We mer-maid to be friends!
Mermaid everything, please! These little Valentine mermaids have a knotted velvet scrunchie as a ‘skirt’, plus a pun, there is no better combo! I’m all about the non-candy valentines and this one has a useful treat!
The basic scrunchie was one of my first sewing projects growing up. I mass produced them on the floor of my bedroom and I think I even wore them after. And it was so fun! I also got into those weird bandana things that people wore circa 1998, why did we wear those again? Anyways, another good first sewing project for another day ;) It’s fun that scrunchies are coming back a little bit. This is a fun twist on the basic scrunchie – it has a knotted bow tied over it. The bow makes the project extra girly, but also makes it easier to construct the scrunchie. You’ll hide the topstitching with the knot!
If your kid insists on treats, the scrunchie works as band to hold a candy bar, so stick one under the band of the scrunchie on the back.
I used my Cricut Maker machine to cut the fabric for these scrunchies! The file download on this post includes both a PDF and an SVG file for your use. The PDF can be printed from your home computer and is a pattern piece of the knot part.
The SVG file can be uploaded directly to Cricut Design Space. It’s pre-sized and has 3 scrunchie pieces and 2 full knot pieces on one panel. The Maker cuts the pieces out in a matter of seconds while you can be doing other things! Like sewing! This is the perfect project for the Maker because it cuts the small pattern pieces out precisely and all at once! The strips are also perfectly cut and ready to sew! There is no pinning paper to fabric here or measuring out strips. Just cut and go!
I’ve raved about the Maker in quite a few posts, and the machine has a permanent set-up next to my sewing machine. I always loved the possibilities of a cutting machine but before the Maker came out, I wasn’t totally sure how often I would use a machine like this. But now that the Maker cuts all types of fabric, I find myself using it all the time, and trying new projects that I wouldn’t normally, such as the Gem Quilt Block and Coffee Cup Quilt Block. Also compare the Explore Air 2 to the Maker in this post to see which meets your needs best!
These scrunchies are the perfect size to double around a tiny little bun!
Let’s get sewing!
1/4″ seam allowance included.
-1/3 yard Quilting Cotton
-1/2″ elastic, cut into 8″ strips
-Cardstock to print on
-cardboard/chipboard/cereal boxes for extra stability
-Printable download, see below
To make the cards, print download the mermaid card file and print it out. They print 2 to a page. Trim the cards down to 4″ wide by 6″ tall. Cut cardboard or chipboard the same size and glue to the back of the cards. This will help the card to not bow when the scrunchie is wrapped around it.
I used my Cricut Trimmer from the Essential Tool set to cut the cardstock and chipboard down to size. I love this little trimmer, I also use it to trim pattern pages!
To make 1 scrunchie cut a strip of velvet 2.5″ by 18″ long and a piece of elastic 8″ long.
When you upload the image to design space, it will look like this on your canvas.
Click on the image and then hit “ATTACH” at the bottom right of the canvas. This will make the image stay on the canvas so it won’t be rearranged.
Hit the green MAKE button at the top of the screen and then set everything up! You’ll first get a screen that says your design requires a 12″ by 24″ mat so just say okay and then pick your material, which is Cotton in this case. That’s all the set-up required! There is no adjusting tension or whatever! The screen will prompt you to load the appropriate tool, the Rotary Blade which comes in the box with the Maker. And then you hit GO!
And this is what you’ll get:
Each mat you cut will have enough for 3 scrunchies and 2 knot ties.
Take 1 strip and 2 tie pieces.
Fold the strip in half longways and press. Sew along the bottom edge 1/4″ from the raw edges.
Attach a safety pin to your elastic.
Turn the scrunchie tube right side out. No need to press this since we’ll be “scrunching” it all up anyways. Thread the elastic through the tube. When the end hits the end of the tube, sew the elastic to the tube.
Then continue threading, scrunching the fabric as you go. When you get to the other side, take the safety pin out and sew the other elastic edge to the tube. Bring the two ends of the scrunchie together and stitch the ends together. Since we will cover your sewing lines with a knot, you don’t have to fold the ends under or hide the stitching.
Place 1 knot piece on top of the other with right sides together. Sew all the way around, pivoting at the points. Leave about 1″ open in the middle of the knot piece. Turn right side out and press. Tie the knot over the place where the scrunchie ends meet and tie into a knot. All done! The knot will hide it’s own opening and cover the topstitching you created on the scrunchie.
Pull the scrunchie over the chipboard Valentine and it’s ready to give!
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