwhelmingly, the majority were looking to use up their stash, then hopefully, stock up on new and fun fabrics that come out so often!
When I came across this pattern for an Infinity Cowl, I knew it was a good pattern to use up some gorgeous fabrics very quickly for something useful (and possibly even for yourself!).
I chose to work with Art Gallery Fabrics as they are my favorite when working with clothing. Although the ones I used are considered quilting cotton, they have a silky-like texture that makes it useful over a broad spectrum of projects.
Aren’t these black and white fabrics just stunning! Normally, I am not much into black and white, but I could not resist these. I curated a fat quarter bundle last year – you can see them all here – and I have been anxiously awaiting a time (and project) to use them!
1st, you need to pick out 6 fat quarters – no cutting! We are using the full 6 fat quarters. You can use cotton, knit – whatever you like! Use 6 different designs, like I did, or all the same, it all works – trust me.
Before starting to sew, I like to iron all the fabrics so they are nice and flat. Unfortunately, I ran out of Flatter, so some of wrinkles stayed, but that is OK.
Starting to sew
Once they are all ironed, decide what order you will sew them in. 3 go to a side.
Then sew, right-sides together, along the short end. Sew 2 together, then iron seams open. Then add the 3rd piece, again, right-sides together. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance and 2.5 stitch length.
All seams get ironed open.
Once you have the first side sewn, Sew up the second side the same way. Here, depending on how the fat quarters were cut, I may make some cuts to shore up lines. You may or may not have to do this step with yours.
Putting it all together
Now that both sides are sewn together, you should have 2 long strips. Sew these together by the LONG side to make a long tube. Use a .5″ seam allowance, pinning before sewing to match up the seams – always right-sides together. Here is where a little prep makes for easy sewing!
Possible Confusing Part
Both sides are together and you are thinking – ok, I have this long tube, how in the world are we going to get it together.
Turn your tube right side out.
Then, start telescoping back over itself from both ends. Almost like you are going to turn it inside-out, but you will turn BOTH ends until the meet in the middle.
Now, that your ends are meeting in the middle, you can still see the right sides of your fabrics inside.
Pin, carefully, the two ends together, leaving about a 4-5″ hole for turning. Sew with a .5″ seam allowance making sure to NOT sew through all the fabrics. It is not hard, but you will have some bulk on your machine. Just go slowly, keeping just the two fabrics meeting under your presser foot. It only took me a few minutes to go around.
Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end!
Hopefully, you remembered to leave a hole! If not, get your seam ripper out!
Simply turn your cowl out and press along the edges to give it a crispness.
Sew the hole closed with your favorite invisible stitch and that is it! Literally, one of the easiest projects I have done in a while. LOVE IT!
Thanks to luvinthemommyhood, which unfortunately, I cannot find her website. However, Fat Quarter Gang is keeping this pattern going. If you missed it at the top – download the Free pdf Pattern here.
In case you were curious, I use an OlisoPro Iron (and yes, I LOVE it – used it for 3 years). The fabric is part of the Yin and Yang Collection by Art Gallery. Thread is Aurifil 50wt White. The mat is a wool pressing mat. My sewing machine is a Juki TL-2010Q. A workhorse – seriously.
What do you think? Are you going to make one? Let me know if you have any questions and share your cowl! I LOVE to see your projects!