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17 Free Scrunchie Patterns

The '90s called... Bring on the nostalgia because the sewing hair accessories from the '80s and '90s are trending again. Sew up some DIY scrunchies and become totally tubular!

Updated July 20, 2023
17 Free Scrunchie Patterns

A scrunchie (or scrunchy) is such an iconic accessory from the late 1980s and 1990s but they never truly left. In the past few years, DIYing them has become popular and has started trending more and more.

You can sew your own, make scrunchies without sewing, or even find patterns for crochet scrunchies and knit scrunchies to make at home!

This collection of 17 Free Scrunchie Patterns features all the best sewing projects we could find. You can make a classic DIY scrunchie in minutes but we also have knotted/bunny ear and oversized designs, not to mention many more unique patterns.

After you pick out your scrunchie pattern to start sewing, be sure to read our bonus tips section at the bottom of this page. Any question you have will be answered, so you'll want to read it before pulling out your needles and thread.

Most of these free scrunchie patterns can be made in minutes using a sewing machine but there are a few hand-sewn patterns as well. Once you start making these, you won't be able to stop.

Use them as stocking stuffer gifts, give them as party favors, or sell them at your next craft show. It's a great retro project that you'll enjoy immensely.

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Traditional Free Scrunchie Sewing Patterns

You will have no trouble finding an easy scrunchie pattern in this section. All of these projects are simple and easy to follow. In as little as five minutes of sewing time, you can sew up a DIY scrunchie. Many designers love using silk or velvet for an ultra-luxe feel when wearing it on your hand or in your hair. However, most general fabrics will work. Using a fun print allows you to make a whole basket of options to go with every outfit.

Free Knot Bow Scrunchie Patterns

For a slightly fancier and fun look, try a "bunny ear scrunchie" aka a knot bow scrunchie. The base is the standard shape but then there are two loose pieces of fabric that resemble animal ears or a classic hair bow. It's a popular take on the traditional design. It always looks darling, whether it's holding up hair for a child or adult.

Unique DIY Hair Scrunchie Patterns Free

This section features a little bit of everything. Oversized scrunchies, ruffled and small hair ties, and more. Have an old t-shirt or two you don't know what to do with? Don't toss it! There is even an upcycle tutorial using shirts that you will definitely want to keep around. Fall back in love with retro fashion by using neon colors and prints.

PLUS! Tips for Sewing and Using Scrunchies

If you have a question, we have an answer! Here are the FAQs for scrunchies:

What is a scrunchie?
A scrunchie is an elastic hair tie that is covered by bunched fabric that expands and detracts with the elastic when in use. This hair accessory was patented in 1987. The designer, Rommy Revson, wanted a softer version of a standard metal hair tie. The rest is history!

How do you use a scrunchie?
You use it the same way you would any hair tie for ponytails and buns. But you do have to consider that the extra fabric adds volume. Depending on how wide the elastic is, how flexible the fabric casing is, and how thick the hair is, a scrunchie can be wrapped around an updo two to three times.

How do you make a scrunchie without elastic?
Although elastic is recommended for this type of hair accessory, you can use other methods. If you don't have elastic, you can use an existing hair tie instead. It does need a stretchy circle base to work effectively as a hair holder, though.

What type of elastic do you use for scrunchies?
Knit or braided elastic is best. You'll need a strip about 8-10" for one scrunchie. Or, again you can use an existing hair tie for some tutorials and patterns.

What fabrics are best for scrunchies?
Cotton fabric is best for durability and washability, but satin, silk, velvet, and polyester are also popular fabrics to use for scrunchies.

How do you make a scrunchie holder?
Learn how to make a scrunchie holder by visiting our friends at FaveCrafts for a tutorial.

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