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We all know that scrunchies are well and truly back in style. But todays tutorial takes the humble scrunchie just a little step further. What if your scrunchie had a secret compartment? Today I am going to show you how to make a zipper scrunchie – a scrunchie with zipper pocket that is a great hiding place for your valuables!
- How To Make A Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket
How To Make A Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket
Todays tutorial is a perfect fabric scrapbuster. But its a cute and very practical gift idea too! Sometimes it comes in very handy to have a little pocket in which to hide a few bank notes or secrete a lipstick. And this scrunchie with a small zippered pocket can help you do just that!
This zipper scrunchie with a hidden pocket is such a clever thing. Not only is it on trend and holds your hair brilliantly, but it is great for hiding your secret stash of cash, lipgloss, hand lotion or much more!
Scrunchies are a great accessory right now. Even if they are not being worn as a hair tie, people tend to wear them on the wrist. My little girl is obsessed! So these scrunchies with their little secret are a great gift choice. And are also a brilliant product that will sell well at craft fairs and school fetes.
Even more exciting is that you probably have all the items to make one right in your sewing box! You might think that because these scrunchies have a zip they are more difficult to make. But they really aren’t, they are in fact super easy! And because they are so useful they have become my go-to pattern now.
So what do you need to make one of these for yourself?
Materials Needed To Make A Zipper Pocket Scrunchie
- Fabric – I used cotton today, but there is no reason why you couldn’t make this out of any fabric – velvet hair scrunchies would be lovely for the festive season!
- Coordinating invisible zipper – mine was about 7 inches long to start, but you will be cutting it down
- Coordinating thread
- Elastic – mine was 8mm wide, though I am sure 6mm is good too.
- Scissors, a ruler, needles and pins / clips
- A sewing machine is preferable, though you can make these by hand too (it’s just a bit more difficult and less sturdy)
How To Make A DIY Scrunchie With Hidden Pocket
Prepare Your Zip
My zip was a little long, so I closed it right up, and sewed a few stitches over the zipper teeth about half way down to tightly secure it shut at this point. I then cut off the portion below the new stopper point to give me a zip that was now about 3-4 inches (10cm) long.
Prepare Your Fabric
Wash, dry and iron your fabric as usual. Measure your fabric – mine measured 6 inches wide by 20 inches long (15cm x 50cm approx).
Sewing the zip to the main part of the fabric
Place your fabric right side up. Open up the invisible zipper and place the right side of the zipper face down into the middle of the long edge of the fabric. pin it into place.
Then, sew the zipper into place as closely to the teeth as possible. If you are using a sewing machine a zipper foot is useful for this. When sewing with a machine, once you get close to the zip puller, lift your presser foot, close the zip back up to the top, and then finish sewing the zip close to the teeth. Use a backstitch at the beginning and end to ensure it is secure.
Next, open the zip again and place the unattached half of the zipper face down to the opposite long edge of the scrunchie fabric.
Again, sew this into place as closely as you can to the teeth.
Sewing up the rest of the scrunchie
Next, fold the long edges of the main scrunchie fabric right sides together. And sew both sides from where the zip ends to about an inch away from the ends. See my dotted lines on the photo. I used a 5/8 inch (1.5cm) seam allowance for this.
TIP: I have found you get a neater finish if you open the zip up halfway and start to sew just inside where the zipper teeth are. This creates a fabric tube with some ‘flappy ends’.
Turn the whole tube right way out.
Take your flappy ends and place these ends together with right sides facing each other. Pin.
Sew a scant seam allowance to join them. When you pull them you are left with a small opening.
Insert your elastic
I used 7 inches of elastic, though you may want more or less depending on your tightness preference. Use a bodkin, safety pin or needle to thread your elastic through the fabric tube.
Then sew the ends of the elastic together to secure.
Finally, stitch the opening shut with a slip stitch (ladder stitch) or by using your sewing machine. Slip stitching always looks neater, but sometimes a machine is just easier!
You Have Finished Your Zipper Scunchie!
These make great hair accessories in themselves, and are certainly great hair ties, but the secret zipper compartment I feel just takes them to a new level.
I will be making them for everyone I can think of this holiday season, certainly for all the women in my friendship circle. And I may put some up for sale in may Etsy shop too! I think I am going to make myself a velvet zipper scrunchie as a deluxe version – what do you think?
Things To Stash In Your Hidden Pocket Scrunchie
There are a multitude of items you can pop into your hidden pocket scrunchie. It is perfect for hiding your valuables when travelling or sightseeing, and great for when you are on the go. But here are just a few small items that you can stash in the secret compartment.
- Money – especially when travelling or on a night out
- Ear pods
- Lip balm or hand cream
- Chewing gum
- A key
- Jewellery when you are at the pool or beach
Anything small enough to fit into the pocket in fact! What will you put in your scrunchie stash? They are so useful that you will wonder how you ever managed before…
An Adult Use For Your Stash Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket
I will say that I had an ulterior motive for making these in such a wide size. The width that I used above is the perfect size to stash a miniature of vodka, gin or the like. So these pocket zipper scrunchies are a great way of smuggling alcohol into festivals etc…
I will leave that with your conscience…
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