If you are searching for ways to buy and gift sustainably this Christmas, one solution that is in the running for most eco-friendly, cost-effective and thoughtful, is the art of upcycling. As we are all forced to return to more traditional and quieter ways of celebrating the festive season this year, what with a multitude of restrictions and a lack of Christmas events, we might as well embrace it!
Upcycling is the perfect answer to "What am I going to do with this huge bundle of clothes?" that might have been building up in the corner of your room throughout the year. Or maybe it's the solution to deciding whether to keep or throw out those bed covers that have been sitting in the cupboard for so long because everyone seems to be bored of them. Upcycling is not only great for mending a loose hem, adding different coloured buttons to your favourite shirt or stitching up a ripped seam, it's also an exciting opportunity to do exactly what it says in the name, and increase the value of something you already own.
Upcycling things that you would normally throw out is an excellent way to reuse and reduce waste, but it also puts a creative twist on giving something that is completely unique and personal. We all want something to make us feel special, right? And the thought that goes behind even 10-minutes of crafting and creating does just that, whether it's for yourself or someone else.
It's safe to say that 2020 has been a year of emerging hobbies and at-home-pastimes, so it would be rude to end it without sharing a little bit of DIY!
Here is our very own step by step guide on how to sew your own scrunchie and give the ultimate eco gift this Christmas.
What you'll need:
- A pair of scissors
- Some old clothes or fabric, such as pillowcases, duvet covers, curtains etc. (Stiffer fabrics like woven cotton work best!)
- Some straight pins and a safety pin
- Needle and thread
Step 1. Cut a strip of fabric 22″ long and 6″ wide. You can change the width depending on how big you want the scrunchie. For this tutorial we have used an old dress and included some of the fabric details to add a little texture to the scrunchie.
Step 2. Fold the fabric lengthways so the right side is in the middle and pin along the fold.
Step 3. Sew along the very edge of the fabric, with a sewing machine or by hand.
Step 4. Attach a safety pin to one end of the fabric and pull through to turn it the right way around.
Step 5. Cut a piece of elastic 6-9″ long, depending on how thick your hair is. Take your elastic and attach a safety pin to one end and pull through the fabric.
Step 6. Tie the elastic into a knot, making to sure to knot three times so it doesn't come loose when you use the scrunchie.
Step 7. Tuck one end of the fabric into the other and sew them together. Don't worry about it being too neat, as you can hide the seam in the scrunch!
Finished result. And there you have your very own upcycled scrunchie!
It can seem daunting thinking about making something completely from scratch, or cutting into an old yet beloved piece of clothing for the first time, but once you have your finished product, the possibilities of what you can make are endless. It's surprising what you can get out of one simple pillowcase!
Check out our ethical scrunchie collection here.