My mom thinks the world's gone crazy, but scrunchies are back from the 80's! Not fortunate enough to live in the 80s, I'm grateful I get to enjoy them now, haha! Plus, I think they're cuter now, so we can all celebrate that;) I decided I needed a cute little pile of scrunchies to adorn lazy ponies and mom buns, so I whipped up some bow scrunchies in just a couple minutes! Seriously, (besides being adorable,) they are so easy to sew with beginning sewing skills, only use a small amount of fabric, and can be made from pretty much any scraps you have! My favorite kind of project.
PLUS! This tutorial can also be split up to make two EXTRA projects. Plain scrunchies (because sometimes you might not want a bow) and plain hair bows (because sometimes you might not want a scrunchie)! The plain bow can be tied onto pretty much anything - hair tie, baby headband, clip, etc!
Here's what you need:
-fabric (Most of mine are cotton blends, but I'm using a stretchy knit in the tutorial. You can use pretty much anything besides heavyweight fabrics like denim or canvas!)
-1/4 inch ELASTIC (sorry I forgot to include it in the picture, oops)
First we need to cut out the pieces. You only need one piece for your scrunchie, and two pieces for your bow!
Cut one rectangle that measures 3.5" by 16". If you want your scrunchie thinner or fluffier, keep the length the same, but reduce or increase the 3.5" measurement by a bit. If you're just making a scrunchie, that's it! Skip ahead to the sewing instructions :)
Make a pattern for your bows, if you're planning on making more than one. (Trust me, you'll want to!) If not, you can just freehand them. I prefer using a pattern to make them even! I used scrap fabric to make my pattern, but paper would work just as well.
My bow pattern is about 9 inches long, and 2 inches wide at the widest point. The finished bow is about 5.5 inches wide. Adjust the measurements if you want a longer/shorter bow! It's easy to customize to your personal taste:) If you fold your fabric in half once each direction, you can cut a curve that is similar to this shape.
If you prefer, you can just fold your fabric once and make a kind of pointy petal shape that's the same on both sides.
3. Cut out your bow pieces! You need two of your pattern for each bow. I like to fold my fabric and cut both pieces at the same time, but you can definitely do them individually!
Once you have these pieces cut out, you're ready to sew.
You've got all the pieces ready to make three different things - just the rectangle for a scrunchie, the bow pieces for a bow, and both if you're making a bow scrunchie!
Time to sew your scrunchie!
Fold your rectangle in half, lengthwise, with right sides together. Sew along the long side with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance. You can pin your folded rectangle first if you'd like, but I find that it's small enough that it's easy to maintain the straight fold without pins! Plus, it's one less step ;) When you're done sewing, you should have a long, skinny tube that is open at both ends.
Turn your tube right side out. It should look something like this!
Now to thread your elastic through the tube. Your elastic should be 7 inches long. I like to put a safety pin on one end to have something hard to hold on to while pulling it through.
Make sure your other end doesn't get away from you while you're scrunching the fabric up!
Remove your safety pin, and stitch the elastic ends together! (Make sure it's not twisted before you sew it!) I find it easiest to use the zig zag stitch on your machine and just back-stitch several times over the ends to make sure they're super secure.
Tuck one of your tube ends in all the way around to hide the raw edge.
Tuck the raw edge into the side you've folded in, and stitch over the whole thing. You'll catch the elastic inside and make everything nice and secure! Also, don't worry if your stitching isn't perfect (like mine...oops! haha), it will never be seen, especially if you're adding a bow!
Ta-da! One perfectly adorable scrunchie.
Now let's make a bow!
Take the two bow pieces you've cut out, and line them up right sides together. Sew around the shapes with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and leave a space so you can flip it right side out!
Once it's flipped right side out, it should look something like this.
Tuck the raw edges from your flipping spot (what do I even call that? haha) inside so it looks nice and neat.
Stitch over the hole to close it.
That's it! Now it's ready to tie onto anything you can think of.
Easiest little accessory ever!
Tying your bow to a hair tie is a great option to add some flair to a bun or ponytail without the bulk of a scrunchie!
Okay, now let's put your two pieces together!
The best way to make your scrunchie look neat and like you bought it somewhere instead of DIY (ultimate goal, yes? ha), is to tie the bow over the seam! It makes the end product so clean and nice. I find the bow is tidier and easier to tie if you start by folding your seam in half, like this.
Layer your bow underneath the folded seam, just about in the middle.
Slowly tie in a plain ol' knot, so you can adjust the way it lays and the shape of everything as you tighten it.
Tuck the seam where you sewed the flipping spot (still cracking me up..sorry) inside the knot so you can't see it.
Pull everything taut, and you've got yourself a bow scrunchie!
Seriously jazzed about upping my 30 second mom-ponytail game and making it look like I took the time to tie a cute little scarf on it. Spoiler alert - I don't take the time to do things like that...hahaha
Now sew up yourself a pretty little pile of these! Once you're used to the construction, you can sew one of these up in just a few minutes. It's pretty addicting!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and I would also love to know if you make any for yourself! Thanks for reading:)
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