DIY SCRUNCHIE hair tie (10 best ways)

Learn different ways to make scrunchies with different fabrics like velvet, net, lace etc . Step by step tutorials to make hair scrunchies - sew and no sew methods

make easy scrunchies for hair

With three long-haired heads, Scrunchies are indispensable in our house – and then they keep disappearing! I buy a pack of those boring black ones every month and by the end of the month, they are all gone.

My kids said that I am the culprit. Did they think I ate them! I suppose the floor did ‘eat’ them; and from the floor to the wastebaskets is a short trip, when my hubby notices them – he, who does not realize the importance of those small fabric bands named scrunchies. I have solved the case of the missing scrunchie. But I still need them. So it is DIY scrunchie time.

I have now decided to stop buying them. I can very well make the fabric scrunchies with all my small fabric scraps in all colours and patterns, and not mind much when I lose them. Here is an excuse to make more and more and more.

The best thing is – the smallest fabric scrap you have, would still make a scrunchie.

The scrunchies are basically fabric strips joined to form a tube and inserted with elastic. But you can change this basic scrunchie into so many styles with simple ideas, which I will outline below

In fact the scrunchie is a super easy project that you can ask your kids to do. Make it their first project for teaching the kids to sew. Easy enough to do and when they use it they are proud that they made it themselves. They will soon be making scrunchies in all colors to match their many outfits

How to make do-it-yourself fabric scrunchies 

A scrunchie (or scrunchy) is a fabric covered elastic hair tie used to fasten long hair – wikipedia. Just to be clear.

What materials do you need to make the scrunchy?

cut fabric piece of 3 to 4.5 inches wide and 20 inches long and 7 inch long elastic

A small piece of elastic 5-8 inches long  (for thick hair double this or use two lengths) Note : The elastic size needs to be tested on your hair. A 7 -8 inch long elastic is alright for a medium thickness of hair but you may have thicker hair and this would not suffice. Test it on your hair.

You need a piece of fabric strip – You can use all types of fabrics for making the scrunchies – cotton, silk, satin, or velvet. You can use up your fabric scraps and make them in different colored fabrics so that they complement various outfits. It is better to use sturdy tight woven fabrics.

Cut a piece of fabric 3 inch – 4 inch -5 inch  wide ( depending on how wide you want your scrunchie) and 17 – 20 inch long  (3 times the length of your elastic). For a very thick and dense scrunchie you can cut a long fabric of upto 45 inches

Increase the length for more ruffles or increase the width for more thickness. needle and thread, a small pin and optionally the sewing machine. If you want to add beads, buttons, or bows, then those too.

Basic homemade ScrunchieStep-by-Step instructions

Step 1

fold the edge to the inside

Fold one short edge of the fabric 1/4 inch to the inside. Press in place with an iron.

Step 2

fold the fabric by the middle

Fold it by the center, right sides to the inside, lengthwise and stitch the long edges together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

sew the long edge shut

You can use simple hand stitches to sew your scrunchie seams – Hand stitches work as well as the machine stitches. Just make a Back stitch  or any other hand stitch you wish to make (You may wish to toss the scrunchie at some point into the washing machine for a good cleaning; for this a good stitching line will be needed).

Step 3

attach a pin for turning it rightside out

Attach a pin on one end & turn the tube inside out through one short end. You now have a long tube.

Step 4

Cut out a piece of elastic – 5 – 8 inches long  (I am using one single elastic length. If you have extra thick hair, which regretfully I don’t, you should be using two lengths of the elastic)

Step 5

Insert the elastic through the opening with a small safety pin.

Pull the elastic ends together and stitch two or three zig zag lines enough that they are secure.I simply tie two or three knots with the ends. This is ok with a thick scrunchie, but with the narrow scrunchies, you will have to stitch.

 insert elastic through the fabric casing

You can at this point try this on your hair and see if the length is enough / big for our hair. If it is too big cut off extra ends and tie/ stitch again.

Now bring the fabric edges together ; insert one end ( the raw edge) to the other ( one with the turned inside edge).

Step 6

sew the opening shut with hand stitches
Sew the opening shut with hand stitches

Hand stitch the ends of the scrunchie. You can use invisible stitches for this- like a ladder stitch.

scrunchy diy tutorial

You can use different types of fabrics to make scrunchies. Make it in in velvet. Black is my favourite as it goes with all colors. You can change its size, shape and style in many ways. Some of them are as below

Scrunchie variations

Idea 1 Thin scrunchie

make your own skinny scrunchies - thin variation

To make a more narrow scrunchy cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches wide 17-20 inches long.This is for 1/4 inch elastic.

making slim scrunchy- thin type

Make the scrunchie the same way as explained earlier.

Idea 2 Lace edged scrunchie

making homemade scrunchies - with lace edging

This scrunchie has a lace trim between the seam on the outer edge. This is a basic scrunchie with a slight difference.

Before the step 2, ie stitching the long edges together insert a piece of lace trim ( or ribbon or fabric piece folded) inside as in the picture below

keep lace along the edge
Place lace along one long edge

Continue making the basic scrunchie, by bringing the long edges together. Here you have the lace inside, that is the difference. 

Make a lace edged scrunchy
Fold the fabric so that the lace is inside

When you finish making it, you will find that the lace trim will form a nice frame outside the scrunchie.

thread the elastic through the lace edged pretty scrunchy with a pin
Thread elastic inside the casing

You can gather lace trim before keeping it inside for more frills.

Idea 3 Lace ruffle scrunchie

For this, I am using a very wide cotton lace. You can use any wide lace or fabric piece which do not fray at the edges or wide ribbon. It should be wide enough to accommodate a channel in the middle for inserting elastic.

