The scrap fabric series will follow my endless question / hoarding problem: “What do I do with all my leftover fabric?”
Of course, when you’re doing a larger project like making clothing the more fabric the better, so you tend to over buy and end up with a cupboard FULL of mismatched fabrics. I’ve been hoarding my supply of scrap fabric since I was 13. Let’s do something with that fabric!
The first project I’ve come up with is this cute bunny ear scrunchie, I’ve seen these everywhere lately and have even bought a few myself I’ve seen anywhere from $5 to $20 for them, since it’s just a bit of scrap fabric this project with cost you virtually nothing! All right, let’s get started!
You will need:
- Scrap fabric
- Thin elastic – mine was 12mm
- Scrap paper and a pencil
- A sewing machine
- An iron
*Seam allowances are 1cm.
First we’ll need to make the pattern.
For the scrunchie the pattern is a 3inch by 18inch rectangle.
The bow starts as a 4inch by 12inch rectangle.
For the bow fold the rectangle in half in one direction and in half again in the other direction. Draw on a pattern for the bow as shown, the folds are on the left and top in this photo. Cut along the pencil line.
I cut everything on the fold from my patterns, but fit the patterns to your scrap fabric and snip, snip, snip.
On the scrunchie piece: iron in the raw edges, then fold in half and iron as pictured.
** You could also sew the pieces right sides together and then turn out so that the seams would be inside but – honestly – this method is way quicker and I don’t think it effects the look of the scrunchie negatively at all.
Sew close along the open edge to form a tube. Do not sew closed the two ends.
For the bow, press with right sides together and sew along the seam leaving 4inches in the centre to turn it through.
Your two sewn pieces should look like this.
Turn the bow right side out and press, then sew the hole shut.
Cut a 9inch length of elastic and thread through your scrunchie tube using a safety pin or paper clip attached to one end.
Sew the two ends of elastic together with a zig zag stitch.
Put one end of the tube inside the other and sew shut with a zig zag stitch – don’t worry if it’s not pretty, this will be covered in the next steps!
Tie the bow in a single knot over the zig zag stitch of the scrunchie. Annnnd … you’re done!
A cute bow for pennies.