DIY Hair Scrunchie Tutorial

Scrunchies are back in a major way (sorry, Carrie Bradshaw). From celebrity street style to fashion runways, scrunchies have become a highly coveted modern accessory. Make your own no-sew version in less than 10 minutes and customize it with your favorite fabric patterns and colors.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric, 1/4 yard
  • Elastic, 1/4 inch width
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Hot glue gun with fabric glue sticks
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  • I found this whimsical navy blue folk pattern featuring unicorns, rabbits and birds at the craft store. Thicker fabrics with heavier weights such as velvet or tweed will yield a scrunchie with better structure, but you can definitely experiment with different fabrics. These instructions are for a no-sew scrunchie; however, you could certainly sew the seams instead of hot gluing them.

Step 1

Cut a strip of fabric that is 4 inches wide by 20 inches long.

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Step 2

With the right side facing up, fold over 1/2 inch of fabric on one end and hot glue it in place.

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This will create a "finished edge" on one end of the scrunchie -- it'll come in handy later.

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Step 3

Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with the right sides facing together, and glue the open seam closed with fabric hot glue.

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Step 4

Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry, and then turn the fabric tube right side out.

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Step 5

Cut a strip of elastic that is 9 inches long.

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Step 6

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and insert it into the fabric tube.

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While holding one end of the elastic, use the safety pin to work the other end of the elastic through the tube.

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Step 7

Once you work the elastic all the way through the tube, hold the elastic on both ends and remove the safety pin. Then tie the ends of the elastic together in a tight double knot.

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Step 8

Fluff and scrunch the fabric around the elastic and then hot glue the raw edge of the fabric inside the finished edge to create a finished seam.

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Experiment and have fun choosing fabric in different colors and textures!

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