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How to Make a Scrunchie (Easy!)

Learn how to make a hair scrunchie with a sewing machine in only 5 easy steps!

Updated November 22, 2019
How to Make a Scrunchie Easy

Find out how to make scrunchies, easy, with this tutorial.

Scrunchies are one of the first sewing projects I learned how to make as a kid, and they are suddenly trendy to wear again! Scrunchies are so fun, fast, and easy to create for beginners and make great gifts for kids and grandkids.

With this quick sewing tutorial, you can learn How to Make a Scrunchie easy with only 5 steps!

Velvet in muted colors is what is currently in style, but you can also find licensed team fabric or even movie-themed fabric that would be a hit with the younger kids. (Pro Tip: Velvet is a trendy and fun choice but can be slippery to sew.)

If you are a beginner, cotton quilting fabric has lots of fun patterns and will stay put in the machine.) Another super cute idea is to make a dress and a scrunchie in matching fabric!

Small sizes of our Clementine Dress pattern use just one yard of fabric and there is enough extra in the scraps to make a matching scrunchie. So cute!! These wonderful DIY scrunchies sew up in about 10 minutes and use very basic skills making for a fun, relaxed sewing project!

This guest post is written by Molly at Craft Weekly. Head over to her blog for more projects like this!


Plus! It's National Sewing Month so be sure to keep an eye on all of the projects and videos we have to share with you. Our National Sewing Month 2019 hub page has it all.

 

DIY Scrunchie Materials

Supplies:
  - 1/8 yard fabric or pre-cut fat quarter - this will make a few scrunchies
  - Matching thread
  - Sewing machine
  - Fabric tape or needle and thread
  Scissors or rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  - 5/8-inch elastic
  Pencil and a little tape (optional)

Image shows a hand holding up a black scrunchie.

How to Sew a Scrunchie

Step 1: Cut Your Fabric and Elastic

Using scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat, cut a strip of fabric 4 in wide and 16 in long. Also cut a strip of elastic that measures 10 inches.

Image shows a piece of fabric, length of elastic, and scissors sitting atop a cutting mat.

Step 2: Sew The Long Seam

Fold the strip of fabric placing the right-sides (patterned sides) together. With your needle in the center, place the raw edge of the fabric on the 5/8 inch mark so you get a 5/8 inch seam.

Image shows a sewing machine sewing the long seam of the scrunchie.

Step 3: Flip Inside-Out

Flip the edge of the fabric over as shown (you will see the patterned side start to come out.) and use your fingers to pull the fabric from the inside until it is flipped completely.

Image shows the scrunchie being flipped inside-out,

Step 4: Insert The Elastic

Place the elastic over the eraser side of the pencil as shown. Use a little tape to secure it. Now, insert it into the fabric tube you created in the last step. Bunch the fabric down so you can clearly see each side of the elastic coming out of opposite ends of the fabric tube.

Image shows a pencil with elastic wrapped and held over the eraser, about to be inserted into the scrunchie tube.
Image shows a pencil with the elastic being pushed out the end of the scrunchie tube.
Image shows a pencil with the elastic end being pushed out the end of the scrunchie tube.

Remove the tape and remove the pencil, keeping the elastic in place. Tie both ends of the elastic together and stitch the excess elastic down on at least one side to make a permanent knot.

Image shows the scrunchie tube with elastic coming out of either end.
Image shows the scrunchie tube with elastic knotted to make a loop.

Step 5: Close The Fabric Tube and Finish

Line up the seam on both sides and insert one end of the tube into the other. Tuck the raw edge under and hand sew or use permanent fabric tape to close it up.

Image shows a close up of the scrunchie.
Image shows a close up of three scrunchies on a light pink background.

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