Today we have my daughter’s current favorite accessory… a scrunchie! These make amazing gifts, use very little fabric, and are quick to make, too. This one is a little different from our previous scrunchies in 3 sizes. This freebie has two options (a scarf or a bow option), and is constructed a bit differently from our basic scrunchie! The scarf option is shown below on the left, and the bow on the right. Both sacrf and bow are removable, so be can be added to different scrunchies!
I prefer to use a lightweight apparel woven with a soft drape for the scarf and bow pieces. It will make them drape really nicely. If you use a medium weight woven or a knit, it won’t look as crisp on the bow edges, and the scarf will be thicker.
A note about fabric: Lightweight apparel woven fabrics like crepe, rayon challis, poly chiffon, satin, poly blends, peach skin, voile, lawn, lightweight chambray, etc. work best with the scarf and bow. The main scrunchie can be made in a variety of woven or knit fabrics.
- Fabric – choose based on options listed below:
- 1/8 yard fabric for main scrunchie
- 1/2 yard fabric for scarf , OR 5/8 yard fabric for scarf + scrunchie
- 1/4 yard fabric for bow, OR 3/8 yard fabric for bow + scrunchie
- 7.5″ of 3/8″ elastic. I like to use knit elastic because it’s softer, but woven elastic works fine too. Note- you may want to adjust your elastic length depending on what kind of elastic you’re using and how thick/long your hair is.
LET’S GET STARTED!
1/4″ seam allowances included.
Step 1: PREPPING
Go grab the pattern here! The pattern is 100% free, but you do need to add it to your cart and checkout. Then, it will always be available to download from your account. The pattern is a no trim pattern; if you need help putting the pattern together, pop over to the faqs and troubleshooting page or ask in our Facebook group .
Print and assemble the pattern. There are 6 pages to print out. Pattern layout below:
The scrunchie is on page 3 if you want to print it alone, or you can cut a piece of fabric 4″ x 18″. Scarf pieces are on pages 1-4. Bow pieces on pages 4-6.
Cut 1 scrunchie piece on fold (or 4″ x 18″ if you don’t want to print the piece), and cut one piece of 7.5″ elastic. Note- you may want to adjust your elastic length depending on what kind of elastic you’re using and how thick/long your hair is.
Bow option: Also cut 1 bow piece on fold.
Scarf option: Also cut 1 scarf piece on fold.
Step 2- SEWING THE SCRUNCHIE– Psst need a video on sewing this scrunchie? Check out the YouTube video here!
Fold scrunchie in half widthwise. Stitch short ends together with a 1/4″ seam.
Now you’re going to burrito roll your scrunchie. Unfold your scrunchie and lay flat, with right sides together. Roll the top layer’s bottom edge toward center creased edge (pink below), with wrong sides together. Then, roll the top layer’s top edge toward the center creased edge (blue below). These two edges will now overlap in the center.
Make sure your rolled pieces are in the center of the creased edge (shown in white below).
Now, pull the bottom layer’s bottom edge up and over the rolled pieces in the center. Match the right sides and raw edge of the bottom layer’s top and bottom edges (yellow). You should have a rolled portion in between.
Begin stitching the scrunchie together with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the rolled pieces are as close to the creased edge as possible so you don’t catch them in the seam.
When you get to the point that you can’t stitch any more, gently pull the inside rolled pieces out and toward you. Then match the raw edges and make sure your rolled pieces are out of the way. Begin sewing again, gently pulling when needed. Leave 1.5″-2″ unsewn, so that you will be able to turn your scrunchie right side out. Press unsewn seam open. You can use an iron, or just finger press, depending on fabric choice.
Pull scrunchie right side out through the small opening that was left.
Insert elastic and thread through the scrunchie using a safety pin. Overlap the elastic edges by 1/4″, and zig zag over to hold in place.
Now it’s time to close the scrunchie. You have a few options: hand stitch closed, machine stitch closed, or topstitch around the entire scrunchie to close. Fluff fabric around elastic and set aside.
Step 3- BOW OPTION
Press bow piece in half lengthwise. With right sides together, stitch bow closed, with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave 2″ unsewn in the center of the bow.
Press seam allowance open at unsewn portion.
Turn bow right side out, pressing corners out. Once turned, press again to get crisp edges then stitch the unsewn portion closed. You can stitch by hand, with machine, or topstitch around all edges to close.
Tie bow piece around scrunchie, and enjoy! You can leave the tails long or tie in a bow.
Step 4- SCARF OPTION
Ready for the simplest steps? Hem edges of scarf. That’s it for this one 😉 You have several different options when it comes to hemming! You can roll hem the edges (with your machine or serger), you can hem by turning edges toward the wrong side 1/4″ and then another 1/4″ (shown in photo tutorial below), or miter the edges as shown here. Optional – finish edges of scarf with serger before hemming.
Press 1/4″ toward wrong side. Then, press another 1/4″ toward wrong side. Edgestitch hem in place.
You can roll, pinch, or fold your scarf around the scrunchie for different looks and lengths! You can also tie the scarf into a bow for a looser and more fluffy bow look.
I hope you and your little one love this one! I have found myself throwing these in my hair way more often that I thought. I love the scarf option in a low pony or bun for a little something extra. Add them to gifts for tweens, teens, teacher, girlfriends and everyone in between! I’ve heard they make a great option for craft fairs too 🙂
DECEMBER 1 – 12, 2019
DAY 1-FELT BREAKFAST SET
DAY 2-BIANCA BLANKET WRAP
DAY 3-BOW & SCARF SCRUNCHIE