Have you already discovered our scrunchies in the HOOFMENT shop? They are made of pure organic cotton and are therefore a sustainable alternative to conventional ponytails. If you would like to sew it yourself, here are a few instructions for you.
What you need:
- a sewing machine
- a scissors
- a ruler
- tailor's chalk
- safety pin
- any fabric approx. 10x55cm
- Elastic band 1cm wide, approx. 17cm long
There are almost no limits to your choice of fabric! It doesn't really matter whether it's stretchy or not, whether it's patterned or plain - the only thing you have to keep in mind is that the fabric shouldn't be too firm or too thick. So super heavy, stiff decorative fabrics are less suitable. You can also take old t-shirts from you or any other scraps of fabric that you still have at home. The length of the piece of fabric (approx. 55cm) varies depending on the type of fabric. While you can definitely use 50cm for a t-shirt fabric (jersey) or other relatively thin fabrics, we recommend taking 40-45cm for somewhat thicker fabrics such as velvet. This is how the pattern for the scrunchie looks like:
It is best to transfer the cut directly onto the fabric with a ruler and chalk using these measurements. Then you can cut it out with fabric scissors. Then it's off to the sewing machine. Depending on whether you have chosen an elastic material or not, you have to choose the right seam. You sew elastic fabrics either with an overlock or with a zigzag stitch. You can sew all non-elastic fabrics with the normal backstitch.
First, place the two short sections right sides together and sew them together.
Now comes the tricky part - but fear not. Here you put the srunchie down the way you want it to look later. Then you put the seam allowances on the inside of the seam, put a needle exactly in place and turn the scrunchie inside out again.
Now you start to sew just before the seam and always pull a little further until you are almost at the end again, but then you leave about 2 cm open for turning.
Now you can turn the scrunchie over and the elastic comes into play. It is best to attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the scrunchie - making sure that the end of the elastic stays outside the hole and does not slip in.
When both ends look out of the hole, you close the elastic with a tight latch! So sew back and forth quite often. Now the scrunchie is almost done, only the hole has to be closed. You simply close this with a normal backstitch, very narrow at the edge. COMPLETE!
We hope you have a lot of fun sewing! If you have any questions, please comment below the blog post. We would be very happy if you share your homemade scrunchies on Instagram and link us to it - we are very excited to see your results!