How to Make a Scrunchie in 4 Quick and Easy Steps

Enitan Agbabiaka
by Enitan Agbabiaka
6 Materials
20 Minutes

Do you like to wear scrunchies on your wrist as well as in your hair? Me too!

So I’m going to show you how to make a scrunchie. This way, you can have a scrunchie or two to match every outfit if you want.

You don’t even need a sewing machine for this, you could hand sew one in not much more time.

Tools and materials:

  • Scrap fabric
  • Narrow elastic
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle and thread
Scrunchie sewing pattern

1. Cut the fabric

You need a strip of fabric 22 inches long by 3.5 to 4 inches deep. 

Measuring fabric

I usually make mine from folded fabric, so I measure 11 inches on the fold. Work with whatever fabric you have.

Measure and cut the strip and lay it out flat.

Sewing casing

2. Sew the casing

Fold the strip in half lengthways with the right sides together and pin the long edge.

Sewing casing

Turn one of the short ends to the wrong side by half an inch and pin it.

Sew the long edge.

Adding elastic

3. Add elastic

Use a safety pin to turn the tube right side out.

Press it flat with the seam in the middle of one side.

Adding elastic

Cut a piece of elastic 9 inches long.

Use the safety pin again to thread one end of the elastic through the tube. Keep hold of the other end.

Adding elastic

Remove the safety pin. Knot the ends of the elastic together and pull the knot tight. 

Trimming excess elastic

Trim off the excess elastic.

Finishing DIY scrunchie

4. Finishing off

Distribute the fabric evenly around the elastic.

Finishing DIY scrunchie

To complete the circle, insert the raw edge of the tube inside the folded edge.

Push it well inside and hand or machine sew the seam closed.

DIY scrunchies

DIY scrunchies

DIY scrunchies

And that’s really all there is to it! You can make them in almost any fabric, and adjust the size based on how thick your hair is.

Now you know how to make a scrunchie, how many of them are you going to make?

I’d love to know and to see what you make. Please drop me a comment below - I read them all.

Next, check out my Easy DIY Fanny Pack Pattern Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Scrap fabric
  • Narrow elastic
  • Scissors
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