Scrap Fabric: How to Sew a Bunny Ear Scrunchie

 

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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!

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You will need:

  • Scrap fabric
  • Thin elastic – mine was 12mm
  • Scrap paper and a pencil
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • An iron

*Seam allowances are 1cm.

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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.

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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.

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I cut everything on the fold from my patterns, but fit the patterns to your scrap fabric and snip, snip, snip.

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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.

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Sew close along the open edge to form a tube. Do not sew closed the two ends.

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For the bow, press with right sides together and sew along the seam leaving 4inches in the centre to turn it through.

 

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Your two sewn pieces should look like this.

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Turn the bow right side out and press, then sew the hole shut.

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Cut a 9inch length of elastic and thread through your scrunchie tube using a safety pin or paper clip attached to one end.

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Sew the two ends of elastic together with a zig zag stitch.

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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!

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Tie the bow in a single knot over the zig zag stitch of the scrunchie. Annnnd … you’re done!

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A cute bow for pennies.

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