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Everyone’s favorite hair accessory from the ’80s and ‘90s is making a major comeback. But you don’t have to spend a lot to indulge in the craze. Follow these simple steps to start your own collection, or to make sweet gifts for your girlfriends.

diy scrunchies

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart


These stylish scrunchies can be made with just about any fabric, from silk to velvet. If you’re a beginner, we recommend starting with cotton, as it’s an easier material to work with. Another tip: Sewing machines make the process quicker and give a more refined look. And if you're looking to brush up on sewing or in search of additional fun DIYs, check out our favorite sewing projects here.


  • Tape measure

  • Fabric (we used silk, crushed velvet and cotton)

  • Fabric scissor

  • Pins

  • Elastic (1/4")

  • Safety pin

  • Needle / thread


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

    diy scrunchie fabric strip and scissors
  2. Fold fabric lengthwise so it’s inside out and pin along the center.

    diy scrunchie pin fabric
  3. Sew a straight line across the edge and remove pins once you’re done.

    diy scrunchie sew straight line
  4. Pull the strip right side out. Attach safety pin at one end and weave the pin through the inside of the tube and pull it out on the opposite end.

    diy scrunchie pull pin right side out
  5. Cut elastic nine inches and attach pin to one end.

    diy scrunchie elastic on safety pin
  6. Thread the elastic through the tube.

    diy scrunchie thread elastic through with safety pin
  7. Remove the pin and tie the elastic into a knot.

    diy scrunchie tie elastic knot
  8. 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.

    diy scrunchie sew scrunchie close

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