Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket – How To Make A Stash Scrunchie

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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 Stash Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket - This easy sewing tutorial shows you how to make a hidden pocket scrunchie. Perfect for concealing and hiding your valuables and small items, this scrunchie with a hidden pocket has a secret compartment, useful for storing useful objects. Great for travelling, festivals, nights out and more. Make a DIY zipper scrunchie by hand or using a sewing machine. A great scrap fabric project, and perfect item to sew and sell too!

 

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. 

See my other ideas for products to sew and sell.

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

 

Materials needed for stash 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.

Prepared invisible zipper for hidden pocket scrunchie

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).

Fabric prepared for stash scrunchie with zipper

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. 

Inserting the invisible zipper to the first side of the hidden pocket scrunchie

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.

Sewing the invisible zipper on a sewing machine

Next, open the zip again and place the unattached half of the zipper face down to the opposite long edge of the scrunchie fabric.

Attaching the other side of the invisible zip

Again, sew this into place as closely as you can to the teeth.

The invisible zipper sewn into place on the fabric of the stash scrunchie

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.

Sewing up the rest of the tube

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’.

Hidden pocket scrunchie fabric tube

Turn the whole tube right way out.

Take your flappy ends and place these ends together with right sides facing each other. Pin.

Sewing the free flappy ends together

Sew a scant seam allowance to join them. When you pull them you are left with a small opening. 

Opening created by sewing the ends together

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.

Using a safety pin to thread elastic into a DIY scrunchie

Then sew the ends of the elastic together to secure.

Securing the elastic

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!

Closing the opening with a slip or ladder stitch

You Have Finished Your Zipper Scunchie!

How To Make A Stash Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket - This easy sewing tutorial shows you how to make a hidden pocket scrunchie. Perfect for concealing and hiding your valuables and small items, this scrunchie with a hidden pocket has a secret compartment, useful for storing useful objects. Great for travelling, festivals, nights out and more. Make a DIY zipper scrunchie by hand or using a sewing machine. A great scrap fabric project, and perfect item to sew and sell too!

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… 

How To Make A Stash Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket - This easy sewing tutorial shows you how to make a hidden pocket scrunchie. Perfect for concealing and hiding your valuables and small items, this scrunchie with a hidden pocket has a secret compartment, useful for storing useful objects. Great for travelling, festivals, nights out and more. Make a DIY zipper scrunchie by hand or using a sewing machine. A great scrap fabric project, and perfect item to sew and sell too!

I will leave that with your conscience…

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How To Make A Stash Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket - This easy sewing tutorial shows you how to make a hidden pocket scrunchie. Perfect for concealing and hiding your valuables and small items, this scrunchie with a hidden pocket has a secret compartment, useful for storing useful objects. Great for travelling, festivals, nights out and more. Make a DIY zipper scrunchie by hand or using a sewing machine. A great scrap fabric project, and perfect item to sew and sell too!

6 Replies to “Scrunchie With Zipper Pocket – How To Make A Stash Scrunchie”

  1. Carol says:

    The scrunchies are so cute in your selected fabric and the hidden pocket is fabulous! #MMBC

    Reply
  2. Ruth says:

    What a brilliant idea!! I have never seen anything like this before. Perfect for storing things like emergency money.

    Reply

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