Sweatpants leg elastics can be taken from sweatpants and reused as hair ties. By reusing sweat pants elastics, material otherwise slated for the trash can be put to use while saving money. This article will look at how to make good-looking, useful hair scrunchies from sweatpants leg elastics.
First, harvest the elastics from sweatpants. Many people cut the elastics off of sweatpants as they don’t like how the elastic is tight or they find them uncomfortable. When sweatpants are cut to shorts and the legs reused as hats or other crafts, the elastic often is not used and can then be harvested. For the hair tie to work, the sweatpants have to have an actual elastic rather than just a hem like some do. When cutting the elastic off, focus on cutting straight across at the length of the sweatpants. For hats and other crafts, focus on the needs of the hat. Unless you cut right against the elastic, your hair tie will be fine.
One way to make the hair tie is to trim the material right off at the hem, leaving the cut edge in the hair tie. Stretch out the elastic to eliminate the cloth bunching, in order to make an even cut. Cut around the outside of the sewing on the elastic, leaving about an eighth of an inch of sweatpants cloth on the hair tie. Leaving the cloth prevents the stitching from coming undone; cutting too close can compromise the hem.
Alternatively, cut the material about a half inch out, and stretch the elastic until the remaining cloth allows no more stretching. Fold the cloth over to hide the cut end and blend it into the hair tie. It is essential to stretch out the elastic first, or the string will be too tight and will break.
You now have a hair scrunchy that is durable and looks good. Not only are sweatpants elastic hair ties free, they also utilize material that would otherwise go to waste. Because sweatpants elastics are built for rugged wear, the homemade hair ties are even better and stronger than the ones you can buy in the store.