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How To Make A Scrunchie


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Scrunchies are all the rage and you won’t believe how easy they are to make! Learn how to make a scrunchie in just a few minutes that are exactly like what you would buy in the store!

I love doing fun DIY crafts with my kids.  Some of our other favorite things to make are Glitter Slime, Ribbon Wands and this adorable Rapunzel Wig.

the DIY hair scrunchies stacked on top of each other on a small stand with two more scrunchies lying next to the stand on a counter

Easy DIY Scrunchies

Growing up, I absolutely loved hair scrunchies!  I had one in every possible color and pattern so that I could wear one with every outfit I had.  I’m sure my parents didn’t want to go broke buying every one I thought I needed, so my mom would teach me how to make scrunchies, headbands, hair bows (I’m looking at you plastic bows with small objects inside), but when the trend faded out, I moved on, never to look back.

Or so I thought.  I never imagined that in a million years scrunchies would be back in fashion and that I would be teaching my daughter the same things my mom taught all those years ago!  They are super easy to make and can be done in just a few minutes.  With scrunchies as popular as they are right now, you could easily make a bunch of these and sell them to help earn money for summer camp or other fun activities.

a white and grey striped scrunchie being worn in a pony tail by a young girl

Scrunchie Supplies

  • Fabric strips cut to 3.5 x 22 inches
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Chalk or colored pencil (to mark your fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Thin elastic, 7-9 inches long (see tip below)
  • Matching thread
  • Safety pins
  • Drinking straw
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Iron

a brown, white and grey scrunchie stacked on top of each other

How To Make A Scrunchie In Minutes

  1. Measure your fabric using a measuring tape and marking with chalk. Cut it out.
  2. Measure and cut your elastic. Set aside
  3. Lay your fabric flat, then fold over one of the short ends of the fabric, approx. 1/4 of an inch, and sew a straight line along the edge. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Sew a straight line down the long side.
  5. Now you have a tube of fabric that is inside out. To flip your fabric, slide a straw inside the tube, then secure it to one of the ends with a safety pin. Push the safety pin end of the straw into the hole of the fabric, then pull through.
  6. Once flipped, detach your straw and iron your fabric strip flat.
  7. Attach 2 safety pins to the end of your elastic (one on each side) and pin one of them to one of the short ends of your fabric.
  8. Then thread the other safety pin through the fabric hole until it comes out the other side. Now you have a tube of fabric with elastic inside, coming out of both ends.
  9. Carefully unpin the elastic from the fabric and tie the two ends of the elastic together in a knot.
  10. Remove the safety pins from the elastic, and then tuck one fabric end into the other.
  11.  Carefully sew the ends together with a straight stitch along the fabric edge that shows.
  12. Cut off all your long threads, and you’re done!!.

It may seem like a lot of steps, but they don’t take much time at all! Once you get the hang of it, you will be a scrunchie PRO, knocking them out in less than 10 min each!  If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a quick video that will walk you through each step.

Best Fabric To Use – We recommend using a linen-like cotton fabric for beginners. A knit will be more difficult because of the stretching that happens. But once you master How To Make A Scrunchie, you can totally get creative with the different fabrics! We made a faux leather one and it’s seriously my favorite! Just make sure you have the correct sewing needle in your machine to handle it. And go SLOW. So worth it.

Measuring The Elastic – To measure the correct length of your elastic and I’ve the best way is to wrap it around your wrist.

Use The Right Straw – Paper straws or the thicker plastic ones work the best.  The bendy straws don’t work great but would work in a pinch.

Can I Make These Without A Sewing Machine – Yes, if you don’t have a sewing machine or just prefer to use a sewing needle, these scrunchies can totally be made by hand stitching them!

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Leave us a comment below and let us know how it went.  Or tag us on social media when you make them, because we would love to see the adorable scrunchies you make!

Five different colored DIY scrunchies on a counter with a plant in the background

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