If you had asked me just a few years ago if scrunchies would make a comeback, I would have told you there was no way. I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that I would be sharing a bow knot scrunchie tutorial. But here we are.
When I started to see scrunchies popping up from places like J.Crew and Anthropologie I just couldn’t help myself but to jump on the trend. I guess everything old is new again. This project gets bonus points because it is a great scrap buster. It also makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. Personally, I like my scrunchie with a bow that looks like a knotted scarf but it is easy to customize this DIY for your style.
Here is the list of things you need for this bow knot scrunchie tutorial.
- Needle and thread
- Bow pattern
- Safety pin
Cut your fabric. For this project I used 100% cotton. I usually cut my scrunchie around 18″ x 4″. You can adjust this based on what you like or for what works for your fabric. It’s a quick change if you want your scrunchie thinner or wider. If you want your scrunchie to have more “bunch” to it then cut your fabric longer. My bow pattern is roughly 12 inches long.
Fold your scrunchie fabric in half – hot dog, not hamburger – and stitch together on the long edge leaving a gap of roughly 1 inch. For the bow – with right sides together, stitch around the edge leaving about a 1 inch opening.
Turn your scrunchie halfway so that the short ends meet and the 1 inch gap is on the outside. Turn your bow right side out. After I turn my bow, I like to make sure my ends are pointy by poking them with something like a crochet hook or the end of my tube turner. Once you stitch the gap closed you are finished with your bow. A last optional step is to press your bow so it looks cleaner.
Making sure your short ends meet, stitch around the edge. You may have to do this by hand instead of on your sewing machine, especially if you are working on a skinnier scrunchie. After your stitch your ends together, turn your scrunchie right side out by pulling it through the 1 inch opening.
I don’t have a picture for the next step but it’s pretty straight forward. Cut a piece of elastic about 8 inches long. Use your safety pins to pull the elastic through the scrunchie tube, overlap the ends about half an inch and stitch the two ends together. I pin one end of the elastic to the fabric so I don’t lose hold of it while I pull the other end through the scrunchie.
This is the last step. Stitch the 1 inch opening closed then tie your bow in a knot around your scrunchie. Now you’re finished! The whole process takes 10-15 minutes depending on how easily distracted you are.
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