Many trends from the 90s are back in fashion, especially scrunchies! Lucky for us, scrunchies are super easy to make at home. It’s easy to start your DIY journey: use scraps of fabric from old bedding, cut off the bottom of an oversized t-shirt, or just buy a new fabric you like. Homemade scrunchies also make a great gift for birthdays, holidays, and any other occasion.
Whether you’re a beginner who just invested in a sewing machine or a pro who wants to teach kids how to sew, scrunchies make a great first project for beginners in sewing. Follow these simple instructions for our DIY scrunchie tutorial:
What you will need:
- Iron (optional)
- Fabric scissors (or rotary cutter)
- Elastic, 1/4 “thick
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Safety pin (optional)
- Prepare your material: Gather all your materials. Lay your fabric flat and iron if it is wrinkled. Using fabric scissors, cut a 4 “x 25” strip of fabric and a 6 “to 8” piece of elastic (depending on how tight you want the finished scrunchie). For an oversized scrunchie, cut your fabric wider than 4 inches!
- Secure the elastic in place: Pin the elastic to each of the shorter sides of the fabric on the wrong side (i.e. wrong side). Make sure it is centered, then sew with a 1/2 “seam allowance.
- Sew the initial tube: Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew with a 1/2 “seam allowance. For best results, press flat first and pin in place.
- Turn the scrunchie upside down: Turn the tube inside out, so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. Tip: If you pin a safety pin at one end, you can use it to guide the material to the other end.
- Create a circle with the tube: Pin the two ends of the elastic together and sew straight with a 1/2 “seam allowance, leaving an opening. (Make sure the scrunchie is not twisted before sewing.)
- Finish your favorite: Your project should look almost finished! Seal the final opening by folding up the raw edges, so that they are hidden. Sew over the pleats to create the final seam, sewing as close to the edge as possible.
Bonus tip! To add a cute tie look to your scrunchie, cut a 4 “x 10” piece of fabric, then fold it in half lengthwise and cut a 1 “piece diagonally at each end. Sew over. sides with a 1/2 “seam allowance, leaving a small opening in the front to turn it over. Turn it over and sew the final opening closed with a small seam allowance. Then tie this piece to your scrunchie.
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