Make your own hair tie or scrunchie

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I’m forever loosing elastic hairbands. It doesn’t matter how many I buy, I quickly seem to end up with none. That’s why I decided to make a fabric scrunchie – surely that can’t be easily misplaced. I was following a step-by-step by vintage crafter extraordinaire Sarah Moore and it was so easy I can’t wait to make more! A great way to use up random strips of fabric leftover from other craft projects.

You will need

piece of fabric, 12cm x 65cm

needle and thread (or sewing machine)

scissors

two large safety pins

elastic, 20cm x 8mm

1. Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthways, right sides facing. Turn over a hem at one short end, then sew all along the long length of the material, leaving a 1cm seam allowance.

2. Pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic and one end of the fabric. Turn the material the right way round, then attach the second safety pin to the loose end of elastic, to help you feed it through the tube.

3. Remove both the safety pins and lay the ends of elastic on top of each, overlapping by around 1cm. Sew securely together to create a circle.

4. Tuck the unhemmed end of fabric inside the hemmed one, then sew through all the layers, plus the elastic, to make a neat seam. Even out the ruffles and voila!

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