Simple Steps to Sew Your Own Hair Scrunchies

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    Make Your Own Scrunchie Collection

    If you’re nostalgic for the 90’s then you’re in luck! All those styles that you used to love are coming back into fashion again including the ever popular scrunchie! Anyone who ever wore a pair of JNCO Jeans knows that the most fashionable way to tie one's hair back is with a fabric scrunchie. They’re so inexpensive and small that most people can have one to match every outfit. They came in all sorts of fabrics and colors. Now with these simple directions, you can make your own scrunchies!...MORE They’re the perfect fashionable yet functional gift. You can wear them to the gym if you’re hoping to add a little pop to your usual work out gear. Little girls especially love to collect all different kinds of scrunchies. 

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    Gather the Materials

    Photo of a finished hair scrunchie.
    Finished Scrunchy. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Materials List:

    • 22" by 6" of almost any fabric. (Avoid using 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 scrunchy to keep it from sliding.)
    • 8" of 1/4" wide elastic
    • Sewing machine
    • Matching Thread

    Remember hair scrunchie when you are cutting out other sewing projects. Use the scraps to make matching scrunchies when you can! Save up your scraps and use mass...MORE production methods to sew a pile of hair scrunchie at a time.

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    Cut and Press

    Photo showing pressing details.
    Press under one end. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Cut the fabric to size. If you are using 45" wide fabric, you can get two scrunchies from a 6" length of fabric.

    On one of the 6" wide ends, press under 1/2", wrong sides together, to form a crease that can be followed later.

    As you sew your hair scrunchie, be sure to secure your stitching by back stitching or lock stitching. As the elastic is pulled, unsecured stitching is apt to come apart.

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    Match the Edges

    Photo showing details of matching the edges.
    Match the edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Fold the fabric in half matching the 22" sides, right sides together, unfolding the crease that you pressed.

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    Seam the Edges

    Photo showing which seams to sew
    Seams. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Using a 1/2" seam allowance, stitch the unpressed 6" edge and the 22" edge.

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    Attach Elastic

    Photo showing elastic being attached.
    Attach elastic to seamed end. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Attach the elastic to the seamed 6" edge at the seam line as shown in the photo, stitching back and forth over the elastic for a secure hold. (Learn about elastic)

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    Turn Right Side Out

    Photo showing turning details.
    Turn right side out. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Hold the elastic in one hand, or safety pin it to a secure surface (such as an ironing pad) and turn the fabric right sides out.

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    Secure the Elastic

    Photo showing elastic being sewn.
    Secure the elastic. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Secure the elastic to the seamed end, where your other elastic end is, as shown in the photo.

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    Form Scrunchie

    Photo showing details of lining up the seam as you form a scruchie.
    Line up the ends with the seam on the same side, all the way around the scrunchie. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Straighten the fabric to make sure the seam is in the same position all the way around the scrunchie and refold under the 1/2" that you pressed earlier.

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    Insert One End in to the Other End

    Photo showing details of joining the ends of the scrunchie.
    Insert one end in to the other end so the pressed end encloses the raw edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Insert the seamed end into the pressed end and pin.

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    Stitch the Ends Together

    Photo showing stitching details.
    Top stitch the ends together. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Top stitch through all the layers to secure the ends and form the scrunchie.