I keep all of my scrap pieces of fabric hoping that one day I will find some way of breathing new life into them. While browsing around on the Internet I came across a tutorial on how to make hair scrunchies, which looks like it would make a great beginner project.
- 4” x 20” Scrap fabric (I used cotton)
- 1/2” wide 10” long Elastic
- 2 Safety Pins
- 1 pole ( I used a wooden stick)
- Matching Thread
- Scissors/ Thread cutters
- Hand Needle
- Cutting mat, ruler & Rotary Cutter (Optional)
- Sewing Machine (Optional)
- Machine Needle – Universal 70
Time Taken: 30mins
Techniques used: Straight stitch, zigzag stitch and using a rotary cutter
1. Measure & Cut the fabric.
Recently I have purchased a rotary cutter, ruler and a mat and this was the ideal time to try it out. For instructions on how to use these tools visit YouTube for some great tutorials.
2. Folding the Fabric
Fold the fabric length-ways in half which will bring the right sides together.
3. Sew a Seam
Measure a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the long side of the strip of fabric pinning as you go. If you are using a sewing machine set the stitch type onto straight stitch and sew the seam or use a hand needle.
4. Turning it the Right Way Round
Slide the fabric onto a stick or pole and pull it right way round. I found it difficult pulling the fabric out and used a pair of tweezers to assist.
5. Inserting the Elastic
Attach a safety pin to both ends of the elastic and pull it through the fabric tube. Once the elastic is inserted all the way through gather the fabric as required.
6. Stitching the Elastic
Hold the two ends of the elastic together and use a zigzag stitch to attach them together.
7. Finishing Touches
Slide one end of the tube over the other making sure to tuck in the raw edges and use a straight stitch to hem it together. Now it’s ready to wear.
This project is excellent for beginners, as it was so easy to make. The most time consuming part was turning the fabric right way round after sewing a seam.