Learn How to Make a Scrunchie with a Bow the Easy Way Using this FREE Sewing Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial.
After perusing J.Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and even Target and being slightly shocked by the price tags, I decided to make my own and share all of my patterns with you for free!
Who doesn't love a freebie, right? Now you can be stylish at a fraction of the price!
If you’re looking for a great seller at craft shows and in your Etsy shops, this is it! It's also perfect for gifts!
The best part is each Scrunchie takes about 10 minutes to sew and costs fewer dollars to make! I love a good quick and inexpensive project.
Below, I've listed out all of the different options offered in this pattern along with photos so you can choose your favorite style.
This is the most basic scrunchie option you can make! It's perfect for throwing your hair up in a ponytail or wearing on your wrist.
Scrunchies with Short Bunny Ears
This version of my scrunchie pattern gives you a fun bunny ear variation. Did I mention this is my favorite style? I've made more of these scrunchies than I can count!
Scrunchies with Medium Bunny Ears
For a slightly larger bunny ear, choose this scrunchie style!
Scrunchies with Large Bunny Ears
Elevate your scrunchie style with this large bunny ear variation. It's beautiful in a rayon fabric or anything with some drape to it.
Scrunchies with Bows
Does it get any cuter than a scrunchie with a bow? I think not!
Scrunchies with Tails
Last but not least, this version is oh, so pretty! Perfect for dressing up an outfit with a fun pop of color.
Table of Contents
Download the Scrunchie PDF Pattern by CLICKING HERE
Download the Scrunchie SVG File (for Cricut) by CLICKING HERE
I created a video that will walk you through every step of the process, from what type of fabric to use and cutting out the pattern, to sewing the scrunchie. Watch it below!
- 1/4 Yard of Fabric (Velvet) (Rayon)
- 1/4 Inch Elastic or 1/2 Inch Elastic
- Large Safety Pin
- Fabric Glue
- Rotary Cutter
- Rotary Cutting Mat
- Sewing Pins
- Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine Needle
- Sewing Machine
- PDF Pattern
- SVG File (Cricut)
What Type of Fabric To Use To Sew A Scrunchie
These scrunchies can be made in a wide variety of fabrics. Each fabric will give the finished scrunchie a slightly different look.
For the basic scrunchies and scrunchies with short and medium ears, I recommend using a stretch velvet fabric. This gives it a nice, full look.
Recommended Fabrics; Stretch Velvet, Quilting Cotton, Voile, Chambray, Knit, Gauze, Silk,
For the scrunchies with large ears, bow and tails I recommend using a drapes fabric like Rayon. These patterns look best in a fabric that has some drape to it. You can determine if it’s a drapes fabric by holding it up and looking at the way the fabric lays.
Recommended Fabrics; Gauze, Silk, Rayon, and Voile.
Step One: Download the Free PDF Scrunchies Sewing Pattern
- Start by downloading the free pattern to your computer.
- Open the pattern in your PDF reader, I recommend using Adobe Acrobat. You want to avoid printing the pattern from your browser as it can cause the scaling to be off and the border lines to print incorrectly.
- Next, click on "Print" to open the print settings box. In the print settings, make sure the scaling is set to "Actual Size" or "Custom Scaling: 100%."
- Once printed, assemble the pattern by lining up the pink stars and lines of the pattern.
- Once you have the pattern taped together, cut out the pattern pieces along the lines corresponding to the scrunchie style you want to sew.
- *PRO TIP: If you plan on using this pattern multiple times, print it onto cardstock to create a sturdier template.
Step Two: Cut Out the Scrunchies
- The main scrunchie pattern is cut on the fold. Lay the fabric out on a table in front of you and fold it in half. Lay the pattern piece so that the short edge is aligned with the fold of the fabric.
- Pin the pattern piece in place and cut around the pattern.
- You should now have one long rectangular piece of fabric cut out for the main scrunchie. If you are making the bow version you should also have a front and a back.
- PRO TIP: If you have a Cricut machine you can use it to cut the template out of cardstock. If you have a Cricut Maker you can cut out the scrunchies on your pink mat with the rotary blade.
