How to Sew a Scrunchie: 3 Cute and Easy Scrunchie Ideas
Scrunchies are a great way to add style and color to your hair, and they’re easy and fun to make.
I’m going to show you how to sew a scrunchie from whatever fabric you have available.
Tools and materials:
1. Basic scrunchie
You will need a strip of fabric 32 inches (82 cm) long by 4.7 inches (12 cm) deep and a piece of narrow elastic 8 inches (20 cm) long.
Fold the fabric widthways with the right sides facing and sew the short edges together.
Place the circle of fabric flat with the wrong side uppermost and the seam on top.
Pick up the bottom edge of the top layer and fold it up towards the center. Fold the top edge of the same layer down over it.
Holding those two edges in place with one hand, lift the top and bottom edges of the lower layer up over them and align the raw edges with the right sides facing.
Pin and sew the raw edges of the outer layer together, being careful not to catch the inner layer in your stitching.
When you've sewn as far as you can, start to slowly pull the fabric out from the inside.
Continue sewing the raw edges together and pulling out more of the inner layer until you’ve sewn almost completely around the entire circle.
Leave a small opening of 1.2 inches (3 cm) at the end.
Turn the tube of fabric right side out through the opening.
Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the tube. Overlap the ends and sew them together.
Sew the opening closed.
2. XXL scrunchie
Cut your fabric and elastic to the same size as the basic scrunchie.
Fold it lengthways with the right sides facing and sew the long edges together.
Turn the scrunchie right side out.
Thread the elastic through the tube and sew or knot the ends together.
Turn in one of the short ends and tuck the other end inside it.
Hand or machine stitch the seam.
3. Ruffle scrunchie
This style looks especially pretty in a transparent fabric.
Cut your fabric to the same size as before.
Fold it lengthways with the right sides together and match the raw edges. Press it flat.
Turn the folded edge up by 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) and press it.
Open the fabric out and form the fold into a pleat.
Pin it along the center and sew along the top and bottom edges of the pleat, creating a casing in between them.
Cut a piece of round elastic cord to 8 inches (20 cm) in length.
Use a safety pin to feed it through the casing and pin the two ends in place.
Fold the scrunchie in half widthways with the wrong sides together and sew the seam.
Trim the excess seam allowance close to the sewing line.
Turn the scrunchie inside out. Press the seam flat and sew it again from the wrong side, to create a French seam.
Turn the scrunchie right side out. Make a narrow double hem on the long edges.
How to sew a scrunchie,
I recommend using silk, satin, cotton, linen, crepe, poly cotton, chiffon, or organza fabric, depending on the effect you want. You can also mix and match different fabrics to create your own unique scrunchies.
You can even make your scrunchies without a sewing machine, as there is so little sewing involved. So have fun and make several of them!
If you find this helpful, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Next, check out my Easy Waistcoat Sewing Pattern Tutorial.
- Free basic scrunchie pattern
- Free XXL scrunchie pattern
- Free ruffle scrunchie pattern
- Paper for pattern
- Small pieces of fabric
- Narrow flat elastic
- Round cord elastic
- Safety pin
- Hand sewing needle and thread (optional)
- Sewing machine (optional)
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