Scrunchie with a decorative trim DIY
Today I have made a modified version of the casual scrunchie – I have added a decorative trim which looks fun and colorful. This scrunchie is quite big, but such a width of a fabric is necessary to sew this scrunchie easily and turn the fabric tube right side out without damaging the fleece trim. For my hair, this size is perfect, because I tie this scrunchie twice that looks great and the scrunchie isn’t too big at all.
If you are a beginner – I recommend to sew 2 casual scrunchies first, following this scrunchie step by step tutorial. When the usual scrunchies aren’t a big deal for you, then you can make this one (preferably using fleece and cotton).
For one scrunchie with trim you will need:
- a sewing machine and basic sewing tools
- a piece of fabric 45 x 12 cm (18 x 5 inches)
- a piece of fleece 43 x 5 cm (17 x 2 inches)
- an elastic – 18 cm (7 inches)
- 2 safety pins and a scrap of fabric
Materials: for a decorative trim I recommend fleece, fabric tube can be sewn with many types of fabric, preferably with quite thin and not slippery ones.
CUT OUT THE FABRIC
Cut out 1 piece of fabric 45 x 12 cm (18 x 5 inches) and cut out 1 piece of fleece 43 x 5 cm (17 x 2 inches).
PREPARE THE FLEECE TRIM
Fold the piece of fleece in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Now, cut parallel stripes about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch), starting at the 1 cm (3/8 inch) from the top. Cut the folded side through the two layers of the fleece.
IRON OVER ONE OF THE SHORT ENDS
Place the piece of fabric inside out and iron over one of the short ends by 1 cm (3/8 inch) on the wrong side.
SEW A TUBE
Now, place the fleece trim on the right side of the piece of fabric as shown in the picture. Start from the ironed side. Pin in place.
Sew the edges together along with zig-zag stitch as shown in the picture, in order to keep the fleece trim in place. Please note that the fleece trim must be shorter than the piece of yellow fabric (from the raw side).
Possible difficulties: it may happen that the fleece stretches during sewing, then stop sewing for a while (before you finish the seam) and cut the unnecessary piece of fleece. Then finish your stitch.
Fold the piece of fabric in half lengthwise (with right sides together so the fleece trim is inside). Sew along the long edge using a 1 cm (3/8 inch) seam allowance. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of this stitch. Now, you should have a tube with two open ends.
TURN YOUR TUBE RIGHT SIDE OUT
Now turn your tube right side out – don’t pull the fleece trim to not damage it.
You can gently iron your tube – iron only the fabric tube, don’t iron the fleece trim.
THREAD THE ELASTIC
Using a safety pin, attach one end of the elastic to the scrap of fabric (in order to protect the elastic from dropping into the tube). Place another safety pin on the second end of the elastic and thread the elastic through the tube.
Remove the safety pins and tie the two ends of elastic together with a double knot (or sew both ends of the elastic together).
Pull the elastic around so the knot is hidden. Make sure the fleece trim is running all along the outside edge.
SEW UP THE GAP
Now, all you need to do is closing up the gap. Tuck the raw end of your tube inside the folded one and sew near to the edge to close up the tube. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of this stitch.
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