How To Make A Scrunchie

See how to make a scrunchie - it's a quick and easy sewing project anyone can do. You don't even need a pattern to make a scrunchie, and it's so much fun! Together with a diy sleep mask (get free pattern here), it makes a great diy birthday gift for teenagers. Let me show you how to sew hair scrunchies - the quick and easy way!
how to make a scrunchie
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Remember the eighties? Yep, they are back! And scrunchies, too! The defining hairstyle of the 80's and so comfortable! Raise your hand if you are one of those who wore their ponytail with scrunchies nearly all the time! So easy to make, and so much fun!
how to make a scrunchie
Back to scrunchies: One thing I never realized until this very moment, I have never in my life purchased a scrunchie. It never occurred to me that I could, or should! I could choose any color or material from my mom's fabric stash (thanks, mom!) and the 10-minutes I needed to actually make one never seemed to be a problem to find when I was in school. Or college. The last one I made was in black velvet, quite a few years ago on a quiet Saturday morning - before I had kids - and I still must have it somewhere, buried under a pile of stuff in the closet.

Now it was time to make scrunchies again, this time for my daughter. She loves them! You don't even need a pattern to make a scrunchie. Let me show you how to diy one in minutes!
how to make a scrunchie
First, for those of you who like video, I've made a slide-show to get the feeling of how easy it is to sew one:
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SUPPLIES:

Here's what you need to make a scrunchie:

  • fabric scraps the size of 18" by 5"
  • a strip of 3/8" (1 cm) wide elastic
  • a simple chopstick for turning
  • matching thread, a safety pin or an elastic threader
  • sewing machine or needle, pins or sewing clips
  • scissors or rotary cutter plus cutting mat (I use this one by Olfa)

how to sew a scrunchie

Regarding the materials used, you are not limited to cotton. Velvet scrunchies are fairly popular, but you can use any material. Slippery silk or poly are shiny and give a polished look, but they might be harder to sew with and I don't really like using them because they slip off my head too easily. You're always safe with cotton. Poplin works wonders and you can throw it in the washer any time. :)

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How To Make A Scrunchie


1) Cut a piece of fabric 18" by 5" (46 x 13cm). Cut a piece of 3/8" (1cm) wide elastic - max 6" (15cm) long (not pictured)
diy hair scrunchie
Small scrunchie? Kid-sized scrunchie: 11" by 3" (30 x 8 cm) , 5" (13cm) long elastic.
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2) Turn under one narrow end of the fabric piece by 1/4" (0.7 cm) and topstitch so you create a finished edge.
sewing scrunchie

2) Fold the fabric lengthwise, right sides together and stitch along the long side using a 1/4 up to 3/8" seam allowance. Handstitch if you prefer, we as kids always used the simple running stitch and it worked perfectly.
diy scrunchie

3) Turn the fabric tube right side out. If the tube is too narrow for your fingers, use a chopstick, or a safety pin. If using a safety pin, attach it to one end and guide through just as you do it when threading the elastic into a casing. Once turned right side out, press the fabric.
diy hair scrunchie

5) Thread the elastic into the casing, using a safety pin or an elastic threader. Stitch the ends of the elastic together with a small overlap (or just tie off a knot!) and then close the opening by joining the two ends of the fabric tube, like this:
hair scrunchie
Options: machine-stitching one short line. Stitching through all the layers, you'll catch the elastic, too, which is just fine.  This is, as you might have guessed, the fastest way. If you have more time, feel free to hand-stitch all the way around to close the opening, using a running stitch or a whip stitch.

6) Finished! Make them in every color you like and choose which one to wear today!

diy scrunchie
To recap, a summary: What do you need to make a scrunchie? It's simple. You'll need fabric scraps the size of 18 by 5 inch, a strip elastic, a simple chopstick for turning, matching thread, a safety pin or an elastic threader, sewing machine or needle, pins or sewing clips, and scissors. How to make scrunchies? Take a rectangular strip of fabric. Fold the fabric lengthwise, right sides together and stitch along the long side. Turn the fabric tube right side out.  Then grab a piece of elastic, thread the elastic into the casing and close the hole. Done!
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And for an added bonus, hair scrunchies are way better for your hair than regular hair ties. Your head won't hurt after hours of keeping your hair tied into a high ponytail, and scrunchies will not cause hair breakage like rubber hair bands can. Healthier, more comfortable and more fun. Let's make scrunchies!

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Damjana

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7 comments:

  1. I am also ready to start binge scrunchie sewing! Love your colors! :) Lisa

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  2. Scrunchies are an 80's fashion I am happy to see come back.

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  3. When my daughter's were younger, and had long hair, I would make scrunchies to go along with their outfits I also made---what happy memories! I think they look great as a pony tail holder!

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial. So easy and turned out great. I used your tutorial to teach my 12 yr granddaughter how to make them using her machine. She is now the scrunchie making queen among her friends and I am the coolest KK around !!!!!

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    1. Kim hi,

      I'm so happy to hear that! Have fun!
      xoxo, Damjana

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