Never did I think that items from my childhood would reappear and be popular again… at least not until I was in my 40’s. Well, life has proved me wrong. Scrunchies are back and in a big way! They are also super, super easy to make! I swore I would never wear them again, but after making some… oh, yeah it’s happening! A great way to update the scrunchy is with a great modern pattern or go classic with a vintage pattern (think 1930’s or 1940’s).
What You’ll Need
- Fat Quarter, Cotton Fabric in. design/color of your choice
- Thread in matching color
- 1/8 or 1/4 inch Knitted Elastic; Cut into 8 inch sections
- Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
- Hand Needles
- Straight Pins
- Long Safety Pin
Let the Sewing Begin
Fat Quarters make this project super easy! They are the perfect length to make scrunchies. You will need to cut the fabric lengthwise into 4 sections. Each section will be 4.5 inches wide and you do not have to worry about having exactly straight cuts… well as long as they are not too off!
Pairing your right sides together, fold one section in half. Use your straight pins to hold the ends together as you sew. Start sewing 1.5-2 inches from the end of the fabric and sew until you are 1.5-2 inches from the other end.
Turn your fabric so that the right sides are facing out. Next, align the short ends together and sew. This time the wrong side of the fabric will be facing you. To me, this is the trickiest part because you are not going to be able to get a straight line. I have found that letting your machine guide the line actually works best. Just make sure your ends are matching up!
Take your safety-pin and slide the elastic onto the pin. Use the safety-pin to help guide the elastic through the fabric tube, making sure not to lose the other end.
Now, for the second most challenging aspect of the scrunchy. Using the zigzag stitch, sew the ends of the elastic together. Make sure to sew at least 1 inch together so that the elastic is secure. Also, do not stretch the elastic as you are sewing!
Once the elastic has been joined, you will thread your hand needle and knot the end. Take the needle and thread behind the last few stitches in the middle seam lengthwise and bring under. Now sew the remaining seam together and TA-DAAAAAA!! You have made a scrunchy in less than 20 minutes!
I hope you have enjoyed our first Creativity centered post! Let me know what types of DIY projects you would like to see in the comments below!