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The return of the (gasp)…scrunchie

Remember scrunchies? They were the ubiquitous hair accessories of the 90s. Every pre-teen and teen wore one on her wrist for the moment when she wanted to put her hair up in a quick ponytail.

They disappeared from our house faster than a box of Thin Mints, and I thought that was the end of them. But you know how it is…just when you’re sure something has been permanently banned from the fashion world, it’s resurrected.

Scrunchies, it seems, are making a comeback. I discovered this one day when daughter number 2 (age 25) blew in from Cincinnati, a striped scrunchie in hand. I’ve learned not to make any comments until someone offers an explanation. Well, says Miz 25-year-old, she’d discovered this one at one of her favorite retail haunts, American Apparel — that haven of knit basics (i.e. cotton tees in zillions of styles and colors).

My guess is that they had a glut of knit fabric leftovers and someone said, “Hey, let’s not waste this stuff — let’s reinvent the scrunchie.” Because basically, all you need is about a three inch by 30 inch strip of fabric, some elastic and a sewing machine. I learned to make these back when the girls first wore them and we’d make one to match every clothing item we sewed.

So…anyway…Anne surprised me by asking if I could teach her to make scrunchies. In about 30 minutes, we’d made two from some scraps we’d located in the attic — including some baseball fabric from her baseball/softball-playing days. No pattern for us, but if you need some help, try these instructions from about.com.

Here’s what we ended up with…