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**2022 UPDATE: I no longer recommend this blog post for making seamless scrunchies. I bought and deconstructed 13 scrunchies from stores to see how professional scrunchies are made. I created a new tutorial that reveals their methods for making seamless, professional-quality scrunchies. So I recommend reading that instead 🙂
Every few years, my family round up all their unwanted clothes for the bin. I hate the waste, so I like to see what I can refashion into something new.
I found this old plaid button-down shirt from our last clearout. It’s made from soft cotton flannel, so I decided to DIY it into seamless scrunchies and a baby dress.
In today’s post, I’m talking about how I made the scrunchies.
This is a great way to upcycle old clothing, especially for teens who want to “thrift flip” their own trendy scrunchies.
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This method is a less fiddly way of sewing a “seamless scrunchie”. However, there’s a lot of topstitching at the end.
I’m on the lookout for an even better method, so I’ll update this post when I find it. My plan is to take apart professionally made scrunchies to see how the pros do it!
In the meantime, here’s how I made seamless scrunchies:
Cut fabric & elastic
I’m using my free scrunchie pattern, which you can download from my resource library.
- Cut a rectangle of fabric. The measurements are 21 1/2″ x 3″.
- Cut 8″ of elastic. I’m using 1/4″ braided elastic.
Fold & sew
- Fold the rectangle in half.
- Sew along the raw edge, leaving a 2″ gap at the start and end. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn inside out & iron
- Attach a safety pin to one end and turn the tube inside out.
- Iron the scrunchie flat.
Sew into tube
- Pin the open ends together, with the good sides facing each other.
- Sew the ends together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Insert elastic through the gap. Tie the ends of the elastic.
- Try on the scrunchie and make sure it’s tight enough. I like it to hold my hair firmly with 2 wraps.
Close the gap
- Close the gap with topstitching.
Optional: make a bow
- Cut out 1 scrunchie bow piece. I’m using my free pattern available for email subscribers.
- Fold it in half.
- Sew along the raw edge, leaving a 1.5″ gap in the middle. Use a 2/8″ seam allowance.
- Cut notches around the curve and cut the seam allowance down, except the seam allowance in the middle.
- Turn the bow inside out. Poke the corners out.
- Topstitch the gap in the middle.
- Tie the bow onto the scrunchie. The end!