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The internet is full to the brim of scrunchie DIY tutorials and it’s easy to see why. They’re a fun little DIY project that most people will be able to do regardless of skill level and either with, or without, a sewing machine. I looked up a load of scrunchie tutorials when I was first trying to find a way to make some with hair bands rather than dressmaking elastic, and it’s interesting to look at all the different methods people use to make something so straightforward. I couldn’t find quite what I wanted so the method I’m outlining here is one I figured out for myself. I’m not a skilled machinist by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m really happy with how it turned out and how uncomplicated it was.
What You’ll Need
- Scrap fabric at least 15″ long and 5″ wide
- Elastic hair band
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
Quick Scrunchie DIY Tutorial
1. Measure out a rectangular piece of fabric between 10 and 15 inches long (depending on the size of your hair band) and anything up to about 5 inches wide. Sew the short sides together to make a big tube. In this example I’m using the middle part of a sleeve I took off a dress forever ago, sleeves are great for this as they’re already joined up in a tube so step one is done!
2. Turn the tube inside out and pull it through the middle of the elastic hair band.
3. Keeping the hair band in the middle, turn the fabric right side out and bring the long outside edges together all the way around the scrunchie. Tack very loosely in place, being sure to tuck the raw hems inside out of sight.
4. Topstitch carefully all the way around the outside edge, this can be done either on the machine or by hand but take your time as these stitches are visible. I used a matching colour but you can use a contrasting colour thread if you fancy making a statement.
It’s as simple as that. You should now be looking at your own scrunchie made up in about 15 minutes using some old fabric and an elastic hair band. Now I know just how easy it is I can’t be stopped, I’m making scrunchies that match all my clothes. I’ve found it to be a great way to use up some of my scraps and get used to my using my sewing machine again.
I hope you found this scrunchie DIY tutorial useful, but if this one doesn’t suit you then don’t let it put you off, there are plenty more out there to try! If you liked this easy tutorial, then why not check out some more of my DIY posts.