Easy Sewing Tutorial: How to DIY a Scrunchie in 3 Different Sizes

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by BG Patterns
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Today, I'm going to show you how to sew a scrunchie using 3 different methods and in 3 sizes.

I made an optional pattern for these, but you can easily make DIY hair scrunchies without one.

I used a woven material to make my purple scrunchies and any light to medium-weight fabric would work just as well.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • Matching thread
  • Digital pattern (optional) 
  • Loop turner
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the fabric

1. Cut the fabric

Cut three strips of fabric:

  • 2.5 inches by 30 inches for the mini scrunchie
  • 4.5 inches by 40 inches for the medium size
  • 6 inches by 60 inches for the big scrunchie
Folded and pinned fabric

2. Mini scrunchie, method one

Small scrunchies are easy to make with this first method. 

Fold the fabric in half lengthways with right sides together and pin.

Taking a half-inch seam allowance, stitch the long edge and trim off the excess fabric.

Inserting elastic

3. Insert elastic

Use a loop turner or safety pin to turn the scrunchie right side out.

Inserting elastic

Cut a 9.5 inch length of elastic and pin one end to the fabric to secure it. Use a safety pin or the loop turner to feed the elastic through the scrunchie.

Closing the ends

4. Close the ends

Knot or stitch the ends of the elastic together.

Tuck one of the open ends of the fabric into the other and hand stitch them together.

DIY small scrunchie

DIY small scrunchie

5. Finished mini scrunchie

It's the perfect size to hold a small bun.

Folded and pinned fabric

6. Medium scrunchie, method two

The second method starts like the first - fold the fabric lengthways with right sides facing and pin.

However, when you stitch it, leave a 2 inch section open starting about 3 inches from one end. Mark this section with pins at 90 degrees to the fabric so you can skip over them when you sew.

Stitch the long edge, taking a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Preparing the casing

7. Prepare casing

Use a loop turner to turn the fabric right side out.

Preparing the casing

Push the short edge nearest the unstitched opening back into the opening, to turn the end section only inside out. 

Preparing the casing

Tuck the other end into the opening, lining up the seams, and pull it through so the ends match.

Hand or machine stitch around the edges, leaving the end open. 

Preparing the casing

Pull the sewn ends back through the opening.

Inserting the elastic

8. Insert elastic

Pin one edge of the elastic to the fabric to secure it.

Attach a safety pin to the other end, push the pin through the opening and feed the elastic through the casing.

Inserting the elastic

Knot or stitch the ends of the elastic together.

Machine stitch the opening closed on the right side, folding the seam allowance to the inside as you go.

Medium scrunchie DIY

Medium scrunchie DIY

9. Finished medium-sized scrunchie

It holds my hair really well.

Trimming excess fabric

10. XXL sized scrunchie, method three

Pin and sew the short edges together, right sides facing, taking a half inch seam allowance. Trim off the excess fabric.

Burrito folding fabric

11. Burrito fold

Fold the fabric in half widthways with right sides together and the seam in the center. 

See the video at 8:45 for exactly how to make the burrito fold.

Pulling inside folds to the outside

12. Sew the scrunchie

Stitch the raw edges together, leaving 2 to 3 inches unsewn near one end.

Pull the inside folds to the outside through the opening, so the scrunchie is right side out.


13. Insert elastic

Use a safety pin to push the elastic through the opening as before, and knot or stitch the ends together.

Sew the opening closed on the right side, tucking in the seam allowance and stitching close to the seam.

DIY big scrunchie

DIY big scrunchie

14. Finished big scrunchie

How great does this huge scrunchie look? I love it.

How to sew a scrunchie

Three very different methods and all of them are suitable for beginners. You could even start a DIY scrunchies business, they're so quick and easy to make.

Which is your favorite method? Let me know in the comments.

For more sewing content, check out my posts on How to Make a Ruffle Tote Bag and 4 Comprehensive Steps to Sewing a Fun and Flirty Red Pleated Skirt.

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • Matching thread
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