Do you remember when Carrie Bradshaw determined that a woman wearing a scrunchie in her hair was either:
a) washing her face, or
b) a scrubbed-cheeked hillbilly from Hickville?
Well, no more. A recent discussion panel on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (a programme where they normally tackle such weighty issues as gender pay inequality) suggested the Scrunchie is back and with a vengeance. No longer an apologetic substitute for a decent hairstyle, the Scrunchie worn ironically is the hairstyle.
Make one that’s a bit out of the ordinary for your daughter or fashionista niece so that she can wear it with a donut: use the scrunchie instead of pins to tuck in hair. Or, as the Radio 4 programme suggests, make it enormous and out of Dutch Wax cloth like a youngster’s version of a traditional headdress. Or use Day-Glo neoprene or paper silk. Make it from the leg of some old jeans (especially if they’re leather!). Liberty fabric leftovers make a good choice too and striped shirting is good for tomboys. Just don’t underestimate the amount of material this will require: the postmodern Scrunchie is a monster.
You will need:
a) One of these metal-free hair ties. These vary in quality so make sure they’ll last by giving them a reasonable stretch before committing to purchase. If they snap, walk off nonchalantly!
If possible, cut with pinking shears.
Press under 1cm on each short end of the fabric.
With right sides together, fold the folded corners together over the centre of the hair tie.
Stitch the long side with a 1cm seam allowance, keeping the hair tie stretched out of the way. When you get to the end, leave long strands of thread hanging.
Feed to the right side. I use a safety pin.
Use one of the long thread ends to slipstitch the opening closed.
And no, you won’t catch me wearing one of these but then I live in England and my ears are usually cold 😉
Are you a (closet) scrunchie wearer? Any interesting fabric suggestions?