DIY HAIR SCRUNCHIE

May 17th, 2020

Words by Neta Ravel · Photographs by Aviad Zisman

I've gone through all the must-do’s in quarantine, including baking challah bread and cleaning out my closet, so recently I turned to my box of fabric. I had some amazing materials left over from my days as a student and thought it would be cool to sew masks using them. I didn’t like the idea of disposable masks; not only are they not environmentally friendly, but they just didn’t look good! I realized that masks were probably going to stay with us for a while and decided that they should at least be cool, so I thought about sewing matching sets of masks and  scrunchies. I have SO many scrunchies, and I put a lot of effort into matching my scrunchie to my outfit every day. It’s a beginner friendly sew and it gets pretty addicting after a while. Here's a guide to making your very own scrunchie, using whatever leftover fabric you have lying around.

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Steps:

1. Draw a rectangular shape on your fabric using a ruler and a trick marker (don't worry: it disappears after a while). I made this one 75cm x 16cm, but it could also be 65cm x 10cm (or anywhere in between).

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2. Cut the fabric.

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3. Fold the fabric in half. Then sew a straight line across the edge, leaving a gap of about 3cm from the top and from the bottom.

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4. Turn it inside out.

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5. Cut a piece of elastic band that's 20cm long, and tie it to the needle (or attach to a safety pin).

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6. Thread the elastic through the tube of the fabric.

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7. Tie the elastic band into a knot. I recommend trying the scrunchie out at this step, to check if you like the size of it :)

8. This is the tricky part. Don't get discouraged! I believe in you! Align and sew the short sides of the tube together, from the inside (make sure the tube is not twisted).

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9. Turn it right-side out again, through the gap you left. Fold the edges of the gap inside, pin it down and sew along the edge.

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Congratulations on your first scrunchie! (The next one will be easier I promise).

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Neta Ravel is a 29-year-old fashion designer based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. You can find her on Instagram @netaravel

Aviad Zisman is a 35-year-old photographer based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. You can find his work on Instagram @aviad_zisman and www.aviadzisman.com