Whether those of us who were teenagers in the 90s like it or not, the 90s are back, along with its iconic clothing and accessories! Some of those trends I could definitely live without, but one that I’m super excited to see having a comeback is hair scrunchies! And as usually happens when an old trend becomes new again, we’re seeing lots of new fun scrunchie variations. One of my favorites are knotted scrunchies, and today I’m going to teach you both how to make a scrunchie, and how to make a fun DIY Bow Scrunchie!
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned sewist, scrunchies are the perfect scrap busting project (I’ve used many of these same fabrics for face masks to help during hospital shortages). Requiring just a fat quarter of fabric, they cost next to nothing to sew!
And for another fun version, try these Mini DIY Bow Scrunchies and learn how to make scrunchies that are perfect for putting hair half up or tying at the end of a braid!
I used some of my favorite scraps from Simple Simon & Co for Riley Blake (the adorable gold crowns, gold gingham, and black/white scallops), Dana Made it for Art Gallery (the pink honeycomb), See Kate Sew for Riley Blake (the lips), and more!
You can have a handful of these DIY scrunchies sewn up in no time, which makes them a perfect gift for friends, teachers, or yourself!
If you’ve ever wondered how to make scrunchies, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is! It’s won’t be long before you find you’ve already made a pile!
Pair one with our free cowl neck hoodie pattern, or DIY Be Kind Iron-on T-shirt, and you’ll have comfort + fashion in the bag. Or wrap one around your ponytail, paired with our free tank top pattern when you head to the gym, and you’ll be working out in style!
Make a different one to match each outfit, and you’ll always have the perfect accessory throw on!
Read on to learn how to make a scrunchie, or watch our DIY Knot Scrunchie Video Tutorial below (you can also watch it here on YouTube if you prefer)!
How to Make a Scrunchie
Supplies (for each scrunchie):
fat quarter fabric
8″ length of 1/4″ wide elastic (8″ will allow the scrunchie to wrap around 3 times for average hair thickness – you can use a shorter or longer length to adjust for thinner/thicker hair or personal preference)
basic sewing supplies
ACCESS FREE KNOT SCRUNCHIE PATTERN HERE. You’ll be taken through the checkout process (no payment info will be asked for), and the download link will be emailed to you immediately following checkout. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your junk folder. You can also access the pattern by logging into your account under the “shop” tab after completing the checkout process.
Print pattern pages at 100% (no scaling) and tape pages together, matching borders and diamond. Cut out pieces as directed on pattern pages. Note: For main rectangle piece, cut only 1 on fold, not 2 as was noted in the early release of the pattern (pattern piece has been corrected for current downloads).
*All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.”
Ready for some fun learning how to make scrunchies? Right sides together (RST), fold scrunchie piece in half, matching long raw edges. Stitch along raw edges, forming tube.
Use safety pin to turn tube right side out.
Use safety pin to thread 8″ length of elastic through tube. Overlap elastic ends 1/2″ and stitch together to secure.
Turn one scrunchie end 1/2″ inward, toward wrong side. Insert other scrunchie end and pin neatly in place.
Stitch close to folded edge to secure scrunchie ends together. If a basic scrunchie is all you’re after, you’re done! But be sure to give the DIY knot scrunchie a try – I promise you’ll be hooked once you wear one!
It’s time to put the “knot” in our DIY knotted scrunchies! RST, pin and stitch knot pieces together around outer edges, leaving 2″ opening along one middle edge (for turning). Trim each corner close to stitching and trim seam allowance to 1/8″ (do not trim seam allowance at opening).
Turn knot piece right side out through opening. Press flat, allowing opening edges to fold to wrong side. Stitch close to opening along folded edges to close.
Wrap knot piece around scrunchie, positioning knot to hide stitches on scrunchie.
Great job, you’ve finished your DIY knot scrunchies! Now that you’ve learned how to make scrunchies, go grab your favorite fabric scraps and make a handful more! For more fun DIY gift ideas, check out our tutorials gallery!