This tutorial will show you how to make a scrunchie and a DIY scrunchie in two sizes. These elastics covered in fabric are great for keeping your hair back and protecting it from damage. A matching scrunchie is a must-have for any gymnastic or dance outfit.
We will teach you how to make a scrunchie. It comes in six sizes and can be made with either a machine or hand stitch.
These are the options available in this tutorial on how to make a scrunchie:
- 6 SIZE – The smaller sizes have a shorter elastic and less fabric for a subtler effect. Larger scrunchie sizes are more traditional and feature a lot of fluffy, gathered fabric.
- How to make a scrunchie using a sewing machine
- How to make a scrunchie by hand
- No-Sew Scrunchie Instructions
- Printable Scrunchie Bow Pattern
This is a great project for beginners to learn how to sew. Scrunchies make great gifts because you can personalize them with the right fabric for your friend.
What is a SCRUNCHIE?
A fabric-covered hairband that has gathered fabric on the exterior and hidden elastic inside, is a style of scrunchie. These are great for styling your hair and adding color. They promote silky, healthy hair because they are not able to snag or tear hair.
You’ve probably seen Seinfeld or lived through the 80s/90s, and you’re familiar with what a scrunchie looks like! The scrunchie was the subject of an entire episode.
The scrunchies are back and my local newspaper had an article about them. Fashion is always back around. The scrunchie can be worn around a ponytail or bun, or at the bottom of a plait.
SUPPLIES FOR DIY HAIR SCRUNCHIE
These are the essential supplies to make a scrunchie.
- PIN – Use the safety pin to attach the elastic.
- FABRIC – Cotton is the easiest fabric to sew.
- ELASTIC – 3/4 inch (6mm) wide elastic
- HAND SEWING – Hand needle and strong thread
- MACHINE SEWING: Sewing machine, all purpose foot, thread.
- NO-SEW Fabric glue
BEST FABRIC FOR MAKING SCRUNCHIES
Making scrunchies is easy. You only need the smallest amount of fabric. For long-shaped scraps, you can search your scrap bin (yes, I know it is full).
Any type of Lycra or cotton fabric can be used. You should choose lightweight fabrics to create a gathered effect around your elastic.
Slippery fabrics such as silk and polyester tend to slip out of hair faster so choose fabrics like quilting cotton which will hold the hair slightly. Crushed Velvet is expensive and striking, but it’s a bit more difficult to sew because it tends to stretch. This can be used once you have made several from regular cotton fabric.
Consider the fact that you will only be cutting a narrow strip when looking at fabric patterns. You should look for tiny motifs like spots and flowers. Consider whether you prefer a subtle or bold hue that matches your skin tone.
Measurements to cut scrunchies
You can create your own scrunchie size formula. Add 1/2 inch to the overlap. The fabric should be cut 2.5 to 3 times as long as the elastic. Cut the fabric to your desired height plus 1/2 inch seam allowances.
Take care with elastic lengths. After making your first scrunchie, you may need to adjust the elastic lengths for the next one to make it fit your ponytail. Hair texture and thickness can vary greatly from one person to another, as you can see.
Making a wrist scrunchie: I have seen people wear their scrunchie around the wrist. You can also measure it and add 1/2″ (12mm) to make an overlap or knot. You can make it wrap twice around your wrist by multiplying the measurement and adding overlap.
HOW TO MAKE A SCRUNCHIE STEP BY STEP
This tutorial will show you how to make a scrunchie using a sewing machine as well as how to sew one by hand.
STEP 1 – FOLD OVER ONE END
Press one end of your fabric by 1/2 inch (12mm), on the Wrong side if it frays. You can skip the next step if you have Lycra scrunchies and fabric that doesn’t fray like knits.
STEP 2: STITCH ALONG YOUR LENGTH
Fold the fabric in a long, straight line with the right sides together.
With a 1/4 inch (6mm), seam allowance, stitch along the edge. Both ends should be left open.
- Machine Stitching
A small machine can be used to straighten the fabric with a length of 2.0. I used my sewing machine for the seams. You can also make a scrunchie with a hand sewing machine.
- Hand stitching
Use a running stitch or backstitch to sew the seam. Although it is the strongest hand stitch, backstitch takes a little more time. Running stitch is the most simple for absolute beginners.
Whatever hand stitch you choose, ensure that you only make small stitches to hold the elastic in place.
STEP 3: TURN THE TUB THE RIGHT WAY OUT
Turn your tube right side out. This is done by attaching the safety pin at one end and then threading it through the middle. To do this, you will need a small- to medium-sized safety pen. A large safety pin will not be able turn back.
STEP 4: PRESS
Give a good press to cotton fabrics. Lycra fabrics can be flattened a bit with your fingers. To make it invisible, the seam should be on the one side of your tube.
STEP 5: THREAD THE ELASTIC
Attach the safety pin to elastic and thread it through tube. Pin the end that is closest to the tube so that it doesn’t pull through the entire length. The elastic will hold the fabric together.
STEP 6: STITCH THE ELASTIC
Stitch the ends together by overlapping them by 1/2 inch (12mm). You can tie the ends with a knot if you’re in hurry. Make sure you pull it tight to ensure it doesn’t fall apart.
STEP 7 – THE FINAL STITCH OF ENDS
The elastic should be pulled around to hide the join. Next, feed the tube’s raw edge into the pressed edge. If you are using Lycra fabric to make your DIY scrunchie, don’t worry if it doesn’t have a finished edge. Simply insert one end of the tube into the other.
It is best to overlap it by 1/2 inch (12mm), so that the raw edge on the inside can be hidden.
- Machine Stitching
Through all layers, stitch the gap shut. Backstitch it to ensure it stays closed. This will secure the elastic by catching it in place. You won’t be able to see the stitching if you use a matching color thread as it will blend in with the fabric folds.
- Hand Stitching
You can hand stitch a slip stitch (ladder stitch) if you prefer an invisible finish. You can stitch all the way around fabric without catching the elastic. Hand stitching can be tedious, but it is a great job. Also, you can hand stitch while watching your favorite TV show.
Wow! Now you know how to make a scrunchie. It wasn’t hard! You can now make scrunchies in any color you like.