Just like the good ol’ fanny pack, scrunchies are having a comeback! Our nostalgia for the ’90s is in full swing thanks to these brightly colored scrunchies that are doubling as fashion statements. Using less than a fat quarter of fabric, this is the perfect DIY project to help you make a dent in your fabric stash, just in time for the gift-giving season.
Choosing the Right Fabric and Design for Your Scrunchie
Before we start making scrunchies, let’s talk about choosing the right fabric and design. You’ll be pleased to learn that a majority of Spoonflower’s woven fabrics are suitable for a scrunchie, so if you’ve been hanging onto your fabric scraps, this is the project for you! We tested this tutorial using Celosia Velvet™, Petal Signature Cotton™ and Organic Cotton Sateen. Our favorite fabric to use for scrunchies? Hands down, Celosia Velvet! The plush, fabric with a gorgeous sheen was just the ticket for a sophisticated scrunchie.
Speaking of designs, when searching the Marketplace for scrunchie designs, think small. We recommend adding the term ditzy or small-scale to your keyword search to help find designs that are small enough for your 17″ x 3″ scrunchie pattern piece. Take a look at our scrunchie-approved collection to get a head start!
How to Make a Scrunchie
1. Cut A Rectangle From Your Fat Quarter
Cut out a 17” x 3” rectangle from your fabric.
2. Fold Your Rectangle
With your rectangle design side down, fold one short end of the fabric strip inward 1/2” from the edge. Press the ends with an iron or your finger.
Turn the rectangle design side up and fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise. Press the fold with your iron, then pin it in place.
3. Sew Your Rectangle
Stitch the length of rectangle using a 3/8″ seam allowance. After sewing, trim your seam allowance to reduce bulk. We now have a tube that needs to turn design side out.
4. Flip Your Rectangle Design Side Out
Attach the safety pin or loop turner to one end of the rectangular tube and turn right side out. Adjust the fabric so that the seam lays in the middle. Take your iron and press it in place.
5. Guide Your Elastic Through The Tube
Take your 7″ piece of elastic and attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic. Thread it through one of the open ends of the fabric tube until you come out the other end. Make sure to hold on to both ends of your elastic at all times!
6. Stitch the Elastic Ends Together
Pull the elastic taut and overlap the two ends. Secure the elastic ends by stitching in place.
7. Tuck In The Fabric End
Take the unfinished end of the fabric tube and insert it into the opening on the finished end, about 1/2” deep, making sure the middle seams are aligned. Pin or clip in place.
8. Stitch The Ends To Close the Scrunchie
Hand stitch the fabric ends to secure the scrunchie. Now your scrunchie is complete and ready for wearing!