DIY fabric hair ties (scrunchies)

The fabric hair ties, you may also know as scrunchies, are a stylish way to get your hair out of your face. In recent years, they have become super popular (again) and can be found in various colors and sizes in the market. Apart from the fact that scrunchies are super snazzy, they are gentle with hair.

And what’s even better? We can make them ourselves! We can use old fabrics, leftover pieces from clothing pieces we have cropped, or clothes that no longer fit. Anyhow, DIYing scrunchies is super easy and cheap! It can take us from 15 to 30 minutes and cost from 0 to 2 euros *. Such a steal!

* Depending on the available materials.

Scrunchies can be monochrome, plaid, polka dotted, metallic or velvet. They can be fluffy or not, oversized for jazzier looks or toned down for your everyday shenanigans. I have made about 20 scrunchies to test which size is best to share with you.

You will need :
  • Fabric. We can experiment with every fabric imaginable! 🙂
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler
  • An iron (if the fabric is creased)
  • A needle and a thread
  • A sewing machine
  • A piece of flat elastic (5 mm)
  • Thin pins
  • 2 safety pins

As I mentioned before, I experimented with different sizes and fabrics. The dimensions I suggest are suitable for a fluffy and luscious scrunchie. By adjusting the length and width of the piece of fabric, you can create different sizes.

Instructions :
  1. Cut the fabric (80 x 17 cm)
  2. Cut the elastic (20 cm)
  3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise.
  4. Pin the folded edge of the fabric. Make sure to secure both sides of the fabric.
  5. Using the sewing machine, sew the entire length of the fabric.
  6. Using a safety pin, turn the fabric inside out so that the seams are inwards. If you don’t have a safety pin handy, you can do it with your fingers instead.
  7. It’s time to put the elastic.
  8. Once the elastic is through on both ends of the fabric, sew it with a double thread.
  9. Once you sew the elastic, sew the ends of the fabric together.
Your first scrunchie is ready!

And now that you got the hang of it, you can practice and perfect your technique by making more scrunchies with all the fabrics you have laying around! Yaaay!

So, what do you think? Will you try to make your own version of a perfect scrunchie?

I’m here for you if you need anything!

See you soon,


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