Oct 23, 2020

Scrunchie Tutorials For The Budget Concious Fashionista

Achieve that just-off-the-runway look at dollar store prices

We are living in a golden age of scrunchies. They've risen from the ashes of the 1990s to adorn the heads of women (and men -- scrunchies are great for man buns!) everywhere.

Scrunchies have matured since they were last in style; these aren't the same neon poofs of fabric that were featured in so many pre-teen 90's school pictures.

The scrunchies of the 2020s are mature yet playful and are perfect for any DIY night adventure.

Looking to find the right scrunchie craft for you? Read on - we're sure you'll find one you love.

1. Easy Ribbon Edge Scrunchie

Materials needed:fabric, ribbon, quarter inch thick elastic, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, sewing machine, elastic threader

Add a little bit of va-va-voom to your hair with this easy scrunchie tutorial. Don't have a sewing machine? No problem -- sew it by hand instead.

2. Leather Scrunchie

Materials needed: thread, faux-leather fabric

Tools needed: needle, scissors, ruler

Be a cool chick and match your leather jacket to your scrunchie. Learn the details on how to vroom-vroom away on your motorcycle in DIY style from Paper Blog.

3. Draped Bow Scrunchie

Materials needed: thread, fabric

Tools needed: fabric scissors or rotary cutter, sewing machine, elastic, safety pin or loop turner

Why spend 10 dollars at Urban Outfitters when you could spend zero dollars and make a dupe at home? Learn how to be clever with leftover fabric with this video tutorial.

4. The ~Perfect Scrunchie

Materials needed: silk fabric, quarter inch thick elastic, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, pen, iron, safety pins, sewing machine

Sometimes, simple really is better. Master the basic scrunchie with this ~perfect recipe for success.

5. No-Sew Scrunchie

Materials needed: fabric cut into 4" x 26" rectangles, elastic cord, fabric glue

Tools needed: rotary cutter, cutting mat, binding clips

Not a sewer? No problem. Grab some fabric glue and make a scrunchie following this nifty guide at The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood.

6. Pom Pom Purin Scrunchie

Materials needed:fuzzy fabric, quarter inch thick elastic, thread or fabric glue

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, tweezers, pen

If you're a kawaii fashion fan, this one is for you. Sport a cute lil' cartoon character and be adorable wherever you go!

7. Minnie-Mouse Ears Scrunchie

Materials needed: fabric, stretch elastic, scrunchie pattern (can be printed from website)

Tools needed: iron (recommended), rotary cutter, thread, sewing machine

In search of an easy handmade gift for the Disney superfan in your life? This Minnie-mouse ear scrunchie is perfect for keeping your Mouseketeer's hair out of their eyes while riding space mountain or twirling in the teacups. Learn more at Get Away Today.

8. Patchwork Scrunchie

Materials needed: 12 pieces of fabric 5 x 12 cm (2 x 5 inches), 18 cm elastic

Tools needed: 2 safety pins, sewing machine or needle and thread

If you're a fashionista with a passion for pattern-mixing, this scrunchie craft is a match made in heaven. Learn all about it at DIY by Anna Craft.

9. No-Sew No-Glue Tutu Scrunchie

Materials needed: ponytail holder, scrap fabric

Tools needed: scissors

Not only is this scrunchie super cute (like a little tutu for your ballerina bun!), but it's also incredibly easy; you don't need to sew or glue. All you need is a ponytail holder and some scraps of leftover fabric -- If you can make a knot, you can make this scrunchie.

10. Old Leggings Scrunchie

Materials needed: elastic, old leggings, fabric glue

Tools needed: scissors

Can't bear to throw out those torn but still so cute patterned leggings? Give them new life as a scrunchie instead. Not only will you give new life to a much-loved item, but you'll also be a sustainability queen. Check out the video tutorial above.

11. Scrunchie Barrette

Materials needed: hem tape, barrette, thread, hot glue, scrap fabric

Tools needed: hot glue gun

This craft is perfect for when you want some scrunchie energy but your preferred hairstyle actually requires a barrette. Get the full details on this rad hair accessory from Orange Betty.

12. Oversized Scrunchie

Materials needed: elastic, material, thread

Tools needed: scissors, sewing machine, needle, safety pins, ruler

Ah, the oversized scrunchie; arguably the scrunchie's most fashion-forward form. The oversized scrunchie feels at home on a runway (it's just so chic!) and can add a bold element to any outfit. Learn how to make your own from Dalirae.

13. Denim Scrunchie

Materials needed: old denim (you can use old jeans), quarter inch thick elastic, fabric glue, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needle

Does anyone else hate throwing out old jeans? Especially if they were a staple of your closet for years -- it's hard to part with clothes that feel like old friends. But never fear, because denim is versatile and can be reborn in scrunchie form. Learn more through the video above.

14. Sheer oversized scrunchie

Materials needed:sheer fabric that matches the color of the elastic, quarter inch thick elastic, fabric glue, thread, pearls (optional)

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needle or sewing machine, iron, pins

Is it really possible? A sheer scrunchie? We were skeptical too, but now that we've tried it ourselves we're firm believers. 10/10 recommend, super cute.

15. Mini Scrunchies

Materials needed:fabric, quarter inch thick elastic, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, tweezers

Sometimes a full-size scrunchie just won't cut it, especially when you're trying to rock a half up-do. So how can you still get that fabulous scrunchie energy? Miniaturize it! This is the perfect medium between a plain hair tie and a full-sized scrunchie.

16. Old T-shirt Bow Scrunchie

Materials needed:old shirt, quarter inch thick elastic, thread or fabric glue

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, pen, safety pins

If you've still got a zillion old cotton t-shirts hanging around in your closet, we feel ya. And we've got a solution -- scrunchify those bad boys, and make them useful again! Plus, you've got both sew and no-sew options; a total win.

17. Super, Super Easy Tulle Scrunchie

Materials needed:tulle fabric, hair elastic, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles

If you wanted to do the sheer scrunchie but ended up feeling intimidated, never fear! This super easy, one-minute scrunchie is the perfect intro to sheer scrunchie crafts.

18. Secret Pocket Scrunchie

Materials needed:fabric, quarter inch elastic, zipper, thread

Tools needed: scissors, ruler, needles, pins, sewing machine

Yep, we saved the best for last -- this scrunchie is downright genius. Because what's a better place for an emergency stash of cash than in a scrunchie? Just be extra careful not to lose it, because that'd be doubly tragic.

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