Tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
I hate waste! I decided that I needed to do a scrap busting project because I had a lot of scrap fabric sitting around. The perfect idea eventually came to me! I decided to use all my scrap Ankara fabric to sew the most beautiful, vibrant hair scrunchies. I couldn’t wait to get started!
I knew that using scrap fabric meant that I wouldn’t be able to cut all my fabric pieces with the same dimensions. If you are also using scraps, don’t stress! Your scrunchies will turn out beautifully! I tried to keep my fabric between 23 to 30 inches long and between 4 to 6 inches wide. I also cut out 2 short pieces that I would later join together to make into a bow for the scrunchie.
I also measured and cut the elastic pieces I would need to make the scrunchies.
The first thing I did was stitch along the long sides of the two strips that were facing right sides together. This particular scrunchie was 6 inches wide and 9 inches long.
I then turned the fabric right side out. I matched up the two ends of the fabric tube and pinned the sides that were directly touching each other, together.
I went back to my sewing machine and sewed the circular opening closed leaving a small space to thread the elastic through.
Next, I attached a safety pin to one end of the elastic band and started to thread it through the small gap I had left in the scrunchie.
I pinned the other end of the elastic band to the scrunchie so that it wouldn’t enter the loop.
Once the elastic was all the way through, I joined both ends together by sewing several times with a straight stitch.
Next, I folded in the seam allowance and sewed closed the small gap I had left for the elastic.
Next, I want to show you how I made the bow for the scrunchie. First, I sewed the two shorter strips together.
I folded the fabric right sides together, lengthwise, and cut the ends off at a slant. I then sewed all the sides closed but I left a 2-inch gap so that I could turn the fabric out later.
I used a loop turner to turn the fabric right side out through the gap I had left. I then sewed that small gap closed. All that I had left to do was press the strip and attach it as a bow to my scrunchie.
I have a shorter strip to show how I made the tie. I looped the strip around my scrunchie and tied a knot. It won’t come off but if you prefer you can use a needle and thread to attach it.
For the bow, I looped the strip over my scrunchie and then tied the bow, adjusting as I tied.
I love that I have so many different Ankara scrunchies to add to my hair accessory collection! Let me know what you think about this scrap busting scrunchie project in the comments!
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