Free Scrunchie Sewing Pattern

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Learn how to make a DIY scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. Use cotton or silk for an easy sewing project!

I feel like the scrunchies of today are the limes of Little Women. My daughter loves wearing several on her arm whenever she goes to school. How many can she fit on one wrist?

We have gotten several scrunchies as gifts, and I decided to create a scrunchie pattern so that I could make a lot for my girls and have them ready to give away. There are so many colors and prints to use!

free diy scrunchie sewing pattern

I love using quilting cotton for my girls since they want the bright colors and happy prints. It’s a great way to use up all my scraps of fabric!

For me I love using silk since it’s a lot softer for my curly hair. I use mine for top knots and braids when I’m running or sleeping.

What fabric should I use to make a scrunchie?

The best beginner fabric to start with is quilting cotton. It’s easy to find, and it’s easy to sew. If you want a fun color or a fun print, I would recommend using quilting cotton.

If you want something that is soft on your hair, I would recommend using satin or silk. Satin and silk mostly come in solid colors, but I love using them for my curly hair.

Should I prewash the fabric?

Yes, I would recommend prewashing the fabric. You want anything in the fabric to be washed away, and any shrinkage to be removed.

free diy scrunchie sewing pattern

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

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diy scrunchie

DIY Scrunchie with a Sewing Pattern


  • Fat quarter of quilting cotton or scraps of fabric
  • Free scrunchie sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post
  • 7 inches of 1/4 inch elastic
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $4. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

diy scrunchie supplies

Cut out the pattern pieces. Cut one rectangle from the scrunchie pattern piece, and cut two pieces from the bow pattern piece (if using).

cut out scrunchie pattern pieces

Fold the scrunchie piece in half matching up the long sides. Pin and sew starting 1 inch from a short end and stopping 1 inch from the other short end. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Pin the bow pieces right sides together matching up all the curves. Pin and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 inch hole in the skinny section of the bow to turn it right side out.

sew tube and bow rst

Use a safety pin and turn the scrunchie tube right side out. Roll the seam out and press it flat and crisp.

turn tube right side out

Insert the elastic with a safety pin. Overlap the ends 1/4 inch and zigzag multiple lines to secure.

insert elastic, overlap and sew

Pull the fabric ends away from the elastic. Match up the short ends of the scrunchie with right sides together.

Sew the seam with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

match up short ends of tube

Pull the seam back into the scrunchie. Pinch the hole closed folding the seam allowance inside. Edgestitch the hole closed.

diy scrunchie

Trim the curves on each side of the tie.

trim curves

Turn the bow right side out. Use a point turner to poke out the curves.

turn bow right side out

Press the bow flat. Make sure the seam allowance of the hole is folded inside when you press.

Edgestitch the hole closed.

press bow flat

Tie the bow around the scrunchie where the stitching is. Use a square knot to keep the bow from coming undone.

free diy scrunchie sewing pattern

Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!

How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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