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™, Organic Cotton Sateen and Silky Faille. 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!
Pro tip: Use the Fill-A-Yard® cheater quilt template to order multiple scrunchie designs on one yard of fabric!
DIY Scrunchie Materials
- 17″ x 3″ piece of fabric—we’re using Ashley Dots by shelbyallison on Celosia Velvet
- ¼” wide elastic, 7″ long
- Safety pin or loop turner
- Sewing machine
- Embroidery needle and thread
- Cutting shears or rotary blade
- Pins or clips
- Seam gauge
How to Make a Scrunchie
1. Cut out a 17” x 3” rectangle from your fabric.
2. Fold one short end of the fabric strip in ½” from the edge, wrong sides touching. Press ends with an iron or your finger. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with right sides facing and pin in place. Stitch the length of fabric using a ⅜” seam allowance.
3. Attach the safety pin or loop turner to one end of the fabric tube and turn right side out. Lay the seam in the middle and press in place.
4. Attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic and 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!
5. Pull the elastic taut and overlap the two ends. Secure the elastic ends by stitching in place.
6. Take the unfinished end of the fabric tube and insert it into the opening on the finished end about ½” deep, making sure the middle seams are aligned. Pin or clip in place.
7. Handstitch the fabric ends to secure the scrunchie. Now your scrunchie is complete and ready for wearing!
See how the Spoonflower community is making scrunchies
and then be sure to tag @spoonflower on Instagram so we can see your version!