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How to Make Sleeve Scrunchies

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Learn how to make sleeve scrunchies to keep your child’s sleeves up while they play sports.  This easy to sew tutorial can be personalized to make a sleeve scrunchie with your favorite sport or team.

how to make sleeve scrunchies

Back when I was kid, when the days got hot and we were busy running around, we’d roll up our short sleeves and hope they stayed put.   Now in the day of organized sports for even the littlest athletes, sleeve scrunchies help keep those pesky sleeves from falling down.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Alison, the newest contributor to Growing Up Gabel.  Alison is a homeschooling mom who is (obviously) very crafty and talented.  You are going to love the fun projects Alison will be sharing.   I love how quick, easy and personalized Alison’s sleeve scrunchies are to make.


how to make a sleeve scrunchies


Sleeve Scrunchies Supplies:
20” of 1/4” elastic
12” of 1” nylon webbing
6” velcro
6” of decorative ribbon

How to make a sleeve scrunchi

Cut elastic into 4 – 5” pieces
Cut webbing into 2 – 3” pieces and 2 – 2 1/2” pieces
Cut rough velcro into 2 – 2 1/2” pieces
Cut soft velcro into 2 – 3” pieces
Cut ribbon into 2 – 3” pieces

Lightly burn the edges of each piece of webbing and ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.

how to make a sleeve scrunchie

Take one 2 1/2” piece of webbing and a 2 1/2” piece of rough elastic.

Sandwich the ends of two pieces of elastic between the webbing and velcro, with 1/2” of elastic under the velcro and stitch around the edge of the velcro.

Make sure to go over the end with the elastic twice to insure a secure hold. Repeat for other sleeve.

Sleeve Scrunchie process 3

Next, take the 3” piece of webbing and 3” piece of smooth velcro and sandwich the exposed elastic ends between the two, also placing 1/2” of the elastic under the velcro.

MAKE SURE the two pieces of velcro are not on the same sides of the webbing.

When you lay the completed project on a flat surface only one piece of velcro will be seen. The other will be touching the flat surface.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Sleeve scrunchie process 2

Finally, take the decorative ribbon and place on the 3” piece of webbing, opposite the smooth velcro, and stitch around the edge of the ribbon.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Finished sleeve scrunchie flat

If you have an embroidery machine, you can even embroider names on to the sleeve scrunchies.

sleeve scrunchies

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  • April
    August 9, 2019

    Why use1/4 inch elastic? What about using 1/2 or 3/5 4 inch instead?

  • Abigayle Hills
    June 1, 2018

    I love this idea! I am starting softball next spring and this will be great for my uniform! Thanks

  • Rich
    May 9, 2018

    Hi, can you buy these already made, to hold up the tshirt sleeves?

    • Camille Gabel
      May 10, 2018

      No, sorry we don’t sell them!

    • Deb
      July 16, 2018

      You can buy them already made on

  • Nancy Jensen
    August 28, 2017

    in the directions you say to cut the elastic into 5″ pieces. Then when assembling you say to take a 2/12″ piece of elastic. Is this a mistake? Do you use 5″or 2 1/2″?

  • Ella Clark
    August 19, 2017

    I play soccer and I love sewing so I think this could really help me for when I play thanks for sharing this super cool soccer hack! 🙂

    • Camille
      August 23, 2017

      I hope it works! Have a great season!

  • Jane K. Pryor
    December 9, 2016

    This is perfect for DIY sleeveless shirts. You can create different results for this sleeve scrunchies. You can refashion the t-shirt into a sleeveless sports t-shirt or you can make the mens dress shirt into a womens chic sleeveless top. As long as you are creative enough to design this, you can make it. Anyway, if anyone of you guys wanted to buy for a sports team t-shirts of your favorite sports like soccer, football, volleyball or baseball sport, you can shop at, and get a big discount this Holiday Season. There are lots of options for the kids, men and women category. All you need is to search it on the site and choose your favorite.

  • Christine
    April 14, 2016

    Very clever! Does it help motivate your child to mow the lawn on a hot day?!? If so, I’ll take 50! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

  • Christine
    April 4, 2016

    Those are so cute and clever! I’ve seen a few girls with these before, but never had the guts to ask them where they got them or how they made them. This should make our summer much better! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Heidy
    April 1, 2015

    What a fab idea, never thought of sleeve scrunchies—you ROCK!!
    Thank you for sharing on #PureBlogLove, I hope to see another fantastic blog post again this Thursday night!!! I have pinned your links <3

  • Sarah R.
    April 1, 2015

    Oh I love this! I’m always tucking my sleeves into my bra strap during the summers…this would look SO much better! So glad you linked up to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Brittany
    March 31, 2015

    Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 30, 2015

    Yes! I need to make these for the summer. Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday link party.

  • Diane
    March 29, 2015

    Such a creative and useful idea!
    Thanks for linking up at #PureBlogLove Link Party. The party goes live every Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. and runs through the week end. I’m hosting at I’d love to see more of your great ideas at our party!

  • Agatha
    March 25, 2015

    Cute idea. One t-shirt two possibilities!

  • Amber
    September 5, 2014

    do you have to use the webbing? what purpose does it serve? very excited to make these I have everything on hand except the webbing hence the question 🙂

    • Camille
      September 9, 2014

      Hi Amber! I use the webbing to add stability to the ribbon. They will have to stand up to a lot of pulling and tugging and I feared the ribbon would fall apart.

    • April
      August 9, 2019

      What the reason for using 1/4 inch elastic? What about using 1/2 or 3/5 4 inch instead?

  • Niki Chennell
    August 14, 2014

    I love this. Do you embroider them after you sew them together??

    • Camille
      August 15, 2014

      Hi Niki! Yes – Alison says that she embroiders them before she puts them together to hide the messy back.

  • Julie
    July 18, 2014

    Oooo what a clever idea. Love this. Pinning so I never forget!