Scrunchies! Which 90s girl didn’t have at least a few of these? I remember how much I loved scrunchies — especially the colourful, velour ones. I have good memories of how my sister and I would stand at the accessories shop picking out the ones in our school colours, just so we could wear them every day. In the past couple of months, we’ve seen a bit of a revival on these once beloved hair accessories. And I am all for it.
As I shared previously, I recently picked up embroidery and have been flexing my skills making small projects and gifts for my friends. As I snip, snip, snipped away at my fabric, I was soon left with several odd lengths that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Until it hit me — why not scrunchies? A quick Google search brought me to an array of how-tos. So after some trial and error, here is my tutorial on how to make your very own embroidered scrunchie!
In this tutorial I’ll be teaching a very simple stitch, the French Knot. You can do as many or as little knots as you’d like. Or if you like the one I did, I created a pastel rainbow of knots going all around the scrunchie.
You will need:
- Fabric. I used a cotton-linen blend which gave me a more structured shape. For embroidering you need a fabric that isn’t too stretchy. If you’re not planning on embroidering it, you can use any fabric you’d like!
- A needle and some coloured floss
- Sharp scissors
- Safety pin
1. Start by measuring out your fabric. The length should be 22″ long and for the width minimally 3.5-4.5″ long. The width determines how “puffy” and oversized your scrunchie will be.
2. Fold your material in half, lengthwise. You will only need to embroider on half of the material, as the bottom half will not be visible when wearing the srunchie. But if you like, you can also choose to embroider the entire piece.
3. You can sketch out your design at this point. I highly recommend using a Frixion pen as it can be removed with heat, so you can remove the marks with a hairdryer later! I personally did not sketch a design and added the dots freestyle.
4. To create a French Knot:
- Thread your needle (I used 2 strands of floss) and knot the ends. From the bottom, push your needle through the fabric.
- With one hand holding on to the floss that came through the fabric and another on to the needle, hold the needle at a 90 degree angle to the floss.
- Wind the floss around the needle twice. Continue holding on to the floss to prevent it from uncoiling!
- Re-enter your needle close to, but not exactly on, the original exit point. Pull it all the way through and there you have it, your knot! (I recommend trying out the dots on some scrap fabric first as it can be a little tricky the first time!)
5. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can add dots anywhere on your fabric! Do this until you are satisfied with how it looks.
6. If you’re done with the embroidery, fold the fabric in half. Pin it close with pins (if you have them) and stitch it close on the edge, inside out.
7. Pull the strip right side out.
8. Trim your elastic about 9″ long and attach a safety pin on one end. Now you can thread it through the strip!
9. Knot your elastic. If you prefer your scrunchie more scrunched up, you can knot it closer. Trim off the excess.
10. Now, we are going to sew the scrunchie close. Fold the edges down and start sewing small, straight lines to hold the edges together. I personally like the raw stitch marks so mine are a little bit bigger. But if you prefer it smaller you can too!
And that’s it! This little project took me a couple of days (on and off) to complete. I normally like to do it while watching something on Netflix as I rest. Have fun with your handmade DIY scrunchie!