This is the third blog in my stash busting series and this time I’m looking at trying to use up some pre-cut and left over fabrics from other projects.
Looking at my fabrics, I found some jelly roll strips and left over quilt binding which were collecting dust. The jelly rolls are (when cut correctly) 2.5″ wide, whereas I cut the fabric for my binding 2.25″ wide; for the hair scrunchies either will work! If you use fat quarters, I suggest you cut the strips 2.5″ wide. You should be able to get seven or so scrunchies from one FQ.
- Fabric, 20″ to 22″ long and 2.25″ or 2.5″ wide
- Elastic, 10″ long (I used 6mm wide, but anything less than say 8mm will be fine)
- Pair of scissors
- Large-ish safety pin
- Chop stick or special loop / tube / strap turner tool
- A pin
- Sewing machine and thread
Making the scrunchies:
- Fold the fabric lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew along the long side. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance but didn’t bother reversing at start or end).
- Turn inside out with the loop turner or a chop stick (see below)
- Insert elastic band. I secure the end with a pin, so the elastic doesn’t disappear inside the tube when pulling it through.
- Tie a knot. Make sure it’s secure!
- Wiggle the knot so it moves away an inch or so from the opening in the fabric
- Fold one end of the fabric to the inside to cover the raw edge. Insert the other end. Pin in place if you like.
- Sew a straight stitch to keep the two ends together. I usually go down, up and back down again before securing the thread.
- ‘Fluff’ the scrunchie so the fabric is evenly spread out over the elastic.
As they are super quick to make, you’ll have a bunch of them in no time!
Tip: Using a chop stick for turning
When I use a chop stick to turn the fabric, I usually sew a diagonal seam at one end (blue line in image below). This allows the chop stick to stay in place when I turn the fabric. When it’s turned over, I cut off the end.
My other stash busting ideas:
* I don’t cut my binding on the bias, but if you do, the scrunchies will be extra stretchy which will be super lovely!