I have super straight hair that refuses to hold a curl unless it has been set on rollers. I have never been able to find rollers comfortable enough to sleep on so I set to work trying to make my own and this is what I came up with.
Step 1: Supplies
Soft fabric - I used a pair of unworn tights, so it is a super stretchy fabric. T-shirt material would probably work well also.
Polyester fiber fill stuffing
Sewing machine (optional)
Step 2: Measure and Cut Fabric
I cut my fabric into 2 inch wide strips. You can adjust this to whatever width you like depending how big of curls you want.
Step 3: Sew the Fabric Strips Into Tubes
Fold and pin your fabric strips in half lengthwise. Then go ahead and sew the two edges together. I used a sewing machine to sew and finish the edge with a zig zag stitch so that it is nice and sturdy. If you don't have a sewing machine you could probably do this with a needle and thread. Just be sure to keep the stitches nice and small so that no stuffing escapes!
After all the strips were sewn I cut them into pieces approximately 7 inches long for each roller. You can make them longer or shorter depending on the length of your hair.
Step 4: Adding the Elastic
Cut the elastic cord into pieces about 3 inches long. Cut one for each roller.
To attach the elastic fold the piece in half and lay inside one end of the fabric tube to that just the 2 ends are sticking out.(the loop will be inside the tube) Pin in place and then go ahead and sew across the end of the tube. I went over it several times to make sure it is well attached and won't pull out.
After all the sewing is finished go ahead and flip the tube inside out and now you should have a nice elastic loop at the top of the tube and all of the seams neatly hidden on the inside
Step 5: Stuffing!
I found it easiest to roll the tube up to get the stuffing all the way to the end and roll it back down as you add more stuffing. I packed in quite a lot of stuffing so that they would hold their shape once the hair is wrapped around.
Stuff until the roller is as long as you like. Mine were about 5 inches. If you have really long hair you might want to make it longer. Cut off any excess fabric, leaving a half inch or so. Tuck the edge inward so that the raw edge is folded down
Step 6: Close Up the End
Using a needle and thread create small stitches around the top edge. Then pull the thread tight to close up the end. Then stitch back over it to make sure it is secure. Tie the ends of the thread and trim the extra bits.
Step 7: Finish!
That's it! Once you have made as many rollers as you need all that's left is to try them out! Just roll your hair around the roller and slip the elastic loop over the other end to secure!
I recommend that you only have your hair very slightly damp when using these as they would probably absorb a lot of moisture and won't be dry by the morning. I usually wash my hair first and dry until it is almost completely dry, then spray some leave in conditioner or setting spray on each section before wrapping.