I love having long hair, but I needed some scrunchies – and I have a lot of scrap fabric. Today, I’m going to show you this Easy DIY No-Sew Scrunchie! I love making no-sew projects, they’re usually so fast and fun. And this particular no-sew craft is such a quick one, it’s a no-brainer. If you have scrap fabric that you love but you don’t have an easy project, well, this one ticks all the marks and you’ll love getting a new hair accessory out of the deal. Plus, if you have a little girl in your life, you know that long hair is a wild mess that just needs a homemade scrunchie sometimes. My girls are also constantly losing the ones I buy. I know that is part of playing and having fun, so I’d rather them use the ones I make in projects like this since it is basically a fraction of the cost I pay for one in store.
They love the printed ones, so I make sure to keep some cute fabric scraps from my other projects just for moments like these. I think these turned out really cute, too. So, grab your scraps and a bit of elastic and let’s get started making this easy no-sew scrunchie!
What You’ll Need:
- ⅛ yd Cotton Fabric
- Iron-On Hem Adhesive Strip, ¼-inch wide
- 8-inch length of ¼-inch Elastic
- Safety Pin, preferably ½-inch or larger
- Sewing Pins, optional
- Fabric tape measure
One thing to note BEFORE you start ironing any fabric for your easy diy no-sew scrunchie with the adhesive, note that you will want to allow the ironed area to cool completely before testing the hem. It’s also a good idea to test your hem the first time you use it, just to make sure that the adhesive is getting an adequate amount of heat application. You may want to do this with an excess piece of fabric that you’re not planning to incorporate into your scrunchie.
To test the adhesive strip, preheat your iron and cut a 2-inch length of the adhesive strip and two 2-inch squares of fabric. Sandwich the 2-inch adhesive strip between the two squares of fabric and follow the directions on your adhesive’s packaging to iron the two pieces of fabric together. This will activate the adhesive and fuse the fabric pieces. Allow the glue and fabric to cool completely, then attempt to pull apart the two pieces of fabric. It is absolutely critical to allow the fabric and adhesive to cool completely because the glue will not hold if not completely cooled.
Easy DIY No-Sew Scrunchie Tutorial
The first step in this how to make this easy diy no-sew scrunchie tutorial is to cut a 21-inch by 4-inch strip of the cotton fabric. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right-side to right-side. You may find it helpful to iron the fabric in half to keep it folded neatly. However, if you do this, keep in mind that the ironed side will be visible when the project is complete, so if you want a softer look to your scrunchie, do not iron the fold.
Next, cut a 21-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip. Place the iron-on hem adhesive strip between the folded halves of the fabric, lined-up neatly along the long edge. Iron the cotton for 10-30 seconds or until the adhesive is activated, per the package instructions for the adhesive strip. Again, remember to allow the adhesive and fabric to cool completely before testing the hemline. The adhesive will not hold if it is not allowed to cool and pulling the fabric apart before completely cooled will defeat the purpose of creating the hem. In the event that your hemline is not holding after cooled, repeat to add another strip of adhesive, but use the iron for longer to more completely heat the glue and melt it. This step is essential for your diy no-sew scrunchie.
Attach the safety pin to one end of the now hemmed fabric strip. Be sure to pin through both sides of the fabric.
Using the safety pin to help pull the fabric through itself, turn the fabric tube right-side out. Remove the safety pin. We are about halfway through this how to make this diy no-sew scrunchie tutorial!
Cut an 8-inch strip of elastic for your scrunchie.
Put the safety pin on the end of the elastic strip. Use the safety pin to help pull the elastic strip through the fabric tube.
You will need to bunch the fabric along the elastic to get it through the other end, as well as give your scrunchie is final shape.
Knot the two loose ends of the elastic together tightly and remove the safety pin.
Cut a 2-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip. We will use this to attach the ends of the scrunchie together.
Fold one of the open ends of the fabric tube inside itself by about ½-inch. Tuck the other open end of the fabric tube inside the folded fabric tube. Slide the 2-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip between the ends of the tube where they overlap.
For the last step in this easy tutorial, simple iron this hem to join the ends of your scrunchie! How easy was that?!
And, that’s it! Now you know how to make this diy no-sew scrunchie! This is just such a fun and useful project, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have made it. I am thinking about making a few that are smaller for little girls, but the truth is, you can make a lot of loops in your scrunchie on a little girl head and it’ll be SUPER cute because it’ll force the hair up into a straight little tuft. So cute. So, grab some scrap fabric and take a few minutes to make a fun no-sew scrunchie now.
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- Cut a 21-inch by 4-inch strip of the cotton fabric.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right-side to right side.
- Cut a 21-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip.
- Place the iron-on hem adhesive strip between the folded halves of the fabric, lined-up neatly along the long edge.
- Iron the cotton for 10-30 seconds or until the adhesive is activated, per the package instructions for the adhesive strip.
- Attach the safety pin to one end of the now hemmed fabric strip. Be sure to pin through both sides of the fabric.
- Using the safety pin to help pull the fabric through itself, turn the fabric tube right-side out.
- Remove the safety pin.
- Put the safety pin on the end of the elastic strip.
- Use the safety pin to help pull the elastic strip through the fabric tube. You will need to bunch the fabric along the elastic.
- Knot the two loose ends of the elastic together tightly and remove the safety pin.
- Cut a 2-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip.
- Fold one of the open ends of the fabric tube inside itself by about ½-inch.
- Tuck the other open end of the fabric tube inside the folded fabric tube.
- Slide the 2-inch length of iron-on hem adhesive strip between the ends of the tube where they overlap.
- Iron this hem to join.
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