If you grew up in the 90s like me, then you are well acquainted with the scrunchie. I had a caboodle full of neon colors that matched perfectly with all of my outfits and even then, I must confess that I wasn’t always a fan. Scrunchies have made a recent comeback and are a trademark of self-proclaimed vsco girls everywhere 😉 Although, it took me some time to come around to the idea, the updated version of present times is growing on me and so here I am… making a scrunchie post, something I never thought I would do. A statement accessory once popularized by the stylish youth is now more luxe and sophisticated than ever. I decided to put my own spin on this trend and share the process with you. Read on for this easy DIY Scrunchies tutorial and five cute hairstyles with scrunchies!!
Easy DIY Scrunchies Tutorial
(without a sewing machine)
You’ll want to gather some fabric. I just used fabric scraps and whatever else I had on hand. I knew I wanted my designs to be feminine and luxe so I went for a color palette of pink, white and black to match my wardrobe and used fabrics like silk, tulle and lace but feel free to use anything you’d like.
You’ll also need:
- some thick hair ties or elastic
- a needle and pins
- a ruler or tape measurer
- optional embellishments
You’re going to start with your fabric of choice lying face down. Measure your fabric – you’ll want the length to be 16-18 inches long (or 40-45cm) but of course if you want to make it longer, feel free to do so. This is just a basic starting point. Now with your ruler or tape measurer, measure out 4 inches (or 35 cm) from the side of your fabric and mark with your chalk. Do this a few times until you start to see a line. Lay your ruler across the markings to connect them and draw a line with your chalk. When you’re finished, cut along the chalk line using your scissors. Trim off any raw or uneven edges.
I made multiple scrunchies so to save time, I just used the first piece of fabric as a guide for the others rather than measuring each one out individually. For the tulle, I pinned both pieces together and pulled them out as I cut. I used three layers of tulle.
I’m going to show you the hand sewing method because that’s my preference but you can also use a hot glue gun in the same way. You’re going to start out by threading your needle. You’ll want to use thread that is the same color as your fabric or at least similar in color. I only had white on hand so that’s what I’m using. Start wrapping your fabric around the hair tie. You’ll want the pretty side of your fabric to be facing the hair tie. You can simply scrunch it around the hair tie or use candle or cup to make it easier. If you use a candle or cup, then you’ll just place your fabric around it and secure with the hair tie in the middle. From there, you can begin folding over the fabric so it meets on each side. Secure the sides together with pins.
Before sewing, make a knot at the end of your thread. I suggest doing a running stitch which is just the basic in and out sewing stitch or doing a back stitch. If you’re doing the back stitch, you’re going to go down through your fabric and back up like a running stitch. Pull it all the way through until the knot touches the fabric. From there, you’re going to go slightly backward just before the knot and place your needle back through the fabric. Then you’re going to go in front of your previous stitch, bring the needle back up through the fabric and pull. Repeat this over and over until you’ve reached the end of your fabric. It should look like a straight line. The back stitch does take a little more time than the running stitch but I think it secures the fabric better. When you reach the end of your fabric, make a tiny stitch but don’t pull the thread all the way through. Place your needle through the hole and pull. Then make a knot and cut the remaining thread off.
Once it’s secured, flip the fabric inside out and trim off any loose strands. Take both end pieces and place one inside the other so it forms a tube. Flip the edge of the top piece of fabric inside so your raw edge isn’t showing. Since I don’t have thread that matches my fabric, I’m going to do an invisible stitch where I basically sew the inside of both pieces together gently weaving in and out to secure. Once you’re finished, make a knot and cut the remaining thread. Anddd… that’s it! Feel free to have fun with it by adding embellishments, bows, glitter, or anything else that makes your heart sing.
For a step-by-step visual tutorial, watch this short video:
And now that you’ve got some gorgeous scrunchies, here are a few easy hairstyles that I’m sure you’ll love!
5 Cute Hairstyles with Scrunchies
I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY Scrunchies tutorial!
Which of these scrunchies and hairstyles were your favorite?
Will you be making any of your own? Let me know below! <3
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