Flashback to the 90s! Remember scrunchies? Useful like a regular ponytail, but so much fancier~
Scrunchies are quite simple to make, but after a disaster involving me and my first scrunchie-making endeavor in 8th grade, I have been too intimidated to attempt a rematch. Until now.
Brands occasionally make scrunchies (called chou-chou) but they are quite pricey! You can make your own scrunchie with some scrap fabric, spare lace, and leftover elastic! This project is also suitable for hand-sewing because it is small and quick.
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1) Cut out your pieces. The scrunchie fabric should be around 18" long at least, depending on how "scrunchy" you want it to be. The elastic is around 6-7". I make mine a bit bigger so I can wear it on my wrist too (just like in grade school!) The width is completely up to you! Don't forget your seam allowance
2) If you want to add lace trim, sew them to one piece on the right (fashion) side facing towards the middle (they will be turned out later) along the stitching line.
3) Pin the other piece on top right sides together. You will want to leave both short ends with a bit of seam allowance unsewn. In the photo, the red pins are the start and stop point.
4) Stitch, turn, and press.
5) Pin and stitch the short ends together on ONE layer only! I outlined the edges of both layers in the photo to show what I mean
When it is stitched, you should still have an opening:
6) This step is optional, but makes better ruffles, which I think is cute! Sew a channel in the middle of your tube wide enough for your elastic.
7) Thread your elastic through the center channel.
POINT! Elastic is easier to thread when you put a safety pin on the end!
8) Stitch the ends of the elastic together, and close the opening either by hand, or by turning in the raw edges and stitching on a machine.
Questions or Comments? Let me know in the comments below!