How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

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Learn how to make a DIY silk scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. This is a great beginner sewing project!

I love using silk hair accessories for my curly hair. It’s soft and smooth, and I don’t feel like it fights my texture. It’s good to my hair, and since silk is such a luxurious fabric it feels like I’m treating myself!

I have lots of silk fabric scraps leftover from clothing projects, so making silk scrunchies is the best way to put them to good use! I used my free scrunchie sewing pattern and it works great with silk or cotton!

tie bow onto scrunchie covering stitches

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.

How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

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.

How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

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How to Make a Silk Scrunchie


Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and 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!

How to Make a Silk 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).

Optional: cut out one bow piece from fusible interfacing. (This helps stabilize really lightweight silk fabric, but it makes the bow a little bulky and stiff.

cut out 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.

Trim the curves on each side of the tie.

sew right sides together

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

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

turn right side out

Press the tube flat with all the seam allowances tucked in before pressing.

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

press flat

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

insert elastic into tube

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 ends of tube

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

topstitch hole closed

Edgestitch the hole closed.

topstitch bow closed

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

tie bow onto scrunchie covering stitches

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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