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Sewing up Scrunchies

Amy Jensen

Posted on May 22 2019

     I love when things from my past come back into style. I couldn't be more excited that scrunchies are back! This quick sew is perfect for using up your small long scrap pieces of fabric. 
What you will need.
  • Your choice of fabric (any fabric that wont feel rough on your head. I used cotton lycra but other great options are woven, velvet, or minky)
  • 1/4" elastic 
  • Safety pin for threading through elastic 
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting tool to cut fabric
  • Optional pins/clips 


First cut your pieces and elastic. You can use the measurements listed or click here to download a template or visit the group files section on Facebook. (you must be in the Max and Meena Facebook group)

Standard child : 3.5" x 18"

Child puffy : 4.5" x 18"

Child elastic both : 8"

Standard adult : 4.5" x 22"

Adult puffy : 5.5" x 22"

Adult elastic both : 9"

Optional tie ( you will need to cut your own curve) : 10"x6"


You may want to add more elastic if you have very thick hair. You can cut your elastic and tie the ends then try it out in your hair before you thread it through your fabric. 


Fold your fabric in half so that the right sides are together on the long edges. 


Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew along the long edge starting and ending 1.5" away from the ends on each side.


Turn your scrunchie so the the right side is now facing out. You can use a bodkin to turn your piece faster if you have one.


Unfold the short edges and line them up with right sides together. Make sure you haven't twisted your tube piece and sew along the short edge.


Now you will be able to pull your tube straight and have an opening for threading through your elastic.


Put your safety pin on one end of your elastic.


Start feeding it through the opening. I like to pin the opposite end to the opening so that I don't have to worry about dropping the end and having to re feed it through again. 


Keep pushing the elastic through by pushing the safety pin through the tube with your fingers until you get back to the opening again.


Carefully remove both pins and tie your elastic ends together.


Pull the ends of your elastic tight to make sure it is secured well and then allow your elastic to fall into the tube.


Line up the opening edges with the 1/4" seam allowance folded in so that the edges are straight.


Top stitch along the edge about 1/8" in so that your tube is now closed.


Now you have a regular scrunchie! 



Adding an optional tie. Cut the piece in the pattern or make your own using the measurements provided. If you cut your own piece you will need to cut your own curve. The folded edge will be longer.


With right sides together sew along the edge with 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a turning hole in the center edge.


Turn your tie through the turn hole and push out the corners. I use a cuticle stick to push them out. 


Top stitch your opening closed.


Tie your tie around your scrunchie over the turn hole to hide your stitches and you're done!



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