How To Make A Scrunchie Without A Sewing Machine

Preparing the materials

To make a scrunchie without a sewing machine, we’ll need some materials. Firstly, we need stretchy material such as an old t-shirt, a sock or knitted fabric. In this tutorial we will use a stretchy cotton fabric. Additionally, we need a strong thread – preferably of the same color as the fabric, a pair of scissors and a needle. Additionally, it is recommended to make use of tailor’s chalk for markings and a thin gauge of wire for a tighter grip.

Start by cutting two rectangles of the same length in the fabric. We recommend using a size of 14cm in length by 5 to 6cm in width – this will ensure the scrunchie is an ideal size. To make sure the rectangles are even in size, use the tailor’s chalk to make light lines and cut afterwards. The scraps of the fabric can be discarded.

Attach the thread to the needle, knotting the end securely. Make sure to double or triple knot it – this will prevent the thread from coming undone when pulled.

Strech Out

Lay each rectangle in front of you. Make sure the rectangles have the same side facing down. Start pulling one of the edges in half from the center to the end. Start from the center and keep pulling the edge half-way until you reach the end. Then, pull the other edge in half so it is close to overlapping. Your rectangles should now look like a tube. Make sure the edges are even on both sides. Use the tailor’s chalk to mark the overlapping ends and cut any excess threads if necessary.

Next, fold the tube in the middle. Once folded, use the tailor’s chalk to draw a line half-way from the fold. This will help you keep the middle from shifting when sewing. Now, fold the tube along the line markings. Take one needle in each hand and mark the fold by piercing them through the fabric from the outside.

Start from one side and sew along the lines. Don’t forget to knot the thread at the start and at the end of the sewing. This step allows you to position the scrunchie exactly where you want it. Sew along the line marking that you made with the tailor’s chalk, using small, tight stitches. You can make the stitches even tighter by adding a thin gauge of wire inside the scrunchie, if desired.

Tighten Up

Once the scrunchie is secure, use the thread to pull the overlapping ends together. This will help you double secure the scrunchie when sewing. Use small stitches, each approximately 2mm apart, to sew the sides together. Secure the thread with a knot, making sure it won’t come undone.

Now all that’s left to do is trim off any excess thread. For an extra secure hold, you can add a simple knot. Cut an additional thread the same length and tie it around the end of the scrunchie. Make sure to double knot the thread for extra security. Trim off any excess thread.

Finishing Touches

Finally, use the scissors to trim the edges to make them even. Once the edges are neat and even, we’re done! Congratulations, you just made a scrunchie without a sewing machine.

For a more stylish scrunchie, you can embellish it with ribbons, lace, or embroidery. You can also stick some decorative fabric on the scrunchie if you wish. You’ll be sure to impress with the professional-looking scrunchie you’ve just made.


If you’re short on time and don’t have access to the materials, there are other ways to make a scrunchie. One alternative is to use a strip of fabric and attach it to an elastic band or ribbon. Simply wrap the strip of fabric around the elastic and tie it securely. You can also glue the fabric to the elastic, if desired. Gluing is a great way to create a scrunchie without a sewing machine – it doesn’t need much time or effort!

DIY Projects

Making a scrunchie without a sewing machine is an easy DIY project that can be completed in just a few minutes. Using a few basic materials, you can quickly make your own custom scrunchie. You can even make multiple scrunchies, giving you the ability to mix and match different colors and styles. Additionally, you can give your scrunchie as a gift – people will love your creative talent!

Making a scrunchie is a great way to get creative and have some fun. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned crafter, you’ll be able to make your own scrunchie in no time. With a few simple steps, you can make a professional-looking scrunchie – no sewing machine necessary!


For this project, you will need to gather some materials. We suggest using a stretchy fabric, such as an old t-shirt or knitted fabric. Additionally, make sure you have a needle, thread, a pair of scissors and tailor’s chalk. Additionally, you may want to use a thin gauge of wire for a tighter grip or some decorative fabric or ribbons for extra flair.

Once you’ve gathered your materials, you’re ready to start making your own scrunchie without a sewing machine. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to make a professional-looking scrunchie in no time!


When it comes to designing your scrunchie, you have plenty of options. You can stick to the classic look or mix it up with a variety of colors and textures. Additionally, you can decorate the edges or use fancier fabrics such as velvet or satin. You can also embellish your scrunchie with lace, ribbons, or embroidery. There’s no limit to your creativity – the world is your canvas!

Additionally, you can purchase a ready-made scrunchie from shops or online. But why not take the time to make your own? With a few simple steps and some basic materials, you can make a unique, one-of-a-kind scrunchie. Plus, you can be sure that your scrunchie is made with love and care.


To ensure your scrunchie stays in good condition, it’s important to take proper care of it. Wash the scrunchie by hand, using cold water and a gentle detergent. Avoid machine-washing, as the fabric may stretch or shrink. Additionally, make sure to dry the scrunchie flat, away from direct sunlight.

You can also lightly iron the scrunchie to make sure the fabric is crisp and wrinkle-free. Avoid using steam, as this may cause the fabric to shrink. Additionally, store the scrunchie away from direct sunlight, heat, or moisture. These tips will ensure your scrunchie looks as good as new for as long as possible.

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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