How To Make A Scrunchie With A Sewing Machine

Scrunchies are a timeless item of hair accessory, worn by children and adults alike. With a few supplies, some basic hand-sewing skills, and the help of a sewing machine, you can easily make your own custom scrunchies. In this article, we’ll be taking you through the simple steps needed to make your own scrunchies and show you all the fun and creative ways you can customize them.

The first step in making a scrunchie is to cut an 18-inch length of fabric. To do this, you can use a measuring tape to measure out the length of fabric and then use a pair of scissors or a rotary cutter to cut it. You can use any type of fabric you like; cotton, spandex or jersey are popular choices. If you’d like to make a patterned scrunchie, you can use a piece of garment-weight fabric, such as a t-shirt, a dress, or a pair of jeans.

The next step is to fold the fabric lengthwise and sew it together using a sewing machine. To do this, set your sewing machine to a straight stitch and sew the two ends of the fabric together. Make sure to backstitch before you start and end to make sure the seam stays intact. Once you’re done, turn the fabric right side out so the seam is on the inside.

Now that the fabric is sewn together, it’s time to make a loop. You can do this by folding the fabric in half so the two seams meet. Sew along the folded edge, leaving a 2-inch gap unsewn. Then, cut the scrunchie through the middle of the loop. Make sure not to cut through the seam. This will create two circles that are now connected via a seam.

Next, thread a piece of elastic through the gap in the seam. Make sure to leave a few inches of the elastic hanging out of the seam. Then, tie the two ends of the elastic together in a knot. Make sure the knot is tight and will not come undone.

Finally, sew the gap shut using a sewing machine. To do this, set your sewing machine back to a straight stitch and sew along the gap in the seam. Make sure to backstitch before you start and end to make sure the seam stays intact. Once you’re done, you’ll have a finished scrunchie!

Saving Time with a Serger

Although making a scrunchie with a sewing machine is a very simple and straightforward process, it can be time-consuming. To speed up the process, you can use a serger. A serger is a specialized machine that sews and cuts at the same time. If you have a serger, you can easily make several scrunchies in a fraction of the time it would take using a regular sewing machine.

To make a scrunchie using a serger, you’ll need to use the four-thread overlock stitch. To do this, feed the fabric into the serger and adjust the tension and stitch length. Once you’re done, the serger will automatically sew and cut the fabric as you feed it in. This makes it much faster and easier to make scrunchies than using a regular sewing machine.

After the fabric is sewn, you can then proceed with the same steps as outlined above to complete the scrunchie. You can also use the serger to attach the elastic, but be aware that this can sometimes be tricky.

Personalizing Scrunchies

Customizing and personalizing a scrunchie is a great way to make it truly unique and special. There are many different ways to customize scrunchies, from making a pattern with fabric paint or markers, to adding beads or sequins to the fabric.

You can also use fabric scraps to make patchwork scrunchies. To do this, cut out pieces of fabric into 1-inch squares and then sew them together. Once you’ve made the patchwork, you can fold it in the same way as outlined above and sew it together using a sewing machine or a serger.

If you’re feeling creative, you can even make custom-shaped scrunchies. For example, you can make a heart-shaped scrunchie by cutting out a heart-shaped piece of fabric and then sewing it together. You can also make scrunchie accessories, such as charms or clips. Additionally, you can use scrap fabric to make smaller scrunchies or hair ties.

Adding Elastic to Scrunchies

Once your scrunchie is complete, you can add elastic to make it fit your hair better. To do this, use the same method outlined above for attaching the elastic to the scrunchie. You’ll need to thread the elastic through the gap in the seam, leaving a few inches of the elastic hanging out. Then, tie the two ends of the elastic together in a knot. The elastic should be approximately 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) longer than the scrunchie. This will ensure that it fits securely, but not too tightly.

You can also use wider elastic to make a looser and more comfortable scrunchie. Additionally, you can make the scrunchie longer or shorter depending on how snugly you want it to fit your hair.

Adding Decorations to Your Scrunchie

The final step in making your scrunchie is to add decorations. This is a great way to add a personal touch and make the scrunchie truly unique. You can use fabric paint, markers, or fabric scraps to make patterns on the fabric. Alternatively, you can add beads or sequins for a more glamorous look. Additionally, you can use ribbons or lace to make beautiful decorative ties.

You can also use embroidery thread to make delicate and intricate designs. You can add initials, words, or symbols to your scrunchie to make it truly unique and special. Lastly, you can use fabric glue or an iron-on patch to add extra detail.

Care Tips for Your Scrunchie

Once you’ve finished making your scrunchie, it’s important to take good care of it. To ensure your scrunchie stays in top condition, always hand-wash it in cold water and lay it out flat to dry. Additionally, avoid using fabric softener or heat-setting the fabric. These can damage the elastic and cause it to deteriorate over time. Finally, make sure to store your scrunchie in a dry place.

Your scrunchie should last for years if you take proper care of it. With just a few supplies and a little bit of time, you can easily make your own custom scrunchies. Not only are scrunchies a fun and easy project, but they’re also a great way to add a personal touch to your hairstyle. So grab some fabric and get creative!

Mascara Scrunchie

Another popular way to make a scrunchie is to use mascara. This method is perfect for those who want to add a unique touch to their scrunchie. To make a mascara scrunchie, you’ll need to cover the elastic with a thin layer of black mascara. Make sure to evenly coat the elastic and let it dry completely before adding it to the scrunchie.

Once the mascara is dry, you can thread the elastic through the gap in the seam as outlined above. Then, use the same methods outlined above to finish the scrunchie. This method is great for giving your scrunchie a more subtle look. Additionally, it’s a great way to add some extra flair to a more formal hairstyle.

Safety Tips for Sewing Scrunchies

Sewing a scrunchie is a relatively safe activity, but it’s always a good idea to take safety precautions. Make sure to keep your fingers away from the needle and other moving parts of the machine. Additionally, wear safety glasses when threading or attaching elastic to the scrunchie. Lastly, always make sure to follow the instructions on the sewing machine and read the manual before use.

Sharing Scrunchies

After you’ve made your scrunchie, why not share it with friends and family? Sharing your handmade scrunchies is a great way to show off your skills, and it’s a lot of fun too. You can give your scrunchies to friends or family as gifts, or you can sell them online for a profit.

Making and selling scrunchies is a great way to make some extra money. You can even start your own business, making and selling scrunchies. Additionally, if you have a lot of friends with similar interests, you can host scrunchie-making parties and have everyone bring supplies and make scrunchies together.

The Different Types of Scrunchies

There are many different types of scrunchies you can make. You can use various fabric prints and colors to make unique scrunchies that are suited to any occasion. Additionally, you can make larger scrunchies to use as wristbands, or smaller scrunchies to use as hair ties. You can also use multiple colors of fabric to make a rainbow scrunchie. You can also make scrunchies with pom-poms, tassels, ribbon, or lace for a more decorative and eye-catching look.

No matter the type of scrunchie you choose, you’re sure to make something that’s both fashionable and functional. Making your own scrunchies is a fun and easy way to spruce up your hairstyle and add a personal touch to your look. So grab some fabric and have fun making your own scrunchies!

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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