YC has really taken an interest in sewing.   I started her off with the sewing machine to make morsbags, and now we have moved on to how to make scrunchies. Scrunchies are, apparently, making a huge comeback. I never realised that they ever went out of fashion, and have been wearing them since my gymnastic competing days back in the early 90s. Regardless, they are a fantastic beginner-sewing project.

Make sure you follow my sewing board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later. 

To make your own scrunchies you will need:

  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pins
  • Material
  • Tape measure
  • Elastic

You do not have to make these using a sewing machine. It is quicker, but they can be sewn by hand. Just remember to do a backstitch.

how to sew scrunchies

Start by cutting out your length of material. This would be another great way to upcycle old t-shirts/vest/jumpers etc.   You need the material to be, roughly, 45cm by 12cms.

how to sew scrunchies

Have the fabric lying with the wrong side up, and fold over a seam on the two short sides. Pin these down. You can either do a backstitch along here or use the sewing machine. Cut any left over thread when you are done.

how to sew scrunchies

Fold over the fabric, lengthwise, so that it is right side to right side. In other words you need the pattern to be on the inside. We will sew this inside out and then turn it right way round. Pin it into place and sew together.

Turn tube of fabric the right way around, just like an inside out sock.

Next get your elastic and measure out about 12cms. You need enough so that you can comfortably tie it around your hair, with a little bit extra for tying it together.

how to sew scrunchies

At each end of the elastic pin a safety pin. Next thread it through your scrunchie. Tie the ends of the elastic together securely. Don’t forget to remove the safety pins.

Before sewing the ends together, make sure that the fabric lies neatly. You wont want twisted fabric.

Tuck one end of the scrunchie into the other end so that they over lap. Sew these together. Again either using the sewing machine or a backstitch if doing it by hand.

Once you get the hang of it, they really don’t take long to make. YC was able to make them in about 15 minutes.

If you enjoyed learning how to make a scrunchie be sure to check out my mini hand warmers and teddy bears.

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Learn how to sew scrunchies - a perfect beginner sewer project.