How to make a scrunchie under 15 minutes

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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!

Material to sew scrunchies:

  • 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

For hand-sewing:

  • Assemble the scrunchie with a hand-sewn running stitch
  • Use preferably fabrics that don’t fray easily (stretchy fabrics work well)

11 steps to sew a scrunchie

  1. Cut out the fabric. I overlocked the border of my fabric because satin frays very easily. For cotton it is not needed.

    Material to sew

  2. Fold lengthwise so that the fabric is inside out. Pin along the fabric.

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  3. Sew a line 3 cm from each raw ends, leaving a 4 cm gap in the seam

    sew a hair scrunchie

  4. Turn the tube halfway inside. You can help yourself with a pin to pull the fabric through.

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  5. Match the raw ends and sew together

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  6. Pull slightly the fabric inside and sew the gap lengthwise (see the line sewn with the white thread on the picture)

    diy scrunchie

  7. Pull the whole fabric right side out through the 4cm hole in the seam

    how to sew a scrunchie step-by-step

  8. Cut the elastic - approximately 17 to 22cm (6.5 x 8.5 inches) depending whether you would like your scrunchie tighter or not.

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  9. Thread it inside the scrunchie with an attached safety pin
  10. Sew the elastic together with a zig-zag stitch

    scrunchie with elastic

  11. Hand-sew the hole with a blind stitch, or in other words the invisible stitch

    handsew a scrunchie

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 ;)

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