Saturday, March 3, 2018

Urban Outfitters Velvet Hair Scrunchie DIY

I can't believe I'm even typing this, but...scrunchies are back, in a big way. 

The 90's retro trend has officially come full circle. Since Mansur Gavriel incorporated them into their New York Fashion Week runway show, they're being spotted everywhere. 

As an old person born before 1990, I was straight-up horrified at this news until I saw how frigging cute they are this time around. Were they ever not cute? Maybe they were only un-cute when used for side ponytails? Idk. 

But now Topshop, Forever 21, Francesca's and Brandy Melville are all selling versions of this ugly-cute hair accessory. This pear-dotted version actually sold out at Anthropologie! But the holy grail of them all seems to be this set of velvet hair scrunchies in deep jewel tones from Urban Outfitters:

Now, I learned how to make hair scrunchies back when I was ten years old (*cough cough in 1994  *cough*) and not wanting to pay full price for these luscious velvet scrunchies, yet still wanting to know what all the fuss was about...I decided to make my own. Check it:

Well, they turned out amazeballs. Not only that, but they were SUPER DUPER cheap to make, and I kind of made, well, a lot of them. Each scrunchie takes about 5-10 minutes to make, start to finish. 

And I used scraps of fabric I already had, and repurposed old clothes to make these, so they cost me about zero dollars. 

Eat my dust, Urban Outfitters (j/k, I love you, please take all my money).

Aren't they pretty? And I'm giving you all the instructions you need to make your own! And you should, really. Your street cred alone will increase by +5.

And by the way, if you don't have any sewing skills, you can totally buy a pack of 16 velvet scrunchies for just $11.99 on Amazon.

Here's me, jumping face first on the scrunchie bandwagon:

To be honest, I sort of loved them. My hair definitely thanked me for using a soft, squishy scrunchie instead of cramming it mercilessly into an elastic hair tie like usual.

The only drawback I can see is that I did kinda feel like I was 12 again.

There was some initial stress when I realized that although I knew how to make scrunchies when I was 10, I did not, in fact, actually remember how. But after making about 15, and experimenting with different lengths of elastic and widths of fabric, I've nailed down the perfect stretchy : scrunch ratio for you. 

My daughter stole all but two of them, so I can say it's definitely worth clicking through to get the full instructions:

Ready? Let's go!

...that was my best 90's Valley Girl Voice.

Step 1: You'll need: Scraps of fabric or old clothes to repurpose, scissors, elastic and a sewing machine (or needle if you're the hand-sewing type) and thread.

I used some fabric scraps, a velvet tank top that I had never worn, and an old silk cami (scrunchie not pictured), but you can literally use whatever fabric you'd like for your scrunchie.

Step 2: Cut your strip of fabric into a piece measuring 24 inches x 3 inches, and your elastic into one 8-inch strip.

Step 3: Pin your fabric, hot dog style, with the right sides together.

Be sure to leave at least an inch on either end of your pinned fabric un-pinned and un-sewn, you'll see why in a second. 

Step 4: Sew your fabric into a tube:

Step 5: Turn your fabric inside out.

Step 6: Remember those ends you left un-sewn? Well now you'll pin and sew them together, with the right sides of the fabric facing, like shown below, creating a hole in your fabric tube so you can insert your elastic:

Step 7: Using a safety pin pinned to one end of your elastic, thread your elastic through your fabric tube.

Be careful that while you're pulling your elastic through the un-pinned end doesn't get lost on the other side. I found it helpful to secure mine with a straight pin while pulling to avoid mishaps.

Step 8: Sew the ends of your elastic together.

Step 9: Pin (and sew) the hole you just threaded your scrunchie elastic through by turning the raw edges into the fabric tube and sewing with a straight stitch.

Step 10: Blast NKOTB while being proud of your scrunchie creation:

You can also be cool like me and make a mountain of these things. In the next few days I'll be showing you how I ripped off a couple of Anthropologie's versions of the velvet scrunchie, including the pearl-dotted number from the intro.

But for now, bask in your success.

If you loved this tutorial, you'd probably also like my tutorial to make a cropped scalloped sweatshirt or my DIY no-sew chocker tee.

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