Behold, the humble hair scrunchie! This fabric hair accessory has a somewhat contested reputation in fashion history, but there's no denying its practical use as a gentle hair tie and fun DIY sewing project. Whether you're planning a 90s throwback party or just want to wear something soft while sleeping, scrunchies whip up quickly and require very little fabric. Practice your skills from the Instructables Machine Sewing Class with a small batch of scrunchies.
For this easy sewing project, you will need:
Measure and cut a piece of elastic to match the circumference of your wrist. This does not have to be a very precise measurement; it's just important that you can comfortably handle the end product, and being able to fit it on your wrist contributes to goal. You may prefer to make smaller scrunchies at some point. Mine measures 6 inches (16cm) long.
Gently iron out any wrinkles in your fabric. Use steam with caution on satin and silk fabrics, as they may discolor.
Cut out a rectangle of fabric measuring about 3.5 inches (9cm) by 14 inches (36cm), or 2-3 times longer than your elastic. The length of the rectangle will affect how much the fabric is gathered in the final piece, so if you want a rufflier scrunchie, make the rectangle longer. If you want a broader scrunchie (navy velvet, anybody?), make the rectangle wider.
You can cut the fabric however you like, but I wanted to experiment with the fabric grain. I cut the orange silk with the grain (perpendicular/parallel to the woven fibers) with scissors, and I cut the cream satin fabric on the bias, or at a diagonal to the fabric's grain. Bias-cut fabrics, especially flowing ones like satin, drape differently than straight-cut pieces. This makes a huge difference in appearance on long things like dresses, but is also noticeable on a smaller scale in this project. Sewing bias seams can be a bit tricky because the fabric tends to warp, so I wanted practice.
Since the fabric shifts around a lot, I opted to cut the satin with a rotary cutter and ruler to get the most precise shape.