DIY HAIR SCRUNCHIE

(That’s right, I said SCRUNCHIE)

They’re baaack! This hot hair re-trend has topped the heads of runway models in shows from hip taste-makers Marc Jacobs to Missoni – with nary a set of hyper-teased bangs to be seen – and celebrities are hopping on the scrunchie bandwagon. (No, I’m not talking about Jennifer Aniston, although, you can bet she has a stash of Friends-era scrunchies hidden away somewhere. And she is pregnant….)

Selena Gomez launched her scrunchie’d hair-do on the David Letterman show.

Selena Gomez rocks the scrunchie. via Getty Images

Selena Gomez rocks the scrunchie. Image via Hollywoodfife.com

 

Prince Harry’s girlfriend loves hers.

Prince Harry's girlfriend model Cressida Bonas rocks her scrunchie a lot.

Prince Harry’s girlfriend model Cressida Bonas rocks her scrunchie a lot. Image via buzznet.com

 

And JLo could be wearing hers RIGHT NOW.

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JLo loves a good scrunchie. Image via okmagazine.com

 

 

From iconic to ironic? Maybe. The question remains: do you dare rock yours?

 

No matter which side you take in the Scrunchie Style Debate (don’t get too excited, PUT DOWN THE BANANA CLIP) these hair accessories make great fabric stash busters and definitely come in handy to tame summer hair. Make your own scrunchies with this simple tutorial – one fat quarter will make 3 regular-sized scrunchies plus 1 skinny mini scrunchie – make one for a friend and share the shameful pleasure:)

*This tutorial was made possible using the Brother NX2000 Laura Ashley sewing & quilting machine.

The Brother NX2000 Laura Ashley sewing and quilting machine

The Brother NX2000 Laura Ashley sewing and quilting machine

You Will Need:

Scrap fabric 12cm wide X 50 cm long

Elastic cord 10cm

Coordinating thread, scissors, pins

Safety pin

 

*Always prewash fabric before use.

*Use a 1cm (3/8-inch) seam unless otherwise noted.

* Begin and end all seams by reversing a few stitches to reinforce the seam.

 

Here’s How

  1. Fold fabric in half with right sides facing and short ends together and sew along short side. step1
  2. Iron seam flat.

    iron seam open

    iron seam open

  3. Fold inside top fabric edges of tube together and hold down with one finger.

    fold top layer into the middle

    fold top layer into the middle

  4. Fold outer bottom edge over inside fold to meet top raw edge. Pin without catching inner layers and sew.
    Step 4

    Fold bottom edges together over the middle fold

    Start sewing the tube

    Start sewing the tube

  5. When you reach the edge of your tube, simply pull more tube out from inside and keep sewing.
    pull more tube out from the inside and keep sewing along top seam

    Pull more tube out from the inside and keep sewing along top seam

    Leave a 5cm (2 inch) gap at the end and pull your scrunchie right side out through the gap.

    Stop sewing 5cm from original seam

    Stop sewing 5cm from original seam

    Turn right side out

    Turn right side out through the gap

  6. Use a safety pin through the end of your elastic to feed the elastic through the fabric tube.
    feed elastic through tube

    Feed elastic through gap in tube

    Either tie the elastic ends together in a knot or overlap the ends and sew, reversing several times to reinforce.

    attach elastic ends

    Attach elastic ends

  7. Tuck open edges towards the inside and topstitch or hand sew gap closed. Now go rock your scrunchie!

    sew gap closed

    Sew gap closed

 

Have your little one rock it

Have your little one rock it. Find the instructions to make the matching dress here! Photo by Michael Alberstat

Tip: The longer your initial tube, the more ‘scrunched’ your resulting scrunchie will appear. A shorter tube will make a flatter, less ‘scrunched” up hair accessory. Skinnier tubes will make thinner, smaller scrunchies while fatter tubes will make fuller, wider scrunchies.

Bigger and smaller scrunchies - photography by Michael Alberstat

Fatter, less scrunched (below) and skinnier, more scrunched (above) scrunchies. Photography by Michael Alberstat