It’s official, the scrunchie is back! Scruncies are everywhere, bigger and better than ever, just take a look on Instagram. Not only are you seeing them with all sorts of hair styles, but teens are wearing them on their wrists as well. While you can pick them up just about anywhere, today, since we love to DIY, we are going to show you How to Make Scrunchies.
Summer Activity for Kids
We’ve been looking for ideas to keep the kiddos busy with fun activities this summer. School officially ended last Friday and with home schooling for the past 2 months, we NEEDED a plan to keep them busy for the summer months.
So, what better time than to do a little crafting with Little Miss? She loves to sew and has already made a skirt and pajama bottoms, so why not introduce her to How To Sew a Scrunchie. It’s also a great way to create custom scrunchies to match her outfits as well.
Little Miss was so excited to learn how to make a scrunchie, once she made one, she wanted to make one for each of her friends! I can’t think of a better way for her to let her friends know that they are loved and cared about, than making them a handmade personalized gift. Even at just 8 years old, she quickly learned How to Make a Scrunchie!
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Supplies Needed to Make a Scrunchie
Step 1: Cut Fabric
For all of our scrunchies we pulled out our supply of scrap fabric.
For each scrunchie you will cut the fabric to 4″ x 20″ or 4″ x 22″. We like the slightly larger fabric for thicker hair.
We also made a couple with the fabric cut a bit wider, it’s pretty flexible.
Once the fabric is cut to the desired size, fold in half right sides together. Then place a few pins to keep it secure while sewing.
Step 2: Stitch
Begin stitching at one end, forming a tube. Make sure to backstitch to secure at the beginning and end.
Doesn’t Little Miss look confident in her sewing skills?!
Step 3: Turn Fabric & Insert Elastic
Once the tube is sewn, turn the fabric right sides out. You can use a large safety pin for this or a bodkin. We have a homemade version made with an alligator clip and a cable.
We used these while making feminine hygiene kits for “Days for Girls.” This is a great organization that provides feminine hygiene kits to young girls so they can attend school in 3rd world countries.
Once the tube is turned right sides out, insert 9″ piece of 1/4″ elastic. We used our homemade bodkin to quickly pull the elastic cord through the fabric.
A large safety pin also works great for threading the elastic through as well as turning the fabric right side out.
Stitch the elastic together to secure.
Finally we just need to secure the 2 ends together. Fold over the ends of the fabric and insert one end into the other. Stitch the Scrunchie shut, backstitching at each end.
We also found it a little easier to just glue the ends together with hot glue. Fold over the ends of the fabric and insert one end into the other and glue.
Variation 1: Adding a Wired Tie
For a fun variation of the basic scrunchie, we added a wired tie. Download the pattern from the button below. Cut 2 pieces from the wired tie pattern.
Stitch all around the tie with 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave an opening for turning in the center of one side. Also angle clip the points. This will ensure a nice crisp point when turned.
Once it is turned right sides out, insert a wire through the opening.
We used an 18 gauge floral wire, cut to the length of the tie. Using pliers to fold back the point of the wire, so it will not protrude through the tie.
Place tie through the Scrunchie and tie. (Place the wired tie over the seam of the scrunchie. When it’s tied the seam will be hidden.)
Isn’t this a fun variation on the basic Scrunchie?! To download the pattern for the wired tie click on the button below.
Variation 2: Adding a Long Tie
To create a long tie, cut a piece of fabric 4″ x 20″. Fold in half and cut the 2 ends at an angle. Stitch all around using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leave an opening in the center for turning.
Angle cut the points before turning right sides out. Press with an iron. and tie to a basic Scrunchie.
Variation 3: Adding a Rosette
To make a rosette, cut a 20″ length of grosgrain ribbon. With a needle and thread create a gathering stitch the length of the ribbon along one edge.
Pull the thread to gather, form a rosette and knot off the thread.
We then secured the ends of the grosgrain ribbon with hot glue. For the center of the rosette we added a Totally Dazzled rhinestone embellishment. The rosette is secured to the Scrunchie with hot glue over the seam.
We had a few of these beautiful rhinestone embellishments left over from another project. We love the little added glam they add to a basic Scrunchie.
Little Miss LOVED this variation of the Scrunchie. She called it her Minnie Mouse Scrunchie. She loved it so much she made 4 more for her friends.
Variation 4: Scrunchie Made with Hair Tie
We have one more variation to share. With the ongoing pandemic we know from experience, that it’s difficult to find 1/4″ elastic cord right now. So we would like to share how to use a hair tie instead of elastic. Now this may look a little more challenging, but Little Miss was able to make a Scrunchie using this method as well.
Fold the fabric in half as before, but insert the hair tie and secure with a pin.
Place the top of the folded fabric on the sewing machine and secure the end with a backstitch.
Pull a little more fabric through the hair tie, align the raw edges of the fabric and stitch about 2″.
Readjust the fabric through the hair tie, align raw edges and stitch a couple of more inches.
Continue this process until you read the end of the fabric tube. Secure with a backstitch.
When you have stitched the entire fabric strip it will look like this. Turn the right side out using a safety pin. For this method it worked better with a safety pin than the bodkin.
Are you feeling inspired to make a few Scrunchies? Are you going to try it with the kiddos? Little Miss is already thinking of more fabric combinations to make additional scrunchies. In an afternoon the was able to make 10 Scrunchies.
This is a great activity to keep those little hands busy during the summer. Please let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you. If you try this with your kids or grandkids, please share your results.
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