How to Sew a Scrunchie

Everyone's favorite '80s and '90s hair accessory has made a major comeback. Follow these simple steps to start your own scrunchie collection or make a few sweet gifts for your friends.

While fashion inevitably changes from decade to decade, there is one accessory that stands the test of time: the scrunchie. Made popular in the '80s and '90s, scrunchies still hold up today—and, best of all, you can make your own. Our chic scrunchie project can be made with just about any fabric, from silk to velvet, and a needle and thread. If you're a beginner, we recommend starting with cotton, which is an easier material to work with. Another tip: Sewing machines make the process quicker and give your accessories a more refined look. And if you're looking to brush up on your sewing skills or want test them against a few other DIYs, check out our favorite sewing projects.

What You'll Need


  • Fabric (we used silk, crushed velvet and cotton)
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle / thread
  • Safety pin
  • Elastic (1/4")


  1. diy scrunchie fabric strip and scissors

    Cut fabric into a 3-1/2 x 22-inch strip.

  2. diy scrunchie pin fabric

    Fold fabric lengthwise so it's inside out. Pin along the center.

  3. diy scrunchie sew straight line

    Sew a straight line across the edge. Remove the pins once you're done.

  4. diy scrunchie pull pin right side out

    Pull the strip right side out. Attach a safety pin at one end. Weave the safety pin through the inside of the tube, and pull it out through the opposite end.

  5. diy scrunchie elastic on safety pin

    Cut the elastic 9 inches, and attach the safety pin to one end.

  6. diy scrunchie thread elastic through with safety pin

    Thread the elastic through the tube.

  7. diy scrunchie tie elastic knot

    Remove the safety pin, and tie the elastic into a knot.

  8. diy scrunchie sew scrunchie close

    Fold in the edges to create an even seam, and tuck one opening over the other. Pin to hold the fabric in place, and sew straight across to join the two sides.

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