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Holiday Scrunchies

My daughter and I have a love of quilting that extends to a home business, NikKitty Quilts—Nikki for her and Kitty for me. All quilters love fabric, and a result of that love for fabrics is a lot of scraps. Here is a fun project that even a beginning sewing student can do. The result will be some great Christmas gifts for friends and family. Scrunchies can be made quickly and are great gifts. They are great to give as party favors, or a child can make them as gifts for friends. Nikki, who started making these in junior high, has even been known to make one to match an outfit. Friends have requested these when we come for a visit. What a special way to share your talents with others.
Author: Christine Hindle

Equipment

  • #2 safety pins
  • Pair of scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
  • Basic sewing supplies

Ingredients

  • Strips of fabric measuring 3.5” x 22”
  • ⅜-inch elastic

Instructions

  • Choose your fabric, and cut it to size. You can use a rotary cutter and ruler for this step, or if you are doing this project with your children, you can use scissors. When cutting from regular cotton fabrics, you can get two out of every strip you cut, since fabric is normally 44” wide.
  • Fold fabric in half lengthwise, with the wrong side out. You are going to sew this into a tube that is open on both ends.
  • Measure and cut your elastic to 8.25”. A package of elastic will normally make eight or nine scrunchies.
  • Insert a safety pin into one end of the elastic. Place this end of your elastic into the tube about 1.5”. Sew this end with your machine and go over it at least four times. This is going to have a lot of wear.
  • Using the safety pin, you are going to turn the scrunchie right side out. Make sure you do not lose the other end of your elastic. Once you have fed the safety pin all the way through the scrunchie, attach it to the other end of the elastic while you continue to turn the scrunchie right side out.
  • Sew the two ends of the elastic together. You want to go over this seam at least four times.
  • Turn the raw edges of the fabric under and slip it over the other end. Use a blind stitch to connect the ends. Make sure to sew around the scrunchie and not all the way through. I predict you will make these not only for the holidays but also for many occasions for years to come.