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How to Make a Scrunchie 3 Different Ways

I never imagined I would be writing a post on how to make a scrunchie yet here I am:)

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3 Different Ways to Make a Scrunchie

I can remember clear as day, making my own scrunchies over twenty-five years ago! I can hardly believe it when I think about it. Has it really been that long? And yet, these days, it’s my daughter that is obsessed with scrunchies!

Although she tends to wear them on her wrist more than in her hair, I think I’ll have to teach her how to make her own scrunchies so this DIY can pass on to the next generation:)

hot to make a scrunchie

One of the best parts of making scrunchies, is choosing the fabrics to use. If you have leftover fabrics from other sewing projects or want to upcycle old clothes, scrunchies are the perfect DIY. I still have some leftover pink silk floral print fabric from this DIY heart garland and heart wreath that would look amazing as a scrunchie! Fabric that is lightweight and “drape-y” (meaning not stiff) work the best so try to stick to those for best results. Fabrics like soft velour, thin flannel and light cotton in either a knitted or woven construction.

For other DIY sewing projects using scrap fabrics, check out this checkered denim picnic blanket; simple lavender sachet and these no-sew scrap fabric pumpkins.

1. Making a scrunchie with a flat elastic

This is my favourite option for making a scrunchie. The sewing is simple, quick and straightforward. If you don’t have a flat elastic, you can purchase them at any dollar store OR to use a hair tie (or rubber band) instead, see method #2 for how to make a scrunchie with a hair tie.

Materials needed

supplies needed to make a scrunchie with a hair tie or rubber band

How to make a scrunchie with a flat elastic

Cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long. These measurements are meant as a guide, you can easily adjust the length and width to experiment with different sized scrunchies.

cut scrap fabric

Tip #1: Always cut fabric along the grainline unless otherwise specified in the instructions.

Next, fold the fabric in half widthwise with RIGHT sides together. Using a sewing machine set to single needle stitch, sew along the cut edge with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Start sewing 1” from the end and continue until you’re 1” from the end. Reinforce your stitches at the start and end with back stitching.

Turn the piece RIGHT side out.

turn sewn scrunchie inside out

Match the short ends with RIGHT sides of the fabric together. Sew the ends together with a ¼” seam allowance. This will complete the scrunchie piece leaving about an 1 1/2″ opening for the elastic to be inserted.

Cut flat elastic to 8” long.

cut flat elastic

Secure a safety pin to one end of the cut flat elastic. Guide the safety pin into the unstitching opening and pull it through until the exits out the other end. Take care to hold on to the other end of the elastic.

guide elastic through sewn scrunchie

Tip #2: If your elastic feels too flimsy and weak, you can simply double up on the flat elastic.

use two flat elastics if one too flimsy

Knot the ends together as shown.

knot the elastic ends together

Extend the scrunchie forcing the elastic inside. Using a sewing machine, sew the opening closed along the folded edges.

sew the hole closed

2. Making a Scrunchie with a Hair Tie

If you have extra hair ties lying around, this is a great way to use them up. Tip #3: Make sure you’re using a good quality elastic! The last thing you want is the elastic to break when the scrunchie is being used.

Materials needed

  • Elastic rubber band OR hair elastic (good quality, not easy to break)
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and matching thread color
  • Measuring tape or ruler
supplies needed to make a scrunchie with a hair tie or rubber band

How to make a scrunchie with a hair tie

Cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long. As mentioned above, this is just a guideline, you can adjust the measurements if you like.

Fold the fabric in half widthwise with RIGHT sides together through the elastic band as shown.

Using a sewing machine set to single needle stitch, sew along the cut edge with a 1/4” seam allowance, sandwiching the elastic band inside.

Start sewing 1” from the end and continue until you’re 1” from the end. Remember to do a back stitch at the start and end of your stitch line.

joining the ends fo a scrunchie

Turn the fabric RIGHT side out, with elastic encased inside.

sewing a scrunchie

Match the short ends with RIGHT sides of the fabric together. Sew the ends together with a ¼” seam allowance making sure to keep the elastic band away from the sewing needle.

Tuck the seam allowance inside and scrunchie will be formed.
To finish, fold the ends of the 1.5” gap inside and sew the hole closed along the edge.

finishing a scrunchie

3. Making a No Sew Scrunchie

This option is a good one for any non-sewers out there. Obviously, as a sewer I prefer the previous 2 ways BUT if sewing is not for you, using fabric glue will do the trick! The down side is the glued edges will feel stiffer than if sewed but not terribly if you don’t over do it on the amount of glue.