You need 2 pieces of lace 20 inches long.

wide lace can be used to make lace scrunchies with a scalloped frill

Keep the lace pieces stacked on top of the other so that the good scalloped edges are facing to either side. Sew a channel in the middle which is 1/2 inch wide.

stack 2 wide laces and then sew casing in the middle Join pieces of lace
Make two stitching lines joining the lace pieces- creating a casing for elastic

Insert the 1/4 inch elastic ( 6 -7 inches long) through the channel with a safety pin.

insert elastic through the casing with the help of a pin
Thread the elastic through the casing

Pull the elastic and stitch the ends together. Now hand stitch the ends of the lace together

Idea 4 Double-sided scrunchie

reversible scrunhies with 2 types of fabric pieces

This is made by keeping two different pieces of fabric strips together. One fabric piece is 3 inch wide and 17 inch long and the other one is 2 – 2.5 inch wide and 17 inch long.

Keep the two pieces right sides together and stitch the two long edges. This is your fabric tube for the scrunchie. This makes a scrunchie in which one piece of fabric will show to the other side like a frame.

join 2 types of fabric pieces -one less wider than the other
Join 2 types of fabric pieces to make the tubing for the scrunchy

Make the scrunchie the same as you would normally.

Idea 5 No sew scrunchie

Wouldn’t it be nice to make a scrunchie without sewing

This is a no-brainer. If you would rather not sew you can still make a scrunchie, without the sewing machine or hand sewing. You need some sort of super glue / glue gun for this. Use the super glue to fix the edges ( other than the sewing part the basic scrunchie making steps apply here). 

Idea 6 Make a no-sew ruffled net scrunchie

No sew one homemade fabric scrunchie

This scrunchie is a very easy project. If you have any sheer or other fabric which does not fray you can make this. I am using a beautiful leftover fabric from my lehenga skirt pattern project. It is a dream fabric which is exactly right for this one. I suppose you can use tshirt yarn also

making scrunchies -join elastic into a tube and cut fabric pieces
Join elastic into a tube and cut several fabric pieces

Cut 1 inch strips of fabric. I took a length of 120 inches to make this scrunchy ( 30 inch long 4 pieces which are 1 inch wide). Cut them further into 2.5 inch pieces.

Cut the 1/4 inch elastic to 7 inch length. Sew the edges together really well, so you have an elastic band.

scrunchies diy - tie the fabric pieces on the elastic round
Tie the fabric pieces on the elastic round

Now start tying the short pieces of fabric on this elastic band. One tight tie is enough.

After you have done the tying( make sure that not even a speck of elastic is showing through. If it is, tie more strips to cover it). You can trim the outside to look a perfect circle or leave it untrimmed as it is

Idea 7 Scrunchie with beads

make scrunchy with velvet - beaded

Beads add beauty to just about anything. Why leave scrunchies behind. Add beads in any way you want. I have taken the easy way out and just wrapped bead chain around the scrunchie.

You can stitch beads onto the fabric using artistic Bead Embroidery or add beads in intervals, folding the scrunchie to look like petals.

If the scrunchie is thin you can even thread big beads with the scrunchie before joining the short edges and elastic.

Idea 8 Make Bunny ear scrunchie

sewing scrunchies with fabric - with bunny ears

This is made by adding a bow to the basic scrunchie. To ensure that the bow holds its shape, cut the fabric with interfacing attached to the back of the fabric.

scrunchy tutorial - cut out bunny shapes
Make a bunny ear pattern

I cut the shape on folded interfacing piece, ironed it to the fabric and then cut the fabric in this shape.

scrunchies - cut out bunny ears from fabric
Cut out bunny ears from fabric

Sew two such shapes together, right sides inside, along the edge. Leave a space in the center unstitched. Turn the shape inside out through this unstitched space. Hand stitch the hole closed. Press.

making scrunchies -sew the bunny ears together
Join the fabric pieces together to create the bunny ears

Attach it to the scrunchie with a small folded strip of fabric. Stitch in place (again hand stitch). You can add a fabric bow as well the same way. Checkout the post on making cute fabric bows here

You can also add bows to your scrunchie. Check out the post for making 10 types of hair bows here.

make hair bows
Tutorial to make different types of hair bows with fabric

Idea 9 Faux fur scrunchie

For a puffy scrunchie make it with a fabric with great volume like the faux fur. 

Idea 10 Scrunchies with contrast bands

This scrunchie is made the same way as the one with the lace trim in Idea 2.

Make scrunhy with fabric piping/band

Instead of the lace trim a folded fabric strip is stitched to the inside of the fabric tube seam. Fold this fabric strip and lay as in the picture given earlier, folded side to the inside of the scrunchie fabric.

making fabric srunchies with velvet

There may be many reasons why you are making these scrunchies – for one, they make the cutest gifts. And it is so easy to make them. And they are fun and creative to make.

Do you know that scrunchies are so much better than rubber bands or clips or anything you use to tie your hair. The fabric that encases the elastic make the scrunchie gentle on the hair – I have lots of jagged hair, cut from pulling bands and clips out of the hair. That is my number one reason. What is yours?

Related posts : Sew fabric hairbands ; Different types of hair accessories; How to make simple hair accessories ; Decorate hairclips,tic-tac clips

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

16 thoughts on “DIY SCRUNCHIE hair tie (10 best ways)”

  1. Hi. Do you have tutorials on how to do a layered scrunchie. I’ve seen designs where there is a fabric inside and tulle or chiffon outside. Thank you so much!

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