Web ResourcesEnchanted by Sewing Show Notes and Links to Shows http://www.enchantedbysewing.blogspot.com/2014/12/ench-by-sew-027-festive-holiday-tees.html
Audio-Only Link http://ec.libsyn.com/p/7/1/3/713e354889f7b167/FINALcastFestiveTeaAndTeesdec2014.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d06c98e3ed7cf5d5260&c_id=8063812
What is a Chou-Chou or a Scrunchie? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrunchie
Although I made chou-chous for holiday gifts, they are a perfect cleanup-for-the-New-Year or anytime, sewing cleanup/recycling project. You can't get more green than using up scraps of fabric that are too pretty to toss. You can also use the ends of stained or recycled clothing. You can even repurpose old worn elastic!
In the current - Festive Holiday Tees and Tea - Enchanted by Sewing Episode (audio/podcast) , I described the process of sewing Chou-Chous, which are also known as Scrunchies. You can listen to that episode on your computer or download it to your favorite mobile device.
Here's the idea in picture form, to help you follow along with the Technicos segment of that show.
|I can never toss really pretty scraps|
But at some point, I need to use them!
|I measure out 10 inches of 1/4 inch elastic|
|I fold a 20 (or slightly longer) tube of scrap fabric|
This one isn't perfectly straight and it has one edge hemmed as a result
of a long-ago project trim. No problem
|I pieced on one extra scrap, to make the tube about the|
An extra seam at an odd place isn't a problem
when you are scrunching up the fabric anyway
|I cut a piece of string longer than the length of the tube|
|And lay it inside the tube, along the fold line|
|Push the sewn across end down into the tube|
|Pull the string end through the tube, so the outside pulls through|
|Note that this is a very thick, fabric like chou-chou|
That's because I chose not to trim the seam after I sewed it,
to give that sausage-like appearance.
|Remember, the chou-chou fabric tube should be about twice as long as the elastic,|
so that the fabric scrunches up
You also want enough elastic to be able to double the band around the hair
Otherwise, it will slide off.
|Open the sewn-across end, by snipping off the string|
Now you have two open ends
|Add a safety pin to your 10" of elastic|
Pull the elastic through your tube
|I set the zig-zab stitch on my machine|
|I caught up/secured my elastic end on both ends|
with a zig-zag stitch.
Be careful not to lose the elastic ends down either end of the tube, at this point!
|Then I sewed the two secured ends together|
|When I doubled the finishing off seam back to get a neater finish|
I broke my needle
So after that, I wrapped my second, neatening seam with a hand stitch
That takes less time than changing my machine needle!