Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie – Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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!

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

And this is what the shorter knot bow scrunchie looks like.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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!

Supplies

Large fabric scraps

¼” elastic

Safety pin

Dull pencil or wooden dowel (to turn a tube right side out)

Knot Scrunchie free pattern

 

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Turn right side out and press.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Top stitch close to the folded edge to secure.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Tie the bow around the scrunchie and you’re done.

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Don’t even try to stop at just one!!  Go ahead and sew up a stack of them!

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Easy Knot Bow Scrunchie - Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

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2 Comments

  1. Trammie October 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    What does cut 2 on fold mean? I’m excited to start making them for my girls! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    1. Orange Bettie October 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      So happy you’re gonna make some for your girls! I hope they love them!! Cut on fold means that you’ll need to fold over a piece of fabric so it’s two layers, and then line the edge of the pattern marked “fold” up with the fold of the fabric. Cutting on the fold creates a symmetrical shape. It saves time and also helps keep your shapes nice and symmetrical. To cut 2 on fold, you’ll start with 2 layers of fabric, folding both of them over and then lining the fold edge of the pattern up with the fold on the fabric. That’ll create 2 identical and symmetrical cut pieces.

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