Scrunchies are a perfect beginner sewing project, a great way to use scraps, and a delightful DIY gift for friends. Learn to make your own scrunchies in five super simple steps.
It takes about 5 minutes to make a scrunchie, from start to finish, and the result is adorable.
I can tell you, there’s something very satisfying about this quick sew!
Scrunchies are so comfortable, versatile, and pretty, and you can have them at a tiny fraction of the cost of store-bought ones.
They are very gentle to your hair – scrunchies are less likely to cause breakage and give headaches than other hair ties, and they can take a bad hair day and turn it right away into a cute hair day.
Let me show you how easy it is to make your own adorable hair scrunchies.
DIY scrunchies – sewing supplies
Best fabric to make scrunchies
- cotton, crushed velvet, jersey knit, linen, muslin, batiste, satin, silk
Yes, you can also use fabrics like satin or silk – these scrunchies are very smooth and stylish, have a rich feel, and make you look fabulous!
That’s not all – satin scrunchies cause zero static and minimize dents in the hair compared to cotton scrunchies and other hair ties.
I too thought at first the slippery fabric makes it slide out of hair more easily, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the satin scrunchie stays in all day long!
Related: How to make DIY ruffled scrunchies
How much fabric is needed for a scrunchie?
There’s no right or wrong answer here. To make a scrunchie you need a long strip of fabric – if you want a fuller scrunchie (more gathered), make the rectangle longer. For a wider scrunchie, just make the rectangle wider.
Length – anything from 15 to 25 inches
Width – anything from 3 to 6 inches
How to make scrunchies in 5 easy steps
Cut a long strip of fabric, fold it lenghtwise, right sides together, and pin.
Sew the long edge so that you create a tube, and leave a 1-inch gap near both ends. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the tube right side out using a safety pin. Match the short raw edges, right sides together, pin and sew them.
Use a safety pin to feed the elastic through the tube, then sew together the ends of the elastic. You could use a zig-zag stitch, but I warn you this is quite tricky, given the elastic is so narrow – you could easily release it and have to do it again. Or, you can sew the elastic ends by hand – nice and easy!
Fold the unfinished edges under and stitch the opening to close up your tube.
Puff and fluff your cute scrunchie – and you’re done!
So easy and fun! Enjoy your scrunchie!