If you're looking for a quick fix and instant gratification sewing project, scrunchies are perfect. All you need is a small amount of fabric and an elastic band. You can make several favorites in an hour! Both of my kids loved this project and declared them “the most perfect darlings ever.” So come on, let’s sew some scrunchies!
14″ scrap of fabric, woven or knitted (see note below)
Safety pin or other tool to help pass the elastic through the tube
A word on the choice of fabric: I made scrunchies with knitted or woven fabrics. It is important to choose a fabric that has some grip. Too slippery, it will not hold the hair properly. Too coarse, the hair will be pulled or tangled. My two examples are made from a polyester velvet knit and a rayon ribbed knit.
Make the darling
Cut a 14″ x 5″ piece of fabric. This will give you a ½” seam allowance. Cut a piece of ¼” elastic to a length of 6″.
Fold a short edge of your fabric to the wrong side ½” and iron. Topstitch it ¼” from the fold.
Fold your fabric, right sides together, matching the long edges. Sew along the long edge with a ½” seam allowance. If you are using a woven fabric, finish your seam allowances. Turn your tube right side out.
These measurements are for a child's favorite. If you want an adult sized scrunchie, start with an 18″ x 5″ piece of fabric and use ⅜” elastic. Follow the instructions as written.
Attach the elastic to a safety pin to make feeding into the tube easier. Insert your elastic into the tube, don't lose track of your ends. Overlap the ends by ½” and sew them together. You will need to push the fabric back to be able to sew the elastic. I found that my girls were able to do this tricky step as long as you placed the ends under the foot. doe for them.
Overlap the ends of the elastic by ½” and sew them together. You will need to push the fabric back to be able to sew the elastic. I found that my girls were able to do this tricky step as long as you placed the ends under the crowbar for them.
Finally, insert the raw edge of your scrunchie inside the folded edge you sewed in the first step. Sew the fold again, catching the raw edge on the inside.
Use the scrunchie to keep your hair up and show off in front of your friends!
More scrunchies to sew
Check out these pretty hair accessories that you can make in your sewing workshop!