How To Make Scrunchies – Fabric Hair Bobbles

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I often have a bursting full to capacity scrap bag. And what better way to use up some of these lovely brightly coloured scraps than making hair adornments? These are great for small stocking fillers and for wearing at nursery or school. Here’s how to make scrunchies.

How To Make Scrunchies


How to Make Scrunchies From Fabric Scraps - make these fabric hair bobbles from your remnant cloth and coordinate with all your clothing makes. Great gift idea. Brilliant item to sell. Quick and easy step by step tutorial. #zerowaste #recycled #upcycled #fabricscraps #scrunchies #90s #DIY #makingscrunchies #fabricscraps #zerowaste #backtoschool #giftideas

These 90s stalwarts are back! And this is a great way of getting a coordinating hair decoration to match an outfit. Or just for having some fun fabrics adorn your pony tails and buns

You will need

Materials to Make Scrunchies

Take your piece of fabric and press it in half long ways, right sides together. Starting about an inch (2 cms) from one end, sew a 6mm seam allowance. Stop about 2cm from the other end and backstitch.

Turn the tube of fabric the right way out (I love my loop turner for this), and press.

Making a scrunchies part 1

Thread the elastic through the tube using a bodkin or safety pin. Make sure to keep hold of the other end! Sew the elastic together securely (or knot)

Making A Scrunchie Part 2


Sew the two ends right sides together. When you pull the scrunchie out, you should find a gap in one side. I fold the raw edges in, and sew the gap closed on the outside (you can hardly see it once the scrunchie is being used)

Making A Scrunchie Part 3

Redistribute the elastic around the tube. And voila – you have a fabulous fabric coordinating scrunchie!

The Finished Scrunchie

How to Make Scrunchies From Fabric Scraps - using up waste fabric and up cycling old cloth to make other things #zerowaste #recycled #upcycled #fabricscraps #scrunchies #90s #DIY #makingscrunchies #backtoschool #giftideas

Now that you know how to make scrunchies, you can make them in all colours and fabrics, to match every outfit, or just to give to friends and family.

Want to use up other fabric scraps? See my other post on using every piece of scrap fabric.

Or see how I also used scraps of this fabric to make unsponges.

Hope that you have found this tutorial useful. Why not give it a share? Or  please pin this for later!

How to Make Scrunchies From Fabric Scraps - using up waste fabric and up cycling old cloth to make other things #zerowaste #recycled #upcycled #fabricscraps #scrunchies #90s #DIY #makingscrunchies #backtoschool #giftideas


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20 Replies to “How To Make Scrunchies – Fabric Hair Bobbles”

  1. Lisa - Little Orange Dog says:

    Great way to use up those scraps of material and they look surprisingly easy to make, I might even be able to manage it. Thanks for sharing your talents with us x


    1. Jo Boyne says:

      To be honest, you may even be able to hand sew these. Thank you for reading.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Yes, you can use pretty much any scrap fabric to make all the colours!

  2. Anne Sweet says:

    These look great, I loved scrunchies, so much nicer to your hair than bobbles or hair ties, I would be selling them if I could make them as nice as yours.

  3. Christy says:

    This is such a good idea! I’ve got loads of bits of fabric that I never thought of using for this. #KCACOLS

  4. Peachy and Clementine says:

    This is such a great idea. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a scrunchie that I almost forgot they existed. I’m sure it’s time for a comeback! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      They have made a big comeback this year. I refuse to buy them from Claires!

  5. Cheryl | TimeToCraft says:

    I love making scrunchies. When my daughters were little and I made them dresses, I always made one from the scraps. I cover elastic hair ties too. Fabric is so much kinder to the hair. #MMBC

  6. Gill Hamper says:

    Hi I have just come across your site, and saved loads of instructions so that i can try them out. I love your ideas, and they all sound simple enough to have a go at, not complicated like some i have seen. Thank you so much for all the inspiration.

  7. Catherine says:

    I made scrunchies for our last school bazaar. I made them by hand as I don’t have a sewing machine but they were still really easy to make :o)



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