This fun hair accessory was invented in the 60s and became a popular trend in the 80s and the 90s. Every few years, the funky piece becomes trendy again, but this time, it’s here to stay. Not only are these hair ties excellent for your locks, but they look super cute too. While you are spending time watching your favorite TV show or just having a lazy weekend, why not get into something creative? Get ready to make one to match every outfit, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop. Enjoy your next fun project with these scrunchie DIY tips and tricks.
What is a Scrunchie?
A scrunchie is one of the trendiest and safest ways to keep your hair up. This accessory consists of a piece of fabric wrapped around an elastic and is gathered to appear scrunched up. These are the perfect way to complete any outfit, whether it’s in your hair or on your wrist. There are hundreds of patterns, colors, and styles to choose from, so you can easily find something that will work for you.
What You Will Need
There are plenty of ways to create a hair scrunchie, using a sewing machine, hand stitching, or even a hot glue gun. No matter your skillset or the tools that you have handy, you can easily replicate this for yourself. To get started on this trend, you will need the following:
- Safety Pins
- Sewing Needle (optional)
- Sewing Machine (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun (option)
Choose the Fabrics
A great thing about making scrunchies is that they don’t need a whole lot of fabric. You can use almost anything to make this accessory, but the most popular options are cotton, Lycra, and crushed velvet. The latter is quite tricky to sew, but once you’ve tried a couple of practice rounds, you’re sure to get it. Choose from a bold pattern, soft pastel, or a color that flatters your skin tone – why not have one in every shade?
Cut The Fabrics
There are two sizes to choose from when creating this accessory, small and large. Depending on the type you want, you can make something a little bit larger or smaller to wrap around your hair or wrist. For a little scrunchie, cut a piece of fabric to 2.5 x 20 inches (6.5cm x 51cm) – for a bigger variation, cut the cloth to 3.5 x 22 inches (9cm x 56cm).
When cutting the elastic, make sure you remember how big you’re making the scrunchie. For a smaller size, cut it to 8 inches (20.5 cm) – if you prefer a larger variation, cut it to 9 inches (21 cm). Test these sizes by wrapping the elastic around your hair – sometimes, you may need more to accommodate the thickness of your locks.
Begin by folding the end of the underside of the fabric by 1/2 inch (12 mm) – this will stop it from fraying. If you’re using Lycra or a different type of stretchy fabric that doesn’t split, you can skip this step.
Sew or Glue Around the Hair Tie
- Once you’ve folded the underside of the fabric, flip it, so the right side is facing upwards. Then, fold the materials lengthwise, so the raw ends are matching.
- Stitch along the end, using either a machine or backstitch, with 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance – be sure the leave both ends open.
- Once you’ve completed the stitching along the end, it’s time to turn the fabric on the right side out. To do this, grab a safety pin and secure it to one side of the scrunchie – then thread it through the middle.
- Give the material a press, so it’s flat along the surface you’re working on – this is an essential step as it smoothes out any kinks.
- Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the holes of the fabric and sew the two together. Be sure to overlap them by 1/2 inch (12mm) before securing it. Alternatively, you can tie the two ends in a knot – be sure it’s tight, so it doesn’t come loose.
- To finish, combine the two open ends of the fabric and insert one into the other. Make sure they overlap by 1/2 inch (12mm), so there are no loose ends. Using a backstitch, sew them together, and you’re ready to showcase your new accessory!
DIY Scrunchie Tutorial
JENerationDIY is a seriously cute YouTuber who knows how to rock a scrunchie. Her DIY videos are informative and easy to follow, so you can easily replicate her technique and make some incredible pieces for yourself. If you don’t have a sewing machine handy, be sure to follow her tutorial for making these accessories using other methods. Once you’ve watched one of her videos, you’ll be walking around with an armful of scrunchies just like her!
How do you make homemade scrunchies?
Scrunchies are fun hair accessories that were especially popular during the '80s and '90s but remain a great way to tie up your hair even today. You can also make them at home because all you need is a piece of fabric wrapped around an elastic; this allows you to choose from a wide range of different textures and patterns. To hold it in place, you can hand sew, use a sewing machine, or even a glue gun. You can read more about the step-by-step process on our post, How To Make A Scrunchie.
What are the measurements to make a scrunchie?
The measurements needed to create a scrunchie really depend on whether you want a small or big accessory. For little ones, you will need to cut a piece of fabric to 2.5 x 20 inches (6.5cm x 51cm), and for a bigger one, cut the cloth to 3.5 x 22 inches (9cm x 56cm). The elastic should be 8 inches (20.5 cm) or, if you have long or thick hair, cut it to 9 inches (21 cm) to accommodate for this.
How do you make a simple hair tie scrunchie?
To make a simple hair tie scrunchie, you only need a few things; your choice of fabric, an elastic, either a sewing machine, needle, and thread, or even a glue gun, and, to make the process easier, a safety pin. You can follow several tutorials on YouTube that highlight each step you should take to create the perfect hair accessory for you.
Alexandra Feiam is an experienced fashion writer who holds a degree in journalism. She has an impressive portfolio and expertise working as the Editor at Power Retail and Commercial Content Editor at Newscorp. Ally has been writing for The TrendSpotter since 2018, and her work has been featured in notable publications such as The Herald Sun, Arirang TV South Korea, Kidspot, The House of Wellness, and The Daily Telegraph.
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