If you’ve been anywhere near a middle school lately, you know that scrunchies, the staple headwear of the 90’s, are back. I wore this trend the first time around, and frankly I’m very happy to see them come back! Scrunchies are super soft, gentle on your hair, and incredibly easy to make!! I’m so excited to show you how to make these super easy DIY Scrunchies! Here’s what you’ll need.
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- Sewing machine or needle for hand sewing.
- Gel pen, chalk, or pencil for marking fabric
- Needle nose tweezers
- Fabric of your choice
- Coordinating thread
- Elastic. I recommend 1/4 inch standard or 1/2 inch fold over elastic.
- Optional: small rhinestones, tweezers, and Aleene’s Jewel it Glue
Start by marking your fabric and cutting out a rectangle that’s 3.5 inches wide by 18 inches long. Next, cut a piece of elastic to 6 inches long. I would recommend using slightly thicker elastic than I did so it’s easier to sew in a later step. Fold over elastic is perfect for scrunchies, but any kind will work! The next part is optional, but I wanted to show you how to add rhinestones to your scrunchy. The velvet and jeweled scrunchies can be way more expensive to buy than plain ones, but you can make them so easily. Start by putting a small puddle of Aleene’s Jewel-It (I swear by this glue for jeweling fabrics) on a piece of paper.
Spread out your rhinestones on your work surface. One by one, pick up the rhinestone with your tweezers, dip the back into your glue, and press it onto your fabric. Don’t worry if glue leaks out around the edges. It dries clear and the extra glue forms a pocket around the jewel to hold it in place. Make sure to leave an inch at the ends and a 1/2 inch at each side free of rhinestones. This helps prevent you sewing through a rhinestone in later steps. Also, keep in mind that the fabric will bunch together in our scrunchy, so you don’t need a lot of rhinestones to make an impact. When they’re all glued down, let them dry for an hour before we go to the next step.
If you didn’t add rhinestones, you can skip straight to this step!
Now we’re going to fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides of the fabric together. Go ahead and sew the two edges together with a 1/4 seam. Now you should have a very long fabric tube. Trim the threads, and turn the tube right side out.
Next, threat the elastic through the fabric, and sew the two ends of the elastic together, overlapping by half an inch. Check your fabric to make sure that the seam meets up on both ends, and isn’t twisted.
Take one end of the tube, and turn the edges in 1/2 inch. Slide the other end of the tube into this side, making sure it goes at least 1/2 inch in. Make sure the seams are lined up. Now you can do what I did, and stitch straight across to secure everything in place. Or, if you don’t like the idea of a visible seam through the scrunchy, you can hand sew around the edges of the tube to secure the two edges together.
Trim the threads, and you’re all done!
Now you know how to make DIY Scrunchies! You can make them in all kinds of fabric, from velvet to satin to standard quilting cotton, and dress them up with rhinestones or other embellishments. I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and thanks for learning with me today!