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DIY How to Make a Scrunchie + 6 Variations to Wow Everyone

While for some of you those DIY scrunchies are the current trend, for some of us these are a blast from the past! I whipped up a ton in no time and wanted to share with you how to make a scrunchie at home.
Even though the ’90s were well over 30 years ago, the remnants of that unique pop culture are still alive and kicking. Especially when it comes to fashion. When I look at some of my old stuff from the late ’90s that survived to this date, I can’t help but not notice that similar things are what’s “in” recently.

Like these scrunchies for example. Wearing one of them nowadays would definitely strike the mark in a fashion sense. Honestly, it’s not surprising, considering how practical and cute they are and how they fit with almost any clothing combination. That is why I just love making all kinds of scrunchies whenever I can. Not to mention how fun and easy they are to make. I’ll start out by showing you how to make a basic scrunchie, then I’ll show you six different upgrades.

How to sew scrunchies or hair ties with a clean look:

Supplies to sew scrunchies

This project is a real treat for all sewing enthusiasts. It’s very simple and quick, and it costs close to nothing to make. That means you don’t need much stuff for it. You will need:

  • one strip of fabric – 18″ x 3.5″ for a regular scrunchie, 16″ x 2″ for a mini scrunchie (cotton, velvetsatin or silk all work well )
  • 1/4″ elastic – 7-8″ long
  • matching thread
  • pins
  • a safety pin (or tube turner)
  • rotary cutter and a cutting mat, or scissors if you prefer using them for cutting
  • an iron and its board
  • a sewing machine or just needle if you are handsewing


Scrunchies pattern download (PDF)
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If you don’t have a printer – don’t worry. No drawing or designing is necessary, the pattern for the scrunchie is a simple rectangle, so you can just measure and cut away.

How to sew a scrunchie – step by step:


Watch the diy scrunchie video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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PREPARATIONS: Choose the fabric and cut pattern

  • FABRIC: Before you start making your scrunchie, you need to decide which fabric you will be using. The final look of your new hair accessory will be slightly different with different fabrics. Because of this, some scrunchies tend to look better when they are made from a specific type of fabric. For example, I prefer my scrunchies in their basic forms, and those tend to look best when I make them from stretch fabric. Models with short or medium ears are also like this.

Scrunchies that have large accessories like ears or bows end up the best when you use drapes to make them.

Now that you know everything you need to as far as preparations go, you can move on to the creation process of the 90’s style hairband.

  • PATTERN: Download the fabric and print it at 100% (no scale). Don’t print from the browser but save the file and open it up in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe reader and print from there.

STEP 1: Cut the fabric

Use the pattern you downloaded and printed out and place it on top of your fabric. The fabric must be folded in half first and the short edge of the pattern needs to be aligned with the fold of the fabric. Pin the pattern in place and start cutting around it.

STEP 2: Pin the fabric

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and pin everything in place.

STEP 3: Stitch

Sew all around about inch and a half away from the edge, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave another inch and a half at the end unsewn. Reinforce all stitching with a backstitch so that the seams don’t come apart later on.

STEP 4: Line up short edges and sew them up

Push the fabric inside itself to line up the unsewn edges with each other. Basically, just scrunch it up and wrinkle it a bit. Now the right sides should be facing each other, so if they do, pin them in place and sew along that short edge.

Step 5: Turn right side out

Flip the whole thing inside out by pinching it and pulling it through.

STEP 6: Add the elastic

If your hair is a bit wild and heavy like mine, use a half-inch elastic. A quarter-inch one won’t be able to keep it in check, that one is more suitable for lighter hair. Cut the elastic down to eight inches and pull it through the scrunchie. You can do this by pinning its one end with a safety pin and then putting it through the hairband. Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch them to each other either using a zig-zag stitch or by straight stitching the ends back and forth few times.

STEP 7: Finalize the scrunchie

Stitch the opening closed or use glue to close it by applying a bit of it on the edge and pinching it a bit before you let it dry.

