How to Make a Scrunchie

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Do you know what’s cooler than a colorful scrunchie? Learning how to make a scrunchie all by yourself! It’s easier than you might think, only takes a few simple sewing supplies, and is a great beginner sewing project.

colorful scrunchies on a little girl's wrist

Why this project really works

These homemade hair ties are super addictive to create and you’ll want to sew them with different fabrics for yourself and all your friends. Here’s how to bring this 1990’s hair accessory into the 2020’s and make your own!

I recently visited a local boutique where they were selling scrunchies for $10 each! Once you get your basic sewing supplies for this project, you can create a ton of scrunchies for that same price. Also by making your own you can create a scrunchie to match all your favorite outfits!

little girl smiling giving peace sign with scrunchies on her wrist

Here are the craft supplies you need

supplies needed to make your own scrunchies

Psst – you can go to the bottom of this post and find a printable version of this project!

Crafting Tips

  • Scrunchies we made in this tutorial required 9-inch strips of the 1/4-inch wide elastic, so expect 4 strips per yard
  • If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand sew your scrunchies with needle and thread, but you will want to make sure to use small stitches
  • I preferred using a rotary cutter to cut my fabric, but you can use regular fabric scissors too
  • I used white thread for my project, but you can also change out thread to coordinate with your fabric.
  •  It’s recommended you iron your fabric before and during your sewing for a nice, finished look!
  • This version used cotton fabric, but you can try other fabrics as well like knit, velour, or satin.

How To Make A Scrunchie

cutting fabric with a rotary cutter

  1. On your cutting mat, use your rotary cutter or fabric scissors to cut a 22” tall by 3.5” wide fabric strip.

ironing fabric strip

  1. Fold your fabric strip lengthwise in half. Iron to create a pleat.

pins in a strip of fabric

  1. Pin strip of fabric together for sewing with dress pins.

sewing a piece of fabric on a sewing machine

  1. Sew a straight stitch 1/4” in from the edge along the length of the fabric strip.

fabric tube partially turned right side out

  1. Turn your fabric right side out. You’ll need to stick your finger through the fabric tube and pull it back fabric back through itself.

ironing a strip of fabric right side out

  1. Iron your scrunchie flat to dewrinkle fabric.

safety pin attached to elastic next to a tube of red fabric

  1. Add a safety pin to your 9” piece of elastic and guide it through your fabric tube. It helps to scrunch the fabric tightly around your index finger to help guide the elastic through. The safety pin is a helpful marker to hold onto to push the elastic.

elastic tied in a knot

  1. Once you pull the elastic through, hold it securely and tie it in a tight knot, then trim. If you let go of your elastic during this project, it will fly back through the tube and you’ll have to fish it back through, so take note!

hand holding fabric scrunching showing where to sew

  1. Tuck the ends of the tube into itself. I chose to fold my fabric over into itself about 1/4 inch to create a nice clean edge; this also keeps the fabric from having frayed edges. Line up the seam and check to make sure your scrunchie isn’t twisted before the next step.

sewing a scrunchie together on sewing machine

  1. Sew a straight stitch across your closure and backstitch to secure.

Now that you know how to make your own DIY scrunchies, you will want to make them for all your family and friends. These are also a great item to make and sell for profit at local craft fairs; we have a feeling once you start making these you’ll be hooked.

stack of homemade scrunchies laying on a table

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How to Make a Scrunchie

Follow our step by step instructions and video to learn how to make a scrunchie! Super fun beginner sewing project for kids and adults. Great for summer.

Crafting Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr

Age Group: Crafts

Project Type: Crafts

Makes: 4 scrunchies

Supplies

  • 1 yard elastic
  • 4 fat quarters fabric
  • 1 safety pin
  • 10 dress pins
  • 1 white thread

Craft tools

Instructions

  • On your cutting mat, use your rotary cutter or fabric scissors to cut a 22” tall by 3.5” wide fabric strip.

  • Fold your fabric strip lengthwise in half. Iron to create a pleat.

  • Pin strip of fabric together for sewing with dress pins.

  • Sew a straight stitch 1/4” in from the edge along the length of the fabric strip.

  • Turn your fabric right side out. You’ll need to stick your finger through the fabric tube and pull it back fabric back through itself.

  • Iron fabric to dewrinkle and create a pleat.

  • Add a safety pin to your 9” piece of elastic and guide it through your fabric tube. 

  • Once you pull the elastic through, hold it securely and tie it in a tight knot, then trim.

  • Tuck the ends of the tube into itself and line up your seam.

  • Sew a straight stitch across your closure and backstitch to secure. 

Notes

  • Scrunchies we made in this tutorial required 9 inch strips of the 1/4 inch wide elastic, so expect 4 strips per yard
  • If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand sew your scrunchies with needle and thread, but you will want to make sure to use small stitches
  • I preferred using a rotary cutter to cut my fabric, but you can use regular fabric scissors too
  •  I used white thread for my project, but you can also change out thread to coordinate with your fabric.
  • It’s recommended you iron your fabric before and during your sewing for a nice, finished look!
  •  This version used cotton fabric, but you can try other fabrics as well like knit, velour, or satin.
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