Materials needed

supplies for making a no sew scrunchie

How to make a scrunchie no sew

Same as the other two options, cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long.

making a no sew scrunchie

Fold the cut ends along the length by ¼” towards the wrong side. Press in place using a hot iron. Repeat along both sides.

ironing the cut edges

Apply a thin bead of glue along the folded edge, working small sections at a time.

making a scrunchie with glue

Fold the piece in half widthwise pressing the folded edges together where glued.

makes a scrunchie with no sew

Continue along the entire length of the piece. Allow the glue to cool and set before proceeding.

Cut the flat elastic to 8” long.

cutting elastic for no sew scrunchie

Secure a safety pin to one end of the cut flat elastic.

no sew scrunchie

Guide the safety pin into one end and pull it through until the exits out the other end. Take care to hold on to the other end of the elastic.

Knot the ends together as shown.

knotting the elastic for making a no sew scrunchie

Overlap one end with the other end forming a complete circle. Turn the cut edges under and glue in place. Allow the glue to cool and set before using.

glueing a scrunchie

And there you have it, 3 different ways to sew a scrunchie! Which method are you going to try?

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Scrunchie with a Flat Elastic

Jane and Sonja
Learn to make a scrunchie with this simple, quick and straightforward tutorial
5 from 2 votes

Materials
  

  • Flat elastic band ¼” wide
  • Safety Pin
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and matching thread color
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Instructions
 

  • Cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long.
  • Next, fold the fabric in half width wise with RIGHT sides together. Using a sewing machine set to single needle stitch, sew along the cut edge with a 1/4” seam allowance.
  • Start sewing 1” from the end and continue until you’re 1” from the end. Reinforce your stitches at the start and end with back stitching.
  • Turn the piece RIGHT side out.
  • Match the short ends with RIGHT sides of the fabric together. Sew the ends together with a ¼” seam allowance. This will complete the scrunchie piece leaving about an 1 1/2" opening for the elastic to be inserted.
  • Cut flat elastic to 8” long.
  • Secure a safety pin to one end of the cut flat elastic. Guide the safety pin into the unstitching opening and pull it through until the exits out the other end.
  • Knot the ends together.
  • Extend the scrunchie forcing the elastic inside. Using a sewing machine, sew the opening closed along the folded edges.
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Scrunchie with a Hair Tie

Jane and Sonja
If you have extra hair ties lying around use them to create a scrunchie.
4.8 from 4 votes

Materials
  

  • Elastic rubber band OR hair elastic good quality, not easy to break
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and matching thread color
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Instructions
 

  • Cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long.
  • Fold the fabric in half width wise with RIGHT sides together through the elastic band.
  • Using a sewing machine set to single needle stitch, sew along the cut edge with a 1/4” seam allowance, sandwiching the elastic band inside.
  • Start sewing 1” from the end and continue until you’re 1” from the end.
  • Turn the fabric RIGHT side out, with elastic encased inside.
  • Match the short ends with RIGHT sides of the fabric together. Sew the ends together with a ¼” seam allowance making sure to keep the elastic band away from the sewing needle.
  • Tuck the seam allowance inside and scrunchie will be formed.
  • To finish, fold the ends of the 1.5” gap inside and sew the hole closed along the edge.
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No Sew Scrunchie

Jane and Sonja
If sewing is not for you learn to make this no-sew scrunchie.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Flat elastic band ¼” wide
  • Safety Pin
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hot Glue Gun with clear glue sticks OR fabric adhesive
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Instructions
 

  • Cut your scrap fabric to measure 4” wide by 18” long
  • Fold the cut ends along the length by ¼” towards the wrong side. Press in place using a hot iron. Repeat along both sides.
  • Apply a thin bead of glue along the folded edge, working small sections at a time.
  • Fold the piece in half width wise pressing the folded edges together where glued.
  • Continue along the entire length of the piece.
  • Cut the flat elastic to 8” long.
  • Secure a safety pin to one end of the cut flat elastic.
  • Guide the safety pin into one end and pull it through until the exits out the other end.
  • Knot the ends together.
  • Overlap one end with the other end forming a complete circle. Turn the cut edges under and glue in place.
Like this craft? Leave some stars!& mention @SustainMyCraftHabit or tag #sustainmycrafthabit on Instagram!
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