STEP 8: (OPTIONAL) Make the bow

8.1. Making the bow is very similar to making the scrunchie, so you’ll likely breeze through it.

8.2. Print, cut and tape the bow pattern.

8.3. Fold the fabric, place the pattern on fold and cut it

8.4. Fold the fabric lengthwise and pin it. Make sure to leave a 2 inch gap for turning. I’d like to mark mine with double pins so I don’t skip it when sewing

8.5. Stich the bow and don’t forget to leave the gap

8.6. Turn the whole thing around through the opening. Use something pointy for turning and pushing the corners out – if you don’t have a turning tool a pencil or your scissors will do the job.

8.7. Press with an iron

8.8. Topstitch as close to the edge as possible. Topstitching the scrunchie bow will also close the opening

8.9. Now tie the bow around the hairband. I like to put mine where the stitching is as it looks better and more professional

That’s it, your scrunchie is ready for action now!

DIY Scrunchie Variations

Another neat thing about these scrunchies is the fact that they are easily customizable. With just a few alterations in the creation process, you can make entirely different variations of hair ties. Take a look at these eight cute versions of scrunchies and try making all of them by yourself.

  • Mini scrunchie

This one is made almost exactly like the one we just covered in this tutorial. The only difference is in the size of the fabric you will be using, as for the mini scrunchie you will need 16″ x 2″ strip of fabric. Also, you can make bunny tails, or just leave the scrunchie as it is. You don’t need glue either, just stitch instead of using the glue.

  • Scrunchie from two fabrics

For this type of scrunchie you will have to cut two smaller pieces of different fabric and stitch them together right sides facing each other. The fabric pieces should be about wide two inches and a quarter, and eighteen inches long. Press the seams open after sewing and proceed until the end as if it were the basic scrunchie.

  • Scrunchie with lace / ribbon / white fabric on the edge

Take a nineteen-inch lace and put it inside the scrunchie fabric before you fold it right sides on each other. Let it extend about one inch on each end of the scrunchie. If the lace curls, you can keep it in check by applying a baste stitch on one end. Then continue normally and stitch the seam. Keep the seam on one side, not in the center. Turn the whole thing inside out and add elastic like you would for the basic model. When folding the raw edges in, fold tuck in the lace as well. Stitch everything and you’re done.

Scrunchie with white fabric utilizes the same process the one for the lace variation. The only difference is the white fabric you stitch onto the edge.

  • Scrunchie with a bow

Make a basic scrunchie first. Then download this pattern. Cut two pieces of fabric using the pattern and stitch them together, right sides facing each other. Leave a two-inch opening to turn the thing through it. Clip the corners twice, the second time at an angle. Turn the bow inside out, press it and stitch the opening shut. Tie the bow around your scrunchie.

  • Scrunchie with short or long bunny ears

This variation is practically identical to the one this article was about. The only difference is in the ears. Instead of making bunny tails, you make bunny ears, which is basically the same thing just a tad different in shape and size. Scrunchie with long bunny ears is identical to the short bunny tails kind but you just make the ears longer. Surprising, right?

  • Scrunchie with tails

Use the pattern to cut out a long or short tail for the scrunchie and sew it exactly as you would sew the scrunchie minus the elastic. Tie it around the scrunchie and you are done!

There you have it – making a scrunchie in 7 different ways. There is no reason why not to sew yourself some to match your outfits and sew some for your besties as well. Scrunchies make fantastic gifts!

Now show me the scrunchies you made. Make sure you follow me on Pinterest, tag me and share your makes!


Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 28 comments
Joanne - May 14, 2020

I remember making scrunchies back in high school! My mom was a seamstress so we always had fabric scraps on hand and I loved to whip up matching hair accessories for any pieces of clothing she made for me too.

    Helen - May 16, 2020

    Yay! We had sooo many scrunchies back then! I loved them all

Michelle - May 15, 2020

These are so pretty! I love the ones with the bow. I went through some scrunchies back in the 90’s. I’m glad they’re coming back!

