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DIY: A Nod to the 90s The Scrunchie

Posted by Alannah Francis Oxfam Fashion blogger

30th May 2014

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With everything from dungarees to crop tops making a comeback, it's no secret that many of us are coveting looks from the 90s right now. If you love the trend and are struggling to work it into your wardrobe, here's how you can pay tribute to the fashionable decade, with an accessory that screams 90s: the scrunchie.




You will need:

  • Fabric scissors
  • A needle and thread
  • Fabric (approx. 19 inches long and 4 inches wide) I doubled up on 90s trends by choosing a gingham patterned fabric , (another 90s favourite) but you can use whatever fabric you like.
  • Elastic
  • Buttons or beads for decoration (optional)


Step by Step

Step One: Cut the fabric to the desired length and width (I went for 19 inches long and 4 inches wide)

Step Two: Fold the fabric in half and sew the two long edges together with a secure backstitch to make a seam. Double up the hand stitch if you feel the need to make it more secure. Alternatively you can use a sewing machine for this part.

Step Three: Turn the tube of fabric inside out. This will hide the raw edges and stitching.

Step Four: Cut the elastic roughly a quarter of the length of the fabric tube. 

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Step Five: Fasten a safety pin to one end of the elastic. This will help you get the elastic through the tube of fabric.

Step Six: Feed the elastic through the tube of fabric using the safety pin, keeping hold of both ends of elastic.

Step Seven: Once you've fed the elastic through the tube of fabric, sew the two ends of elastic together by hand or machine. (Make sure this stitch is really secure as it will come under stress each time you use the scrunchie).

Step Eight: Sew the two ends of the fabric together using an invisible stitch, folding in the raw edges as you go. (Again, make sure this stitch is really secure).



Step Nine: Sew on any beads or buttons on the outside of the scrunchie.



And Voilà! A perfect nod to the 90's and great for summer!

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Blog post written by Alannah Francis

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