DIY | Easiest Scrunchie

Today I whipped up a headband and the rest of the material that is too small to be a headband went into my scrap pile. 

I have so many scraps that I keep because 1. I love the fabric and 2. I'm always thinking someday I'll use them for an appliqué or maybe a sleeve...I don't know why but I do. 

So now I have a huge mountain of scraps that is continually growing and rarely reducing UNTIL TODAY!

Yes, that's right, I have the easiest scrap busting project ever! 

Are YOU ready? Here we go!

(Rather watch the tutorial than read it? Check out the video tutorial here)

What you'll need:

1. A piece of fabric at least 18" X 4"

2. Three cones of thread - I like to use Woolley Nylon in my loopers. 

3. Hair tie

4. Scissors

5. Ruler

6. Clips or pins

7. Sewing Machine or a needle and thread for hand sewing

8. Safety Glasses - Look, I don't know about you, but I like to protect my eyes when using machinery, I suppose this habit was built into me during my brief stint as a marine machinist. 

9. A serger that is capable of doing a rolled hem

Tip: Use your manufacturers instruction for how to set your machine up to do a rolled hem...YouTube also is a great resource if you need help with rolled hems. Here's the setup I use on my Brother 1034D.


The first step is to cut your fabric into a rectangle that is 3 times the circumference of your hair tie. My hair tie is 6" in circumference so I'm going to cut my fabric 18" X 4". 

a pieces of rainbow mermaid scale fabric laying on a bright white background

Next fold your fabric in half with the right sides together. 

fabric folded right sides together on a white backdrop

Sew the fabric down the short end (shown by the black arrow) with a 1/2" seam allowance.

black hair tie wrapped over fabric

With the fabric wrong side out put the hair tie over the fabric. 

rainbow mermaid scale fabric clipped over a hair tie

Fold the fabric over the hair tie and clip the raw edges together. 

rainbow mermaid scale fabric clipped around a black hair tie

Now you will use your serger to sew a rolled hem around the circumference of the fabric.

 rainbow mermaid scale scrunchie

Thread your tails in and you're all done! 



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