How to make a Scrunchie

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How to make Scrunchies have LONG been on my to do list of sewing projects for kids here on Red Ted Art. I remember making LOTS of scrunchies when I was a tween/ teenager.

Now that my daughter is 8 and really getting into her Beginner Sewing Projects, it is time to introduce her to the homemade scrunchie!! Woohoo.

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
This Scrunchie Tutorial was first published in March 2018

A DIY Scrunchie is really quick and easy to make and it is a fabulous way to use up odds and ends of fabric.  Learn how to sew a scrunchie here today! I also think that these easy scrunchies make a fabulous little gift for a friend.

So excited. I think a DIY Scrunchie makes a great Back To School Sewing project too! If you need help with how to teach kids to sew, do check out our beginner basics!

DIY Scrunchie – Materials

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Elastic
  • Safety pins for threading
  • Sewing materials (either for hand sewing or machine sewing)

Fabric dimensions – we used 12cm by 45cm with an elastic around 12cm long, and really like that size. But making your own Scrunchies really is a question of preference. Some people like long thing ones, others like chubby ones. Or maybe you would like a combination!

Some people like to measure the elastic around their wrist – then use that measurement x 3 to determine the length of the scrunch. Remember the elastic will need extra at the ends for knottig off!

We love using old fabrics, like old men’s shirts to make these scrunchies!

You may like this post on hand sewing stitches if not using a sewing machine:

How to Make a Scrunchie

I have once again made you a How to make a scrunchie video, but have also included step by step written instructions! The video tutorial is now located towards the end of this page! Enjoy.

How to make a scrunchie – step by step instructions

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
We love how to make scrunchies!

By request, I have now added Step By Step Photo instructions to this DIY Scrunchie tutorials. They are taken from the Scrunchie DIY Video, so I apologise for the lower image quality. But hopefully they will still be helpful!

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Measure your scrap fabric to make it scrunchie size

Cut a long retangle from your fabric. As mentioned above mine is 12cm x 45cm. Depending on the pattern on your fabric, you may want to consider how you cute fabric (length wise or across)

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Measure your scrunchie elastic band

Measure your elastic by the size of your wrist and leave some space for a knot!

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Sew your end seams of the scrunchie

Turn over the short ends (both ends!)

sew down  – you are tidying up the ends of scrunchies for later.

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Sew the full length of your scrunchie

Fold your fabric length wise – right side inside, wrong side out. And sew 0.5cm from the edge – either by sewing machine or by using a back stitch (nice and strong) – learn how to sew a back stitch in our Basic Hand Stitches for Beginners section.

Easy Back to School Scrunchie Tutorial
Turning the scrunchie right side out
Teach kids to sew - how to make a scrunchie with kids
Inserting your elastic band to the scrunchie

Turn your tube right side out. If you have a very thin tube, you may need a pencil to help bush the right side through.

Secure your elastice to ONE end of the long tube with a safety pin.

Attach the second safety pin to the other end of the elastic and use this to fid the elastic through the tube.

Knot the two ends of elastic together (I often at this point, accidentally release the elastic, so it pings back and I have to do it all over again.. take care!).

Once the elastic is secured, make sure the seam of your tube is point the same way. Sometimes the tube gets a bit twisted. Un twist it, so the seem is running all along the inside or outside.

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Finishing off the DIY scrunchie

Overlap the two ends and sew shut!

Scrunchie DIY Video Tutorial

How to make a Scrunchie - how make a scrunchie with a sewing machine or by hand. A great project for kids learning to sew!
Ah love all the different DIY scrunchie colours!

You have now made your first DIY Scrunchie!! Once you get the hang of making DIY scrunchies, you should be able to make each one in 5 – 10 minutes!

You may also enjoy our “no sew scrunchie” video tutorial:

Scrunchie DIY

Learn how to make a classic scrunchie from scrap fabrics with this easy Scrunchie tutorial
Active Time25 mins

Equipment

  • Fabric – 12cm x 45cm
  • Elastic – 12cm (or long enough to comfortably fit on wrist with enough to tie a knot)
  • Sewing equipment

Instructions

  • Cut your fabric 12cm x 45cm (approximate)
  • Measure your elastic by the size of your wrist and leave some space for a knot
  • Turn over the short ends and sew
  • Fold your fabric length wise – right side inside, wrong side out. And sew 0.5cm from the edge – either by sewing machine or by using a back stitch (nice and strong)
  • Turn your tube right side out
  • Secure your elastice to ONE end of the long tube with a safety pin
  • Attach the second safety pin to the other end of the elastic and use this to fid the elastic through the tube
  • Knot the two ends of elastic together
  • Overlap the two ends of the fabric and sew shut

Video


Need more great sewing projects for kids? Try these!
Need to know How To Teach Kids to Sew? Our article on beginner basics!

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Make lots of different designed Scrunchies!

If you prefer you can watch the How to make a scrunchie video on YouTube:

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