How to Sew DIY Hair Scrunchies by Hand

Nutty Crafter
by Nutty Crafter
5 Materials
15 Minutes

Have you always wanted to do a fashion DIY project but aren’t sure where exactly to begin? This DIY scrunchie tutorial is a great project to get you started. It’s quick, straightforward, and easy to make. If you’re a beginner at sewing, this project is also a great way to practice your sewing skills. In this tutorial, I’ll talk you through the steps involved.

Tools and materials:

  • Piece of fabric (you’ll need to cut a 50x10cm [20x4 inch] rectangular piece). You can either buy a new piece or alternatively take a piece from an old item of clothing for a great upcycled look.
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Elastic (25cm - 10 inch)
  • Needle and thread
Easy hair scrunchie pattern

Cut the fabric

Measure and cut out a 50x10cm [20x4 inch] rectangle from any fabric of your choice. Don’t worry if it’s not completely straight, as you’re going to sew the sides together so any rough edges won’t feature in the finished product.

How to make hair scrunchies


Fold the fabric in half lengthways. The good side will need to be facing inwards when you fold.


How to sew hair scrunchies

Sew the long side

Here’s where we begin to sew - you’ll need to sew along the long side using a blanket stitch. Again, don’t sweat if your stitching isn’t perfectly neat. As you’ll see with the next step, you’re going to turn the material inside-out, so the seam will be on the inside and won’t show on the finished product.

Flip inside out

Hair scrunchie tutorial

Turn it

Now you need to turn it right-side out. As you can see, the stitching is now invisible.

Sew scrunchie together

Join together

Sew the open edges together using a blanket stitch but only sew them about halfway. You’ll need to leave a small gap to be able to thread the elastic through.

DIY scrunchie with hair elastic

Prepare the elastic

This is where we add the elasticity to the scrunchie. Take a 25cm [10 inch] piece of elastic and tie a safety pin to the end.

Elastic inside hair scrunchie

Thread the elastic

Pass the safety pin and elastic all the way through the fabric (full circle) and then bring it out the other end.

Tie knot elastic hair scrunchie

Knot the elastic

Remove the safety pin and tie a knot in the elastic. Snip off any excess.

DIY scrunchies

Sew shut 

To complete the scrunchie, sew the gap closed using a ladder stitch.

Finished DIY scrunchie

There you go! A fun and funky hair tie. No need to have to buy hair scrunchies ever again now that you know how to make your own.What was the first DIY fashion project that you ever made? Share below!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
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