One of my favourite small sewing projects is making a scrunchie. Not only can I use my fabric scraps, but I also get a matching and stylish “bracelet” to my self-made outfits. If you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t worry, with a bit of patience, you can hand-sew a scrunchie too!
The previous method I was using required to assemble small pieces of fabric which was sometimes really tricky. A quick little project could quickly get much longer and take me up to an hour to make! But I’ve recently found a better way to make scrunchies and I wanted to share it with you. I find this method much quicker and gives a more refined look! Let me know what you think!
- Light-medium weight fabric such as cotton, velvet, satin: 60x10cm (23.5 x 4 inches)
- Elastic 20cm (8 inches)
- Sewing classics: a matching thread, a needle, pins, a safety pin, scissors, measuring tape or ruler
- Assemble the scrunchie with a hand-sewn running stitch
- Use preferably fabrics that don’t fray easily (stretchy fabrics work well)
Cut out the fabric. I overlocked the border of my fabric because satin frays very easily. For cotton it is not needed.
Fold lengthwise so that the fabric is inside out. Pin along the fabric.
Sew a line 3 cm from each raw ends, leaving a 4 cm gap in the seam
Turn the tube halfway inside. You can help yourself with a pin to pull the fabric through.
Match the raw ends and sew together
Pull slightly the fabric inside and sew the gap lengthwise (see the line sewn with the white thread on the picture)
Pull the whole fabric right side out through the 4cm hole in the seam
Cut the elastic - approximately 17 to 22cm (6.5 x 8.5 inches) depending whether you would like your scrunchie tighter or not.
- Thread it inside the scrunchie with an attached safety pin
Sew the elastic together with a zig-zag stitch
Hand-sew the hole with a blind stitch, or in other words the invisible stitch
Voila! You have a brand-new scrunchie and you can wear it with your outfit!
And now if you make new clothing, you can quickly make a scrunchie too. In this way, everyone will notice you have made everything by yourself ;)