    Helen - May 16, 2020

    Yay! I love them, too.
    I’m so excited the scrunchies are back into fashion

My Amazing Ordinary World - May 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing this I’m going to have to give these a try for my daughter!

    Helen - May 16, 2020

    Definitely give them a try. I’m sure she’ll love them

Julie - May 16, 2020

What a great tutorial, I used to love making scrunchie when I was a teenager in the 80’s, it’s nice to see them having a come back. This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday this week 🙂

Nina Lewis - May 16, 2020

I LOVE the variations of these scrunchies! They add pizzaz! My granddaughter is learning how to sew and I’ve taught her how to make scrunchies. I’m going to show her these ideas. I’m sure she’ll love them!

I’m going to feature this at our next Party in Your PJs on my Grandma Ideas site. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea — and for participating in our link party!

Michelle - May 18, 2020

Excellent tutorial!

Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

    Helen - May 19, 2020

    Thank you for the kind words and for hosting this great party, Michelle!

Life Diet Health - May 19, 2020

What a great thing for people to do whilst in lockdown! I actually still have a scrunchie but only use it when my hair is wet to allow it to dry before pinning it up. You actually reminded me that when I was at college in the early 1990’s we actually set up a business selling scrunchies as a project!!! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

    Helen - May 19, 2020

    I love your business mindset back then! I selfishly did most for myself when I was young. Good times!
    Oh and being in lockdown doubled my productivity and I have so much more time for crafting.
    There is always a silver lining, isn’t there?

Shelbee on the Edge - May 19, 2020

I was trying to resist the scrunchy trend, but I just ordered two packs of them because they are so much gentler on your hair! If I was crafty enough, I totally would have made my own instead. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing and linking up.


    Helen - May 19, 2020

    Oh Shelbee, these are so easy, even for you non-crafty people. By the way, you can use a glue instead of stitching the scrunchie and it will hold up well!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - May 20, 2020

Definitely a blast from the past for me! I’m glad to see they are back. Great tutorial and thank you for sharing again this week at #HomeMattersParty

    Helen - May 21, 2020

    I love how fashion trends come back. Thank you for the kind words and hosting Home Matters – I love it

Helen Copson - September 15, 2020

This is definitely a blast from the past! I used to love my scrunchies! #KCACOLS

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie - September 17, 2020

You make it look easy enough that I could even try these! 🙂

Thanks for sharing and linking it up with us on the Embracing Home and Family link-up party. I hope you link-up with us again tomorrow!


    Helen - September 18, 2020

    These scrunchies are the easiest. You definitely have to give them a try!

Rosie Doal - September 18, 2020

I can’t believe how scrunchies are back in such a big way. I’ve always loved them because they’re so much better for your hair. My dad used to make mine when I was younger! I’ll have to use your method to make some for my daughter! #KCACOLS

    Helen - September 18, 2020

    I’m thrilled that they are back! I need to make myself some more and make few to give. thank god they sew up so fast

Naush Samama - September 21, 2020

I love your scrunchies.
Thank you for linking with us at Meraki Link Party.

    Helen - September 23, 2020

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. I love sharing my projects with your readers!

Malin SenLearningWithPenguin - September 24, 2020

This is a lovely bit of nostalgia for me, as I used to make my own scrunchies in the late 80’s, when I was a tween/young teen 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS, I hope you come back again next time x

    Helen - September 24, 2020

    Yeah, I’m so glad the scrunchies are back. This week I’m making a fresh batch of scrunchies to give as part of Christmas presents

Ali Duke - September 25, 2020

The scrunchies look really pretty. I knitted one a couple of months ago for my daughter, she loves it.

    Helen - September 26, 2020

    Thank you, Ali. That’s very sweet of you. I’m sure your daughter appreciates it

Kim Dalton - November 10, 2021

Has to be the most excellent DIY scrunchie guide ever! Well done!


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