Sister Scrunchie


Photo by Amanda Castellanos

Katie Ibanez holding one of her scrunchie packs.

Scrunchies are back and better than ever.

Katie Ibanez (10) created her own business, “Lucia Katie Scrunchies”, in October of 2018. All her scrunchies are handmade. She uses social media to advertise her products.

They are easy to make and they turn a profit.

“It takes about 5 minutes for me to make one scrunchie,” Ibanez said.

She started this business to fundraise for the Arts for Autism charity in New York City.

Arts for Autism is an event that consists of performances to raise money for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.

The profits from this business will be used to fund the trip to New York where she and around 40 others will perform a play to fundraise money for the cause.

Her goal is to make $2300, and since the beginning of October, she has already made $600.

“I’m going to continue to make scrunchies and continue my business since it is a good way for me to earn money to support causes that I would like to help,” Ibanez said.

Many students who have purchased scrunchies from her have enjoyed her high quality products.

“Katie’s scrunchies are so cute and the quality is much better than most scrunchies I get from actual stores,” Madison Waldrop (10) said.

She offers scrunchies in a wide variety of styles.

“I love the scrunchies because she makes all types of them and always has colors to match the season,” Cherish Billings (10) said.

Because of all the positive feedback, Ibanez is motivated to continue her business.

“I wasn’t going to keep making scrunchies but so many people loved them so I decided it would be a good idea to keep the business going.”

Ibanez believes it is important to support others, as people have been so generous and supportive with her.

“I wanted to help with the research of Autism because I’ve always been interested in something like this and now that I have the chance, I want to take it,” Ibanez said.

Ibanez encourages all to seize any opportunity to serve others.