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Quick and Easy: Sew a Scrunchy | Madam Sew

Quick and Easy: Sew a Scrunchy | Madam Sew

Quick and Easy: Sew a Scrunchy

Hey! Scrunchies are a throwback to my childhood, I was born in 1978. I think I wore scrunchies when I was about 8 years old, somewhere in the mid ‘80s. Did you? One of my friends even had a scrunchy to match every outfit. My mom made some of the ones I wore, which made them a little more special. They are really easy and fast to make, even for a beginner.


So, let's be nostalgic and make some beautiful scrunchies!

There are a lot of tutorials to make scrunchies, and most of them just sew a tube and close the short ends by machine stichting the 4 layers of fabric. This results in a flat part in your tube that isn’t pretty. With the method I'm showing you here, there is no visible topstitching to close the tube. I decided to go for the more professional finish. There is a little more hand stitching involved, yes, but it remains a very easy and beginner friendly project.

You can use rich fabrics like velvet and silk, but also t-shirt knits or plain cotton. It's perfect for a little diy gift for a girl, and you can use your beautiful fabric scraps!


    • Fabric, 19 inch x 4 inch for a regular scrunchy. If you want an XL scrunchy, you need 24 by 6 inch.
    • 8 inches of 1/4 inch wide elastic – make this 9 in if your hair is really thick. You can turn it 2 times around your ponytail with this elastic length.
    • Matching thread

Tools: scissors or a rotary cutter + mat, your sewing machine, pins or clips, a hand needle, an elastic threader or a safety pin


1. Cut your fabric. You need a long strip of 19 by 4 inch. I was so enthusiast and couldn’t decide which scrap I liked better so I immediately cur 4 pieces :-)

cut your fabric

2. Fold this fabric strip in half, lengthwise, right sides facing, iron the crease or/and – if you want – pin down. For these small ironing jobs I’m using a wool pressing mat and my precision iron.

3. Stitch the long edge at ⅜ inch seam allowance and leave a 1 inch gap, backstitch at both ends. This gap is the turning hole. Position the gap closer to one end, not right in the middle of the strip. If you are using very thick fabric, make the gap a little bigger.

stretch the long edge
1 inch gap

4. Insert one end of the tube (the part with no gap) into the other half of the tube. I find it easiest to push the fabric through from the middle of the tube. Pull it through until it peeks out at the other end. Make sure that the seams and the raw edges match up, and the turning hole remains on the outside. The right sides are facing each other on the inside of the tube.

insert one end of the tube
pull it through

5. Now the hand stitching part begins. Thread a hand needle and hand sew the 2 short raw ends together. This circle is too small to use your sewing machine. This means you are sewing a circular seam, sewing 2 layers together. I used a hand backstitch stitch to close this seam. Make your stitches nice and tight for a professional look.

hand stitch
sew 2 short raw ends

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6. Now reach into the gap and turn the scrunchy right side out. You should now have a ring shaped fabric piece with an opening in the long seam.

7. Feed your elastic through the opening in the ring with an elastic threader or safety pin. Hold on to the other end of the elastic or pin it down so you don't lose the elastic inside the ring.

8. Stitch the ends of the elastic together with a hand stitch or a quick zigzag stitch under your sewing machine.

stitch the ends of the elastic

9. Now close the gap with an invisible hand stitch. Fold the seam allowances in and iron them flat, before you start sewing. I’m using my brand new precision iron for these small ironing jobs. Check out this new tool in our store!

If you want more information on how to sew an invisible hand stitch, check out the ladder stitch tutorial we published two weeks ago.

10. DONE !

Done Scrunchie

That wasn’t so hard, right? How much time did it take to make one? Don’t forget to share your makes on our social media channels. We love to see what you are all making!

You know what? You can use the same method for infinity scarfs and headbands, too! Who is trying it?

Happy sewing!


Click HERE to download the PDF of this tutorial.

1 comment

  • I made these by the bag full when my youngest daughter was in high school 70’s-80’s. When she got married and I altered the bridemaids dresses, I used remaing pieces for matching scrunchies. They loved them. No one’s asked for them since. Guess the remaining ones need to be passed around for another go around.

    Jeannette Cyr

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