Create DIY Hair Scrunchies to Match Every Outfit

Sewphilia Studio
by Sewphilia Studio
6 Materials
30 Minutes

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!

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine
How to sew hair scrunchies

Cut the fabric 

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. 

Cut the elastic

I also measured and cut the elastic pieces I would need to make the scrunchies. 

DIY scrunchies

Sew the strips 

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. 

Turn right side out

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. 

How to make hair scrunchies

I went back to my sewing machine and sewed the circular opening closed leaving a small space to thread the elastic through. 

Use a safety pin

Add the elastic 

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. 

DIY scrunchie with hair elastic

I pinned the other end of the elastic band to the scrunchie so that it wouldn’t enter the loop. 

Sew the ends

Once the elastic was all the way through, I joined both ends together by sewing several times with a straight stitch. 

Close the gap

Next, I folded in the seam allowance and sewed closed the small gap I had left for the elastic.

Make the bow

Make a strip for the bow

Next, I want to show you how I made the bow for the scrunchie. First, I sewed the two shorter strips together. 

Easy hair scrunchie pattern

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. 

Turn right side out

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. 

Add a tie

Add a tie

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. 

Tie a bow

Add a bow 

For the bow, I looped the strip over my scrunchie and then tied the bow, adjusting as I tied. 

Hair scrunchie tutorial

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! 

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
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