- Step Three: Sew the Long Sides of the Scrunchie
- Next, fold the scrunchie in half lengthwise with right sides together. Place a pin 1.5 inches in from either end along the raw edges.
- Pin the tail pieces with right sides together and pin around the raw edges of the fabric.
- Place more pins in between the first two pins to secure the raw edges of the fabric together.
- Take the scrunchie to your sewing machine and begin sewing at your first pin on one end. Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning!
- Stitch the long edge with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
- Stop sewing when you reach the last pin, backstitch, and trim your thread tails.
- There should be a 1.5" section unsewn on both ends of the scrunchie.
- Step Four: Sew the Scrunchie Tail
- With a 3/8" seam allowance begin stitching the tail together.
- Backstitch as you begin your seam, sew all the way around the fabric leaving a one inch opening for turning along the narrowest part of the bow.
- Trim the excess fabric cutting close to, but not through the stitching lines. This will allow you to get a crisp point once the tail has been turned right-side out.
- Flip the tail right side out through the one-inch opening along the narrowest part of the tail.
- Sew a ladder stitch to close the 1-inch opening or draw a small line of Beacon fabric-tac along the seam allowance of the opening to close it. Gently pinch the fabric together and let the glue dry.
- With a hot iron, press the tail along the seams.
- Step Five: Sew the Short Ends of the Scrunchie
- With the long edges of the main scrunchie sewn, we need to get the short ends right sides together so we can sew them next.
- Start by pulling one end of the scrunchie down into the tube, pulling it through until it reaches the other end. You can refer to the video for a clear demonstration of this.
- *PRO TIP: I like to use my loop turner for this. Push the end inside the tube a few inches, then reach in with the loop turner from the far side and hook the turned-in end. Then, simply pull the loop turner out, bringing the end of the fabric with it!
- If you don't have a loop turner, you can also hook a safety pin to the end of the fabric and work the safety pin through the tube until it comes out the other side.
- Next, pin the two short ends of the scrunchie together. They should be right sides together.
- *PRO TIP: It helps to pin the corners together first, then fill in the remaining length of fabric with pins.
- Sew the short ends with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Make sure to keep the fabric flat as you sew over it.
- This is what your scrunchie should look like after sewing the short ends together.
- Then, pull the two sides away from the seam. You now have a loop with a small opening along the edge.
- Step Six: Add Elastic to the Scrunchie
- It's almost time to add your elastic! But first, iron the scrunchie flat with the seam along either the top or bottom edge.
- Next, cut a piece of 1/4 inch wide elastic to 8.5 inches long.
- Attach a safety pin to one end.
- Insert the safety pin into the scrunchie through one side of the opening.
- Start working the safety pin through the scrunchie by pushing it further into the tube, then pulling the fabric over it.
- Once the tail end of the elastic is about to disappear into the scrunchie, use another safety pin to attach it to the fabric at the opening. You don't want to lose this tail or you'll have to start all over!
- Next, continue working the front end of the elastic through the scrunchie until the safety pin emerges from the opposite side of the opening.
- Remove both safety pins and pull both elastic tails as far out from the fabric of the scrunchie as possible.
- Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
- Take the scrunchie to your sewing machine and sew across the ends of the elastic several times with a zigzag stitch. Make sure not to catch the fabric in this stitching, keep it pulled forward and out of the way.
- *PRO TIP: While sewing the elastic ends together is the best and strongest way to secure them, you can tie the ends together tightly in a double knot instead if you're in a hurry or having trouble with this step.
- Step Seven: Finish the Opening in the Scrunchie
- Finally, close up the opening left in the side of the scrunchie with a ladder stitch using a hand sewing needle and thread.
- Another option is to close the opening with a line of fabric glue along the inside of the seam allowance - it's up to you!
- Step Eight: Tie The Tail to the Scrunchie
- Take the bunny ear tail and tie it in a knot around the scrunchie.
I can't wait to see what you make with this tutorial!
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