how to sew a scrunchie

Are You Tired of Boring Hair Accessories? Learn How To Sew a Scrunchie!

Ever feel like your hair accessory game lacks some serious pizazz? Well, fear not. The scrunchie has made a fabulous comeback, and we’re here to show you how to sew one that will elevate your tresses to new heights of style.

Scrunchies, those beloved fabric-covered hair ties from the 80s and 90s, have resurfaced as a trendy hair accessory. Not only are they practical for keeping your locks in place, but they also add a touch of personality to any hairstyle. Plus, DIY scrunchies are incredibly customizable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly since you can repurpose fabric scraps or upcycle old clothing.

Gather Your Scrunchie-Making Arsenal

Before you dive into this sewing project, gather the following materials:

  • Fabric (scrap fabric or a new fabric piece of your choice)
  • A device for sewing (or a needle and thread for sewing by hand).
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pins or clips
  • Optional: Rotary cutter, hair tie, safety pin

The right tools will make the sewing process smooth and enjoyable.

Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing a Scrunchie

Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing a Scrunchie
Photo Credit: freepik

Cutting the Fabric

  1. Measure and cut a fabric strip approximately 4 inches wide and 18-20 inches long. Adjust the length based on your desired scrunchie size and fabric stretch.
  2. For precision, use a rotary cutter and cutting mat, or fold the fabric lengthwise and cut along the folded edge.

Sewing the Tube

  1. Set up your sewing machine with a coordinating thread color and a straight stitch. If hand sewing, thread a needle with a double strand of thread.
  2. With the right sides together, stitch the short ends of the fabric strip using a 1/4 seam allowance to create a tube.
  3. Finish the seam by zig-zag stitching or serging the raw edge to prevent fraying (optional).

Turning the Tube Right Side Out

  1. Use a safety pin or chopstick to turn the fabric tube right side out gently. Please be careful not to pull or twist the material in any way that may cause it to become misshapen.
  2. Press the tube with an iron to flatten the seam and create a neat finish.

Creating the Scrunchie

  1. Insert a hair tie into the center of the fabric tube (optional for extra hold).
  2. Gather and scrunch one end of the tube around the hair tie or the middle of the tube.
  3. Secure the gathered end with a few hand stitches or a dab of fabric glue. Repeat on the other end.
  4. For a polished look, hand-sew a ladder stitch along the gathered ends to conceal the raw edges.

Get Creative with Scrunchie Designs

Now that you’ve mastered the basic scrunchie let your creativity shine! Explore different fabric patterns, textures, and embellishments to create unique hair scrunchies.

Embellishment Ideas

  • Mix and match fabrics like velvet, satin, or knit for a stunning contrast.
  • Add trims, ribbons, or appliques for a touch of whimsy.
  • For a statement piece, experiment with bold prints, florals, or geometric patterns.

Styling Your Scrunchie

Scrunchies are incredibly versatile hair accessories. Wear them as a traditional hair tie, double them up for a voluminous look, or even style them as a bracelet or headband. Coordinate your scrunchie with your outfit for a put-together, fashionable ensemble.


Do I need a sewing machine to make scrunchies?

You can easily hand-sew scrunchies using a needle and thread. The process may take a bit longer, but it’s a great option if you don’t have access to a sewing machine.

What types of fabric are best for making scrunchies?

Cotton, satin, velvet, and knit fabrics work well for scrunchies. When selecting fabrics, opt for a bit of stretch or drape to ensure a comfortable fit. Avoid stiff or heavy fabrics that may be difficult to gather.

Can I make scrunchies without a hair tie?

Absolutely! While inserting a hair tie adds extra hold, you can create a basic scrunchie by gathering and securing the fabric tube at the center.

How do I prevent the fabric from fraying?

Make sure to finish the raw edges of the fabric with a zig-zag stitch or serger before assembling the scrunchie. You can also apply a thin line of fabric glue along the raw edges.


Now that you know how to sew a scrunchie, you can bid farewell to dull hair accessories. Embrace your inner fashionista and craft scrunchies that reflect your unique style. By repurposing fabric scraps or upcycling old clothing, you can save money and reduce waste. So, grab your sewing supplies and let your creativity flow!

What other hair accessories would you like to learn how to make? Please share your ideas and scrunchie creations with us in the comments below!


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Priti Nandy
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