These scrunchies have a zipper sewn into the seam, which allows you to use the inside of the scrunchie for storage. Tuck some money, lip balm and your keys inside, and you can leave your purse at home.
It only takes a small amount of fabric to make one of these pocket scrunchies, so this is a great way to use up all your narrow fabric scraps. Sew up a bunch, and use them as stocking stuffers or party favors.
How to Sew a Hidden Pocket Zipper Scrunchie
What You’ll Need:
- Fabric (cotton, velvet, knit, fleece, etc.)
- 1/4″ elastic
- A zipper
- A ruler
- A rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- (2) Safety pins
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
What You Do:
Cut a 4-1/2″ x 26″ piece of fabric for your scrunchie.
Lay the fabric on your work surface, right-side facing down. Fold one of the short ends over 1/2″, and hem.
Decide how long you want your zipper to be. I used a 6″ long zipper for my scrunchie. If your zipper is longer than your chosen length (like mine was), it’ll need to be shortened. It’s easy to do.
Just make a mark on the zipper where you plan to cut it. Then, sew a new zipper stop right before your mark. If you’re using a zipper with nylon teeth, you can use your sewing machine to sew a new stop. Simply sew back and forth over your zipper 10-12 times. The thick bundle of stitches will keep the zipper from going off track, when you unzip it.
If you’re using a zipper with metal teeth, the process is the same, but you’ll have to hand-stitch your stop.
When you’re done, simply cut off the extra zipper length, and you now have a zipper that’s the perfect length for your project.
Flip the zipper right-side down, and pin the edge of the zipper to the center of the top edge of the scrunchie.
Sew the zipper to the scrunchie. When you get to the zipper pull, plunge the needle into the zipper; then, lift the foot, and slide the pull under the foot and out of the way.
Tip:Use a zipper foot, if you have one. It only has one toe, so it’ll allow you to stitch a lot closer to the zipper.
Now pin the other edge of the zipper to the other edge of the scrunchie.
Sew another seam to join them.
Now that the zipper is installed, it’s time to finish up your scrunchie!
Match up the scrunchie edges on either side of the zipper, and pin them together.
Join the edges with a 1/4″ seam.
Then, turn your scrunchie right-side out.
Cut a 7″ piece of elastic for your scrunchie, and affix a safety pin to one of the ends. Insert the end with the pin in one end of the scrunchie; pin the other end to the top of the tube.
Use the pin that’s inside the scrunchie to work the elastic through, until it comes out the other side. Overlap the two ends of the elastic.
Then, zig-zag stitch back and forth over the elastic several times to join the two ends.
To finish your scrunchie, line up the seam, so that it’s on the outside of the scrunchie. Then, tuck the unfinished end of the scrunchie inside the finished end, and sew back over the existing seam to join the two ends.