Wednesday, 26 March 2014

DIY Bunny Ear Scrunchies & Hairbands

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Once again scrunchies have been popping up all over the high street and over the last year these bunny ear designs have been everywhere. Although the return of the scrunchie seems to be dividing opinion, love it or hate it I'd been wanting to try out this project for a very long time, and today I'll be sharing the tutorial!

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If scrunchies aren't your thing you can skip straight to the second part of this DIY where you can learn how to make bunny ears to add to your regular hairbands instead! Here's the step-by-steps...

Part One - The Scrunchie

1. Cut a length of fabric that measures approx. 50 x 7cm

2. Fold in half lengthways, with the printed side of the fabric facing inwards (as shown below)

3. Sew along the length of fabric leaving a seam allowance of approx. 1/4" or half a cm

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4. Turn your fabric tube inside out so that the printed side is now facing outwards - use something like a knitting needle to help with this step (shown below) - then iron the strip flat

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5. Cut a length of elastic a little longer than you want the finished scrunchie to be (I'd suggest approx. 25cm) and tie it onto your knitting needle or a safety pin

6. Thread the elastic through the fabric tube, bunching it onto the elastic to create the scrunchie effect as loosley or tightly as you wish

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7. Tie a knot in the elastic at the desired length and trim off any excess

8. Fold under one end of the tube and tuck the other end inside it. Machine stitch straight over the join, trapping the elastic in place (shown below)

Usually I would suggest handstitching around the edge so that it is not sewn onto the elastic and gives a neater finish however the bunny ears in part two of this project will cover the stitched join!

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Part Two - The Bunny Ears 

1. Take a piece of fabric approx. the size on an A4 piece of paper. Lay out the rectangle landscape ways on your table and fold in half once, taking the far left side and bringing it to meet the far right. Then fold again, this time so that the bottom edge meets the top one

2. Draw on your ear shape (as shown below) using a pencil or erasable pen and once you are happy with the design cut it out using scissors

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3. When you unfold the fabric you should be left with something that looks like the shape shown below. Fold this in half with the printed sides together (as shown) and iron flat

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4. Stitch along the edges of the fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allownace, and a gap in the middle (between the two 'ears') which will be used to add the wire later on

5. Turn the fabric back in the right way and once again, iron flat

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6. Take a length of wire, approximately the same length as the 'ear shape' and bend over each end into a small loop (as shown below). You can then also wrap some tape around the loop if you want to make sure there are no sharp edges

7. Thread the wire into the 'ears' using the gap you left in step 4, fold the edges of the fabric in and handstitch the gap shut to secure the wire inside the 'ears'

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8. You should now be able to tie the 'ears' in a knot around the scrunchie - make sure you tie them on over the join to cover up the visible stitching, and your bunny ear scrunchie is finished!

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For those who don't want to embrace the resurgence of the scrunchie trend here's what the wire bunny ears look like on a normal hairband - less of a statement but just as cute!

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As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hashtag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!
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