For some of you, scrunchies may be the new trend. But for others of us, it’s a pretty big blast from the past. Scrunchies did double duty in my day as you could either wear it in your hair, or wear it on your arm as a bracelet, just waiting for that big moment when you might actually need it for your hair. It’s fun to see the trend come back in a new way and one of the things that I’ve loved seeing (which were maybe around in my day—I just don’t remember having one) are the bow scrunchies! You can make your own and customize the fabric choice and also how wide a bow you want or how long you want the tails to be to suit your wardrobe and style …
First, you’ll want to cut out a rectangle of velvet that is 3.5″ x 18″ for your scrunchie and another long strip that is 2.5″ x 25″ for your bow.
Fold your scrunchie rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin the open side closed with pins. Sew down the open side with a 1/4″ seam allowance so that you create a tube. Turn the tube right side out by pinning a safety pin to one end and feeding the pin through the tube until it comes out the other end and your tube is right side out.
Cut a piece of elastic 8″ long. Use a safety pin at one end of the elastic to thread it through the tube and come out the other side (just feel around to make sure the elastic didn’t twist in the tube during the process). Sew the ends of your elastic together. Tuck your unfinished scrunchie edge into your finished edge and pin them flat together. Sew down the finished edge line to secure both layers together with the elastic band between them. Don’t worry about that flat spot, as your bow will cover it!
To make your bow, (1) fold your long strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew along the top with a 1/4″ seam allowance. (2) Open the top right side out again and attach a safety pin in the top inside corner before (3) turning it back to having both right sides touching again and the pin sandwiched between the layers. (4) Sew down the side of your long strip but leave an opening of 2-3″ towards the bottom and then continue all the way down the side and along the bottom edge. (5) Find your safety pin that you pinned in the top corner with your fingers and use that to pull the top corner towards the opening in the bottom corner, eventually (6) turning the whole strip right side out. Remove the safety pin.
So sweet! There’s lots of ways to style a bow scrunchie, but you can see my favorite way to do it on our IGTV channel. Using different patterns and fabrics can also make your scrunchie more seasonal as well, so feel free to make new ones for summer vs. winter, etc. Whether this is a new or a very old favorite of yours, I hope you have fun! xo. Laura