This quarantine has me staring at my phone more than usual… anyone else’s screen time gone up in the last few weeks? Well, mine has by HOURS… but in this case, it’s not entirely bad because the other day I randomly saw this image on IG of these cute fluffy rouched grosgrain headbands by lelet ny and was inspired to make a few. FINALLY a little creative inspiration and motivation! I felt productive for the fits time in days.
I have to say, these headbands are really simple to make… and would take far less time TO MAKE if I had used a sewing machine and probably turn out better than mine did too, but my sewing machine never works properly, so I hand-stitched… and I did each with a different style stitch to see which stitch worked better… and to be honest, neither is better, they both turned out a little wonky so I’d recommend a straight running stitch with sewing machine if you have one.
Luckily I had all the supplies I needed to make a few… however, the only grosgrain material I have is in ribbon form and though mine is fairly wide, it’s not wide enough to make a really fluffy rouched scrunchie headband like the ones in the inspo photos below from lelet ny. HOWEVER, mine might be slightly more wearable for the regular lady vs the very bold lady who might wear the larger one… just stayin. For this DIY, I made the more wearable option because I had no other choice 🙂 and you can make either!
Mine are much smaller… but still cute!
Find them on I N S T A G R A M // leletny
What You’ll Need…
* Skinny headbands
* Grosgrain ribbon or material at least 2″ wide. I used 2″ (grey) & 2-1/4″ (green)
* Matching thread and needle
* OPTIONAL // glue, if you’d rather
The grosgrain is stiff and will stay put whereas a satin material will fall a little and if you decide to make a larger one, I’d suggest maybe stuffing it a little bit with something fluffy, like batting or whatever to keep it standing upright unless you use a stiff fabric like grosgrain or maybe even denim or corduroy.
Cut about 22″-30″ of ribbon or fabric, fold in half with underside showing and pin edges in place.
Leave about an inch and a half at the end and begin stitching by hand or machine.
I tried both these stitches, one was not better than the other, however a closer stitch is better than longer one because the longer one gapes open a little, even though it’s a nicer-looking stitch… ANYWAY…
Finish by leaving about an inch or more at the opposite end as well.
Carefully turn your long ribbon tubes inside out so the front side is showing and your stitches are hidden.
Run your headbands through the tubes… cut off end if too long for headband, the longer the tube, the more scrunch you get.
Fold your ends over toward the center/under side twice and stitch down/in place to create a nice closed end. If you prefer, you can glue these down as well.
My inner headbands were fabric material so I was able to stitch through them to keep my ends placed instead of slipping down, it helped a bit, but glue works as well.
If you’d rather buy…
Other than this designer lelet, (my inspo, who happens to be a little expensive), in my search for more options I’ve only seen similar styles on etsy and mostly in velvet and satin… This etsy shop makes a bunch of scrunchie headbands. This satin and pearl option is really pretty too. And here’s a big and puffy pretty pink one and this floral one is cute too! I’ve linked them all in the widget below if you want to check them out.
* Find all my DIYs here