How to Make Foam Curlers

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How to Make Foam Curlers
Homemade foam curlers are lightweight and easy on your hair. (hair style image by Mat Hayward from

Making your own foam curlers is easy and inexpensive. Sleeping in curlers can be very uncomfortable, but foam is a flexible, lightweight material that can be soft and quick drying. There have been several types of foam curlers on the market over the years. An effective type of curler that can easily be made at home features a little pillow of foam or polyester sewn into an outer casing. These curlers can be kinder to the hair than hair blowers and can be made in various sizes, depending on how tight or loose you want your curls.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Foam or polyester
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot attachment
  • Hand needle
  • Buttons
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Create a pattern by drawing a 4-inch by 9-inch rectangle on your paper. Cut out this rectangle and discard the remainder of the paper.

  2. 2

    Lay out the cotton fabric. Put the pattern on the fabric and use it as a guide to cut your rectangle of fabric.

  3. 3

    Fold the piece of fabric lengthwise, making sure the right sides of the fabric are together.

  4. 4

    Sew 4 inches down the long, open side of the fabric using a 1/4" seam. Stitch together by hand or machine the horizontal top end of the fabric where you began your seam. Turn right side out. You are creating a casing for your foam or polyester.

  5. 5

    Fill the casing with a 4-inch long piece of foam or with polyester. Experiment by cutting several pieces of foam in varying widths to determine what size works best for the width of your casing. Sew the open end closed.

  6. 6

    Sew thread loosely across the previous stitches, leaving a long piece of thread remaining at the end. Pull this thread to gather the fabric and secure by tying a knot. You are done with the stuffed portion of your curler.

  7. 7

    Turn the fabric around now to work with the remaining fabric that has not been stuffed with the foam or polyester. Fold over the short end edge and the remaining long edges by ¼ inch. Fold one long edge toward the centre. Fold the remaining long edge over the previous one. Stitch completely down one side, across the end, and back down the other long side.

  8. 8

    Sew a buttonhole in the end of this piece. Snip the buttonhole open. Buttonholes can also be sewn by hand. Simply mark the buttonhole length on your fabric. Snip the hole open. Thread your needle and tie both thread ends together. Insert your needle, pulling up through the fabric's wrong side to the right side about 1/8 inch from the opening. Take the needle back down through the hole opening. Repeat the step again. Each time you bring the thread up through the fabric, pull your needle through the previous thread loop on the buttonhole. Continue this process around the complete buttonhole.

  9. 9

    Sew your button onto the end of the stuffed portion of the curler.

  10. 10

    Roll a section of hair around the stuffed portion of your polyester or foam hair curler and button the remaining fabric piece over the hair section. That's it.

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