We are full swing into summer and I’ve been trying to think of some fun DIYs to celebrate our favorite time of the year. I don’t know why, but when I think summer, I think of scrunchies. They are the absolute most perfect accessory to every summer outfit. You just can’t go wrong by adding a colorful scrunchie or two to your hair or wrist. Kiki already has a big drawer full of scrunchies, but I wanted to create something a little more vibrant and unique to us. I decided to create some no-sew name scrunchies for us using a vibrant kente-inspired fabric and my Cricut Joy and Easypress for personalization. I’m still dodging my sewing machine for no logical reason, so the no-sew came in clutch.
During the planning stages of this DIY, I envisioned us both wearing our hair in box braids, buuut that takes time. Time I did not have, so our scrunchies got wrists and purple washable hair paint wax instead. I had promised Kiki I would give her purple hair forgetting that I had to photograph our scrunchies, so that’s what had happened. LOL. Summer 2021 is just whatever at this point.
I started this project by cutting strips of fabric about 5″ x 12″ and 15″ long elastic strips. I made the scrunchies on the chunky side since Kiki has so much hair. I made the elastic strips slightly longer than the fabric to be able to tie it into a knot once “threaded through the inside of the fabric. Next, I folded the fabric horizontally and glued the sides together carefully tucking in any raw edges. While not required, I let the glue dry overnight.
The next day, in Design Space, I started a file with our names, nicknames and some little hearts from the Images section. I used a bold handwritten font for our names and a bold sans-serif font for our nicknames. I sent the project to my Cricut Joy which was perfect for this project. I made sure to mirror the Once the machine was done cutting the iron-on vinyl, I weeded what I didn’t need, made necessary cuts with scissors, and started positioning the iron-on vinyl transfers onto the fabric. I used my Easypress to transfer the iron-on onto the fabric. This is where an EasyPress Mini would have been perfect.
After heat transferring all of the vinyl to our scrunchies, it was time to thread the elastic inside the fabric. I hooked a weeder tool onto the elastic and place the cap back on to keep it from snagging the fabric and pushed it on through the inside of our, now, scrunchies. I tightly tied both ends of the elastic twice and cut off any excess elastic. The final step was to seal the scrunchies using fabric glue, carefully tucking any raw edges inside of the scrunchies.
We’re so happy with how our scrunchies came out. I will definitely be making more with some other unique fabrics we have. Maybe I’ll use my sewing machine! Hope this project inspired you to create something fun this summer! For more Cricut inspiration, visit inspiration.cricut.com!
Have you been doing any summer DIY’s with your Cricut? Share what you’ve been up to in the comments.
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