How to Make a Hair Scrunchee (Scrungee... Scrungie?)

How do you spell scrungee? I don't know, but I do know how to make them!

What is a scrungee? It is a fabric covered hair elastic that was popular in the early nineties and they are coming back in style. I used to wear them as a teenager and now my kids are asking for them. They are great use of scraps!

 Scrungee in the hair of a blond girl

They are super easy to make. My daughter loves Harry Potter, so I made her one with Harry Potter fabric. 

First, I measure the elastic. I use the type of elastics that I use in my hair. I have also used sewing elastic sewn into a circle. 

Hair elastic

This elastic is the 5 inches in diameter. 7 1/2 inches in diameter when stretched out. I want the fabric on the scrungee to be "fluffy" even when the elastic is stretched out. So I cut the fabric twice the length of the stretched out length (7 1/2 x 2 = 15 inches) and 5 inches wide. 

Length of Harry Potter fabric and a hair elastic laying on a cutting mat

Next, I sewed together the short edge at a 1/4 inch seam allowance to create a tube. 

Fabric folded in half

Place the elastic around the fabric tube. 

Elastic around the fabric

Work the fabric so the raw edges meet together. Fold the raw edges toward the insides and pin together. 

Matching the edges of the fabric together

Matching edges together. Edges turned in.

Stitch the folded edges together close to the edge. Make sure to overlap the stitching at the beginning and end.

Stitching the edges of the fabric

Edges of the scrungee stitched together

I like to turn the seams towards the center but they can be kept the way they are.

Completed scrunchee

Have fun quilting!

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