My youngest daughter wanted a sewing machine for xmas this year.  She is interested in fashion and making her own clothes.  I bought her the Singer 1409 Promise Sewing Machine at Target on Black Friday.  It was within my price range and looked simple enough for a first sewing machine.  She quickly learned how to thread it as this machine makes it easy peasy.  I only had to show her a couple times and she has been doing it on her own ever since.

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She started off practicing stitches and learning how to control the pedal.  She then went on to make little catnip filled pillows for the cats, which the dog chewed up instead.

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So on to her first big project:

Hair Scrunchies

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I remembered making hair scrunchies in a class in high school.  It’s a good easy project for a kid and you can make many of them!   Don’t forget to backstitch so your stitching doesn’t come apart.

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Step 1:

First you want to choose a piece of fabric and 3/8″ wide piece of elastic.

There are plenty of online places to buy fabric like this cute Tea Party Fat Quarter Assortment or I went to JoAnne Fabrics and just picked out a bunch of different Fat Quarters and Fabric Quarters.  They are 18″ x 21″ and great for small projects.

For a child size scrunchy cut it 3″ x 12″.   Cut the elastic 5 1/2″ long.

For an adult cut it 4″ x 16″.  Cut the elastic 7″ long.

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Step 2:

Fold in half lengthwise with the pattern facing the inside.

Pin or mark where you will be sewing.  You will leave 1 1/2″ of the bottom and top open.  So 1 1/2″ from the top you will begin sewing lengthwise and stop 1 1/2″ before the bottom.  Sew about 1/2″ in along the edge.

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Step 3:

Turn the tube right side out.

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Step 4:

Spread out the ends.  Fold one end to meet the other with the right sides facing each other.  Pin them together.

Sew together.

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Step 5:

Push loop together.

Place a safety pin on one side of the elastic and feed it through the tube.

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When you have both ends of elastic sticking out put them together and sew across them to make a circle of elastic inside the tube.

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Step 6:

Stitch as close to the edge as possible and stitch the opening closed.  You could also hand stitch the ends together if you prefer.

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See I told you it was easy!  Now go make a bunch of them.

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You can also visit my Instructable where you can download a PDF version.

Let me know what you think of this project in the comments :)