How To Make Scrunchies
See how to make scrunchies – a super easy sewing project anyone can do. Together with a diy sleep mask (get free pattern here), it makes a great diy gift for teenagers. Let me show you how to make a scrunchie – the quick and easy way!
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How To Make 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 diy scrunchie 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 see how 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!
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:
Here’s what you need to make a scrunchie:
fabric scraps the size of 18″ by 5″
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)
What Fabric To Use For 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.
And you’re always safe with cotton. Poplin works wonders and you can throw it in the washer any time. 🙂
How To Make Scrunchies
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)
Small scrunchie? Kid-sized scrunchie: 11″ by 3″ (30 x 8 cm) , 5″ (13cm) long elastic.
2) Turn under one narrow end of the fabric piece by 1/4″ (0.7 cm) and topstitch so you create a finished edge.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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! Need more details? Check out the entire scrunchie tutorial here.
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.
Not only are they quick and easy, they are great stocking stuffers. Let’s make scrunchies!
Save this tutorial for later:
These diy scrunchies will turn out super cute! See how to make scrunchies – in minutes!