By: Morgan Bowling
This is a great quick and easy project for anyone - from beginner to advanced.
Here's what you'll need
- A 6"x20" strip of quilting cotton - (I used this Digital Blooming Melody Classic Blue fabric from the Marketa Stengl Collection)
- A 3"x28" strip of quilting cotton
- 1/4" Elastic
- A safety pin
- A marking tool
Let's get started!
Preparing the tie-scrunchie
(You can skip these steps if you don’t want a tie scunchie)
Cut two strips of fabric, one wider and a little longer, one shorter and narrower. I made mine 6”x20” and 3”x18”. The thicker one is going to be the tie and the narrower one will be the scrunchie itself. You can alter how thick you want either to be by making them wider or narrower. Also cut one piece of ¼” elastic to 6”.
Starting with the tie, fold it once hotdog style, and then fold again hamburger style. Next using a marking tool you’re going to draw your tie shape. You will put the point of the tie on the side not folded, with the point curving down towards the long folded edge of your fabric. Then draw a curve that ends in a narrow rectangle towards the short folded side of your fabric.
Cut this shape out and unfold. It should look like a big bowtie
Fold it in half longways, right sides together. Press.
Sew from point to point, leaving about a 2” gap unsewn in the middle.
Sew! I like using a ¼” seam allowance, but you can use your preferred seam allowance.
Turn Right side out through the unsewn portion, using a point turner or any pointy thing to turn out the edges. You want them to be nice and sharp!
Sew the unsewn gap closed with a narrow topstitch along the edge.
Assembling the Scrunchie
Fold the narrower piece in half, hotdog style
Using a ruler mark 2” away from the short side, on both sides. This is where you’ll start and stop sewing.
Starting at the line you just made, sewing all the way down till the other 2” line (I like using a ¼” seam allowance) Make sure to backstitch at each end.
Once sewn, turn right side out.
Press the fabric!
Now, this next step is the tricky part. Match up the two unsewn short ends right sides together, making sure the tube we just made isn’t twisted. I like to start by matching up the center and pinning outwards.
Once pinned, you’ll sew at your preferred seam allowance. This part is tricky. Go slow!
Next take your piece of elastic. I like using a 6” or 7” long piece of ¼” elastic. Pin one side to your seam, and attach a safety pin to the other side. Use the safety pin to feed the elastic through the tube.
Once elastic is fed through the tube tie the two ends in a knot. Make sure it is secure!
You can now press the outside edge, this makes sewing up the hole in our tube easier.
Topstitch the hole in the tube closed. If you like you can topstitch around the entire outside perimeter of the scrunchie, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
Tie the tie part to the scrunchie part in whatever way you please!