How To Make a Scrunchie
Updated: Feb 2
Scrunchies are a brilliant first project. They're quick, easy and always look great. They are a super way to use up scrap fabric and can be embellished to match any look.
Any scrap fabric will do though ideal ones include velvet and satin as these have a stunning finish however they will be harder to work with at first.
Scrap fabric (at least 40cm by 8cm)
About 15 cm of elastic
Needle and thread (any colour is fine as the stitching will be hidden)
Our top tips :
Pin the fabric in place whilst sewing to ensure that it stays in the same place while stitching, giving a nice straight stitch. You can also use tailors chalk to mark out where to stitch beforehand.
Make sure the stitches are small and close together so that no fabric comes loose when the scrunchie is stretched.
Allow a 1 cm seam allowance on the edge of the fabric, this will give a clean seam when the scrunchie is complete.
Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the scrunchie so that it doesn’t get lost. Allow the fabric to bunch up and keep hold of one end.
Follow these simple steps.
1. Cut a 40cm by 8cm of fabric and 15 cm of elastic, using the tailors chalk to mark out the measurements. Ideally use a good pair of scissors to make a clean cut.
2. Fold the fabric in half so the long sides meet, with the right sides together. You can pin the fabric along the middle to hold it in place.
3. Sew along the long edge of the scrunchie using back stitch, leaving a gap in the middle. Ideally the gap will be about 2 cm closer to one end. Stitch the fabric 1 cm in from the edge to create a seam allowance, this will give a clean finish to the scrunchie.
4. Push one short edge through the fabric tube until the short raw ends meet. Make sure the stitching stays on the outside. Then sew the short ends together using a back stitch, going around the tube and again leaving a seam allowance. Make sure that only two sides are sewn together at one time, leaving the middle free of stitches.
5. Pull the fabric through the gap in the long edge that you left in step 3. You will now be able to see the right side of the fabric and the clean edges from the stitches.
6. Attach a safety pin to an end of the elastic and thread the elastic through the fabric tube, making sure to hold the other end so that it does not get lost in the fabric. Stitch the two ends of the elastic securely together.
7. Stitch the gap in the long edge using blind stitch. This will ensure that the seams will be invisible and your scrunchie will look great.
We look forward to seeing what you create!