In case you missed it, scrunchies are BACK! But don't buy them, DIY them with this free sewing pattern for a knot bow scrunchie.
This post originally appeared on Bombshell Bling.
I was shopping with my teenage daughter a few weeks ago, and – as always – she comes up to me while I’m paying for her stuff and shows me something else she wants. That day, what she wanted was a set of hair scrunchies. I looked at them and said, “You know I can make those, right?” She had no idea I could work such magic. Sometimes my sewing skills impress her.
It was a few weeks later before I had time to sit down and make them for her, but make them for her I did. Within an afternoon I had a whole pile of scrunchies for her. They’re so quick and so easy, I couldn’t stop with just one!
I’m kind of an overachiever so I added knotted bows to them. The knot bow makes it look like you took the time to tie a pretty little scarf, when all you did was wrap that scrunchie around your ponytail. All of the cute, none of the hassle.
I know people think that sewing for teens is tricky, but honestly I love sewing for my teen daughter! Read my best tips for sewing clothes that teens will love.
I’ve got a tutorial and free pattern for the knot bow scrunchie below! And for even more hair accessory sewing ideas, check out my roundup of DIY hair accessories for teens and adults.
The pattern includes two bow sizes – a longer bow and a shorter bow. I think the longer bow looks best out of lighter weight fabrics, while the shorter bow looks better out of fabrics that have more body to them. You could also omit the bow altogether and just make a plain scrunchie. Totally your choice.
This is what the longer knot bow scrunchie looks like.
And this is what the shorter knot bow scrunchie looks like.
They don’t take much fabric so check your scrap bin to see what you’ve got that could be sewn into pretty scrunchies. You can use just about any type of fabric for these scrunchies. Stripes, florals, gingham checks. Knits, cottons, silky fabrics. It’s all good when it comes to scrunchies. However you decide to make them, they’re quick and easy and sure to please your teen!
If you love scrunchies, I bet you're also gonna love my scrunchie barrette tutorial! It has the gathered fabric of a scrunchie, but on a barrette base instead of a stretchy ponytail holder.
Large fabric scraps
Dull pencil or wooden dowel (to turn a tube right side out)
Prep your pieces
Cut a rectangle of fabric 3” x 16”. Also cut 2 on fold of EITHER the Long Bowor Short Bow pattern pieces.
Sew the scrunchie
Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Stitch down one long side with a ¼” seam allowance.
Turn right side out and press.
TIP: I find it’s easier to turn a tube right side out if I stitch across one of the short ends and then use a wooden towel pushed into that closed end to turn it right side out. Then, once it’s turned right side out, I just clip off that stitched end. It makes my fabric tube about ¼” shorter but scrunchies don’t require precise measurements so that’s okay.
Cut 6.5” of ¼” elastic. Use a safety pin to push the elastic through the tube. The tube is longer than the elastic so it will have to bunch up. I like to put a second safety pin at the other end of the elastic to help keep it from sliding up into the tube.
Stitch the ends of the elastic together, close to the cut ends. I sew back and forth several times across the elastic to make sure it’s secured.
Turn under ¼” on one of the open ends of your fabric tube. Then, slip the other end of the tube inside, overlapping by ¼” or so.
Top stitch close to the folded edge to secure.
The scrunchie is finished! Now for the knotted bow…
Sew the knotted bow
Place the two bow pieces right sides together and stitch around all sides with ¼” seam allowance. Leave an inch or so to turn right side out.
Clip corners and curves, then turn right side out. The fastest way to do this is to turn it like a tube, using a dull pencil or dowel to push the ends of the bow through the turning hole.
Give it a good press with the iron. Then, press the seam allowances in at the turning hole and top stitch close to the edge to close the hole.
Tie the bow around the scrunchie and you’re done.
Don’t even try to stop at just one!! Go ahead and sew up a stack of them!