How to Make Scrunchies

Can't find the perfect hair piece to complement your outfit, or want to stand out from the group? Make your own scrunchie. This is a simple sewing project that takes about 30 minutes and is perfect if you have extra fabrics that need to be used. It can easily be sewn by hand or using a sewing machine.


  1. Image titled MeasureElastic Step 1
    Measure out the elastic. It should be about 5 inches long, more if your hair is insanely thick.
  2. Image titled CutFabric Step 2
    Cut the fabric along the fold of your fabric. By cutting along the fold, you will only have to sew one seam. The fabric should be slightly longer than the elastic, and about 1.5-2 inches wide.
  3. Image titled SewFabric Step 3
    Sew the fabric. Fold the fabric so that the printed and colored side is facing inwards. Pin and sew a straight line, leaving about .5 inch of seam allowance. You should now have a tube of fabric with two open ends. Turn the tube so the printed sides are facing out.
  4. Image titled AddElastic Step 4
    Add the elastic. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, and feed it through the fabric tube. Make sure to hold the other end of the elastic so it is not pulled through the tube. Pin the two ends of elastic together so that they overlap slightly. Sew stitches in the shape of a square so that the square covers the overlap, and then sew a diagonal through this box. This "box stitch" will ensure that the elastic will not come apart when you tug on it.
    • Make sure not to sew the fabric to the elastic during this step
  5. Image titled FabricTogether Step 5
    Sew the fabric ends together. Using a whip stitch so the stitching will not be seen from the outside of the scrunchie. Fold the raw edges of the fabric inwards, and sew stitches parallel to the raw edges, alternating the stitches between each fabric end.
  6. Image titled DisguseSeam Step 6
    Decorate your scrunchie. Use coordinating ribbons and other accessories to add a unique flair to your scrunchie. You can also skip this step if you want a more simple look.
  7. Image titled TestStrenght Step 7
    Test the strength. Carefully pull your hair into a loose ponytail. The scrunchie should be able to be pulled like a regular elastic. If scrunchie breaks, don't be discouraged! Try making another, this time focusing on strongly sewing the elastic together.
  8. Image titled WearIt Step 8
    Wear it! Pull your hair up with a regular elastic, then put your homemade scrunchie over the top!


  • Be creative (Ex: use bells for Christmas, dangling hearts for Valentine's Day or red and blue ribbon for 4th of July)
  • Don't forget to sew with the right sides facing together to hide the seams.


  • Don't let children have the scrunchie if you used ribbon or small parts.
  • Be careful not to hurt yourself when using a needle or sewing machine

Things You'll Need

  • Elastic (1 inch recommended)
  • Fabric (about 1/8 yard)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (Optional, but recommended)
  • Ribbon (Optional)
  • Bells, danglies, other decorations (Optional)

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Categories: Sewing