Scrunchies are back! VSCO girls and other scrunchie-lovers can’t get enough of these fabric hair ties. Learn how to make hair scrunchies with scrap fabric to increase their scrunchie stash while decreasing your fabric stash. (Win-win!)
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What’s the Best Fabric for Making DIY Scrunchies?
Really, you can use just about any fabric to sew scrunchies. Cotton is readily available in a wide variety of colors and patterns and is easy to sew, so it’s a good place to start. But other fabrics work well too. Try making satin, silk, flannel, polyester, or velvet scrunchies to suit your occasion or outfit. Stretchy knits make great scrunchies, but are trickier to work with. You can even upcycle old t-shirts or other clothing.
If you’re making multiple scrunchies from the same fabric, you make 2 scrunchies from 1/8 yard or up to 6 scrunchies from 1/4 yard if you use my standard sizing below.
How to Adjust Handmade Scrunchie Size:
I like a basic DIY scrunchie size made from fabric approximately 3.5″ x 21″. The dimensions don’t have to be exact, so you can use scraps that may be a bit longer or shorter in either direction without altering the final scrunchie significantly. In general, adjust the scrunchie to your preference by changing width (more or less puffy) and length (amount of “scrunch” or ruffles).
- Make a bunchier scrunchie by using a longer fabric rectangle.
- Use a shorter fabric rectangle to make scrunchies smoother and less bunchy.
- A wider piece of fabric will make a scrunchie larger and fluffy.
- Using a narrower piece of fabric will make a thinner, less puffy scrunchie.
- Make a mini-scrunchie by reducing both the length and width of the fabric rectangle.
This makes sewing your scrunchie hair ties a great project for using up long thin fabric scraps. Don’t have fabric scraps already? Fat quarters or fat eighths fabric bundles are a good option for coordinated designs in the right lengths.
Make DIY Scrunchie Hair Ties for:
- friend gifts
- stocking stuffers
- matching favorite outfits
- beginner sewing projects
- slumber party craft activities
Once you know how to sew a scrunchie, you may find yourself (or your scrunchie-wearer) becoming addicted to making more! Now, let’s talk about how to make hair scrunchies step-by-step.
More DIY Scrunchie Tutorials
These classic scrunchies are an easy sewing project for beginners. If you don’t want to sew, or don’t have a machine, you can also make scrunchies without sewing. Three of these 6 handmade scrunchie tutorials are no-sew options. Try one of these options for no-sew or embellished scrunchie hair ties.
Use the instructions below to sew a classic scrunchie hair tie.
*Instead of had sewing closed, you can fold one open end under 1/2", then tuck unfinished end into folded end. Sew by machine using a straight stitch 1/4" from end of fold. You will end up with a flat stitched spot in the tube. Some people are fine with hiding that spot in the "scrunch". I prefer hand sewing. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
*Instead of had sewing closed, you can fold one open end under 1/2", then tuck unfinished end into folded end. Sew by machine using a straight stitch 1/4" from end of fold. You will end up with a flat stitched spot in the tube. Some people are fine with hiding that spot in the "scrunch". I prefer hand sewing.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.