How to Make a Hair Scrunchie in 9 Easy Steps

DIY Hair Scrunchie

Collection of trendy velvet scrunchies on pink background
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If you’re nostalgic for the 1990s or you just need something soft to tie your hair back, then you’re in luck. It's fast and easy to make your own fabric hair scrunchie! 

They’re so inexpensive that you can practically have one to match every outfit. They’re the perfect fashionable yet functional gift, or you can wear them to the gym if you’re hoping to add a little pop to your usual workout gear.

Because they only require straight stitching, scrunchies make a great first sewing project for kids. And once they get started, kids will want to make them for all of their friends.

Tools and Supplies

Scrunchie supplies
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Gather the following materials: 

  • 1/8 yard of fabric or a fat quarter (to work with scraps, see the cutting instructions)
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Large safety pin

Note: Avoid silky, slippery fabric as it tends to slide out of the hair. If you must use this type of fabric in order to match an outfit, use another type of ponytail holder under the scrunchie to keep it from sliding.

Cut and Press the Pieces

Cut the scrunchie pieces
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Cut an 8" long piece of elastic. 

Using a rotary cutter (or fabric scissors), cut a 3" x 8" strip of fabric, then fold it in half the long way. Measure and cut from the fold to 1.5" in from the non-folded edge to form a point at each end. This becomes an optional tie on the scrunchie.

Cut a 3" x 22" strip of the matching fabric. Press each of the 3" wide ends under 1/4" with wrong sides together, to form a crease to follow later.

Sew the Main Scrunchie Tube

Sew the scrunchie tube
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Fold the fabric in half matching the 22" sides, right sides together, unfolding the 1/4" crease that you pressed. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the long edge, then turn the corner and sew one end closed with the elastic in place as shown.

As you sew your hair scrunchie, secure your stitching with backstitching or lock stitching, including across the elastic. This prevents the stitching from coming apart as the elastic pulls.

Turn the Scrunchie Right-Side-Out

Thread the elastic
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Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic. You can either hold it (the safety pin makes it easier) or attach it to a secure surface (such as an ironing board pad) as you turn the fabric right-side-out. 

If you struggle to hold the elastic, turn the tube right-side-out and then use the safety pin to guide it through the scrunchie. Push the fabric down as you go. 

Attach Elastic Ends Together

Attach the scrunchie ends
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Sew the elastic to the closed end of the scrunchie, sewing back and forth across the elastic.

Refold under the open end of the scrunchie, which you pressed earlier.

Close the Gap to Cover the Elastic

Close the gap and cover the elastic
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Straighten the fabric to make sure the seam is in the same position all the way around the scrunchie.

Slip the open end of the scrunchie over the exposed elastic and sew across the ends, backstitching to secure it. 

The thread doesn't match in these photos so you can see the stitching better, but you should use matching thread throughout the project.

Sew the Extra Tie Piece

Sewing the extra tie
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This part of the scrunchie is optional, but it adds a fun detail. 

Fold the 8" strip with pointed ends in half, right sides together. With 1/4" seam allowances, sew from one point in toward the center, then stop. Sew from the other point in toward the center, and then stop, leaving a 1" to 2" gap for turning.

Trim the seams around points to reduce bulk, then turn the piece right-side-out and press. 

Fold the seam allowance in and sew the opening closed. You can do this by hand with a whip stitch. Or, for a faster finish, sew the opening on your sewing machine, stitching about 1/16" from the folds of the gap. This seam doesn't really show once it's on the scrunchie, so it doesn't need to be perfect.

Add the Tie to Your Scrunchie

Adding the tie piece to the scrunchie
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Tie the extra piece around the scrunchie on the seam where the elastic meets. A tight single knot holds well enough. This piece acts as a playful decoration, as well as a means of covering that seam.

Remember hair scrunchies when you are cutting out other sewing projects. Save up the scraps that are large enough and use mass-production methods to sew a pile of hair scrunchies at a time.

If you have smaller scraps that are still at least 3" wide, you can piece them together to make a patchwork scrunchie!