Got scrunchies? These handy fabric hair bands are so easy to make with fabric scraps and just a few minutes’ time! My scrunchie pattern and tutorial will help you learn how to make a DIY scrunchie out of any fabric you like: velvet, satin, cotton, minky and more. Continue reading to learn how to sew a scrunchie with my easy method that is perfect even for sewing beginners.
DIY Scrunchie Supplies
- 3.5 x 21″ fabric strip
- 1/4″ elastic trimmed to 7-8″
- Coordinating thread
Tools for this Scrunchie Pattern
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing shears
- Thread snips
- Seam gauge
- Frixion highlighter (or washable ink marker)
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Scrunchie Pattern Instructions
Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Press. Pin along the long raw edges.
Use the Frixion highlighter (I love these because the ink disappears when it is exposed to the heat of an iron, and they mark wonderfully on light and dark fabrics) and a seam gauge to make a small mark 1 1/2″ from each of the top left and right corners of the pinned piece.
Starting at the mark on the left-hand side, stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance along the pinned edge of the fabric piece, stopping at the mark on the opposite side.
Secure a large safety pin through one open end of the piece, and use it to turn the tube right-side out.
Fold the tube in half and carefully align the open top and bottom edges.
Pin these edges together and then stitch them with a 1/4″ seam allowance to secure, as seen below. This will form your fabric tube into a ring with a 3″ opening along the outside edge.
Secure the safety pin through one end of the elastic piece. Thread the elastic through the open seam and all the way around the fabric ring. Remove the safety pin and overlap the raw ends of the elastic, stitching them together securely either by hand or with a machine.
Pinch the opening of the project closed so that the side seams are aligned, as shown. Pin the opening shut. Edge stitch 1/8″ from the edge of the opening to close.
Or, for an invisible seam, use my easy Ladder Stitch Tutorial to hand stitch the opening shut.
In no time at all, you can use this handy scrunchie pattern to make a new DIY scrunchie to match every outfit!
I love how these scrunchies can be made with small pieces of fabric, making them a perfect scrap-busting sewing project. They are so pretty made out of velvet, satin, cotton, plush fabrics, and so much more!
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.