Little Sewing School: Lesson two

Aimee Randle

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My girls hairstyle of choice this last year has been the side ponytail - or the Si-Po as we now affectionately refer to it as. Now my eighties ladies (ok, ok, I was 7 when the eighties ended but I WAS there for the whole seven years!) what goes better with a Si-Po than a scrunchie? That's right, nothing! So our first sewing project will be none other than the eighties classic - the Scrunchie! Can you smell the Aquanet already? Alright then, lets get started - and after this project you're going to want to fill your Caboodle full of these fun hair accessories.
 For this project you are going to need the following supplies:
- a 4.5” x 20” (11.5 x 50 cm) strip of fabric 
- coordinating thread
- 9" of 1/4" or 1/8" (3.2mm or 6mm) elastic
- a safety pin
The skills learned in making the scrunchie will be:
- sewing in a straight line
- turning fabric
- threading elastic
This is Lesson 2 of our 12 part series aimed at teaching your little one how to use the sewing machine and then creating a different and fun project each week. Last week we covered introducing your child to the machine. If you are jumping in now I recommend popping back to that lesson and starting from there. This course is designed with you guiding your child through each lesson and is not meant or recommended for your child to go at it alone. Children should be supervised at all times while using the sewing machine.
Alright, lets get started. Here's a fun diagram to walk you through the steps to create the scrunchie. 

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And if you're the kind of learner who prefers the steps written out for you instead of visuals here they are step by step: 

1. Cut a piece of fabric 4.5” x 20” (11.5 x 50 cm). This project is so great for stash busting and experimenting with sewing fabrics of different textures and weights. I would start with an easy fabric - like a quilting cotton - and then move on from there. 

2. Fold over one of the short ends 1/2” (1.25 cm) and press.

3. Fold fabric in half lengthways with right sides together and sew with a 1/2” (1.25) seam allowance, turn rightsizes out

4. Pin safety pin through one side of elastic and thread thru the casing.

5. After you have threaded the elastic through, tie it in a knot to connect. 

6. Tuck the raw side neatly into folded side and stitch down.

7. Wah-Lah! Scrunchie complete. 

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... or two

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... or one in each colour of the rainbow!

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We had so much fun with these and I hope you will too! Join in next Friday for the next lesson. We'd love to see your own sewing school in action using our lessons so please tag us in #pplittlesewingschool to share the fun! If you have any questions or comments leave them in our new interactive comment bar below or join us for inspiration and fun in our Puzzle Pattern Facebook Group!


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