The Lazy Girl's Scrunchie

Just as there's more than one way to skin a cat, there's more than one way to make a hair scrunchie.  This way is the lazy, quick, uncomplicated method.  Emphasis on the "lazy" part.  So with Valentine's Day coming up, if you need party favors or a happy alternative to candy, here it is.  Scrunchies are also great choices for stocking stuffers, Easter basket fillers, girls' sports teams, etc.

It's a forgiving project that hides minor imperfections well, which is why I did it the cheaters way;  I don't need a work of art that will be cherished for generations, I just need a scrunchie for my daughter's hair.    Plus it's a nostalgic throwback for me...anyone else in the 80's dig wearing scrunchies in high, fountain ponytails or the questionably fashionable side pony?  anyone?  no?  "Buehler?"  (If you don't get that pop culture reference, you probably never sported the side-swiping side pony).

Scooby Snack Rating:  I won't even insult you with this.  Drink what you'd like;  you won't even have time to take a sip during the 3 seconds this scrunchie will take.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • A strip from a jelly roll (or a strip of fabric 2.5" x 42ish" long)
  • Cutting mat and rotarty cutter, if cutting your own strip
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine &  coordinating thread
  • 8" piece of 1/2" elastic
  • Safety pin for turning elastic
  • Iron and ironing board, optional
  • Girl to wear your cute scrunchie, mandatory

1.  Get your strip of fabric and fold in half, right sides together.  You could iron the crease if you'd like.  I didn't.  Lazy, remember?

2.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch along the open length of your strip.  Leave the short ends open to allow for the elastic to go through and to turn the tube right side out.

3.  Turn the tube right side out.  You could use a turning tool/ elastic with yarn attached method, but I didn't.  Lazy, remember?  It's probably short enough that your fingers will suffice.  Now you have this.

4.  Stitch along both long ends of the tube using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Still leave the short ends as open as a late night Burger King.  This creates a casing of sorts for the elastic and frankly is just a nice touch.  If you really want this to move right along, you can skip this step.  (It is, after all, just a scrunchy and by nature will be twisted and bunchy and the stitching will go unseen).

5.  Attach your safety-pin to your elastic.  Feed it through the tube, but don't let your elastic get lost inside.  I just hate fishing elastic out of casings, don't you?

6.  Tie the two ends of the elastic together or sew it.  It doesn't have to be pretty, which in my case is good.

7.  Notice the left part of the fabric in the above pic is turned under to conceal the raw edges?  Do that.  Then stuff the other end into that.  Now no raw edges are exposed.  HINT:  Use tweezers if the fit is too tight to get the second end of the tube into the first.  You don't want your sewing machine to miss this fabric and not attach your tube together.  That would stink.

8.  Sew over the now enclosed ends of your tube, elastic and all.  Shamelessly lazy, I know!

9.  Now take a sip of your scooby snack and pat yourself on the back.  Not bad for 5 minutes of effort, right?