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How to make the very best scrunchies (5 easy steps)

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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!

How to make the very best scrunchies

Scrunchies are so comfortable, versatile, and pretty, and you can have them at a tiny fraction of the cost of store-bought ones.

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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!

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

Step 1

Cut a long strip of fabric, fold it lenghtwise, right sides together, and pin.

DIY scrunchie, pins, magnetic pin cushion

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Turn the tube right side out using a safety pin. Match the short raw edges, right sides together, pin and sew them.

Step 4

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!

DIY scrunchie

Step 5

Fold the unfinished edges under and stitch the opening to close up your tube.

DIY scrunchie

Puff and fluff your cute scrunchie – and you’re done!

how to make scrunchies tutorial

That’s all!
So easy and fun! Enjoy your scrunchie!

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