Sunday, 3 February 2019

DIY - How to sew your own hair scrunchie

Scrunchies are BACK in a big way!

You might have noticed this trend emerging last year so I can happily tell you hair accessories are even bigger for this year and here to stay so get ready to channel your inner 90's and Rachel from FRIENDS look with a DIY tutorial on how to sew a scrunchie of your own.

I have always been rather obsessed with hair accessories so am very excited to jump on board with this trend. Not only are scrunchies fashionable but they're also a brilliant way to use up your fabric offcuts and scraps. If you're new to sewing or just a beginner this is the perfect easy beginner project to get started with. If one of your goals for this year is to start sewing more and even sew your own clothes you might also enjoy reading this post here where I share some of my top tips to get started.

Another great benefit to using hair scrunchies as fashionable as they are they are also much better for your hair than using hair elastics. The reduce breakages and if you opt for a silk scrunchie there's nothing more luxurious and kind to the hair. Especially good if you have thin or thinning hair. One of my personal goals for this year is to up my self care routine - which I easily neglect in favour of deadlines and saying yes to everything - so i'm kicking of February in the right direction with this DIY sewing project. 
Goal two - Matching scrunchies to my outfits here I come!

You will need:
  • Fabric scraps (I used a 53cm x 18cm rectangle)
  • Elastic (This works best when it is roughly wrist width add a 1 cm overlap. I used a 6mm wide by 18cm piece)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Matching Thread
  • Pencil or invisible marker pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety Pin
Step one
Cut your chosen fabric and elastic to the desired measurements.

Step two
With right sides together pin and sew the long sides together with a 1.5 cm seam allowance leaving a 5cm gap on either side.

Step three
Turn the fabric tube right side out. Align the short edges and sew the seam up.
Step four
Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic length and feed through the fabric tube. 

Step five
Overlap the elastic edges by 1cm, pin and stitch together securely. I use a wide zig zag stitch or hand stitch together.

Step six
Close the open seam. Turn the open edges in towards the elastic, pin and sew the gap closed using a machine top stitch or invisible hand stitch. I prefer the later as it's neater and tend to use a machine if I have a few on the go or a really good matching thread.

*If you're an advanced sewist why not try making a matching on contrasting colour piping and sewing this along the centre seam at step 2.*

I hope you've enjoyed this quick DIY sewing project. Leave me a comment below if you'd like me to share a tutorial for a bow scrunchie next. I'm not sure about you but i'm addicted to sewing these and have a whole lot of fabric scraps i've finally found a use for. They also make great gifts for your galentines and palentines this Valentine's season. After all February is the month of love so why not share some with your favourite humans.

If you'd rather buy a scrunchie and aren't ready for a sewing project just yet see my top scrunchie pick below. I have a few of these already and love them!

For more DIY sewing and printmaking projects and lots of inspiration get your hands on a copy of my book
How to Print Fabric.

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