How to Make a Secret Pocket in Your Backpack

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Whether you need one for school, college, or your hiking trips, a proper backpack can go a long way towards securing your valuables and allowing you to pack in all your daily essentials. 

There are a number of things that you should consider when buying a backpack, such as the material that it is made out of, whether it is waterproof, if the straps are ergonomic, if the backpack’s back made out of breathable mesh and, of course, how many featured compartments there are. 

While you don’t want to carry anything bulky, a backpack with multiple front and side pockets will be great for your everyday use. Now, a potential deal-breaker is whether it includes a secret compartment for your valuables. The anti-theft pocket is featured in most of the high-end backpacks, but if you are on a modest budget, you might be better off making one for yourself. 

The benefits of having a secret pocket are many, which is why we recommend doing everything in your power to have one. Bearing this in mind, the obvious question is “how to make a secret pocket in your backpack?” Well, we have prepared a few tips and tricks on how to successfully do it. Let’s take a look.

The Benefits of Anti-Theft Pockets

Most of the benefits of a secret pocket are quite obvious. Firstly, having one featured in your backpack will contribute to your overall safety. Whether you enjoy visiting festivals, hiking, or simply going for a light afternoon stroll, your valuables may be at stake. Apart from the fact that regular front pockets with zipper closures are an easy target for thieves, there is a good chance that you might actually drop your wallet, keys, or phone while walking, dancing, and jumping around. This will certainly not happen if your valuables are adequately stored in an anti-theft secret compartment.

Another clear benefit is that you are getting additional storage space. So not only will you have a compartment that will ensure your valuables stay safe and sound, but as long as it is not a tiny compartment, the secret pocket will be great for fitting a few more essentials into the backpack that didn’t find their place in the front or side compartments. 

Also, whether your backpack features a secret pocket in its original design or you have custom-made your own, it will be accessible and easy to organize, saving both your time and frustration in the process. At the end of the day, for the most part, these are quite popular pouches and will contribute to your overall usability of the backpack. 

Making a Secret Pocket from Scratch

Now that we have reviewed the potential benefits of anti-theft pockets we will present you with two different methods to answer the question of “how to make a secret pocket in your backpack.”

For the first one, will be by using basic supplies and making a customized anti-theft secret compartment, while the second method includes making adjustments to an already existing front pocket. 

No matter how hard the idea of designing a pocket from scratch may seem, we assure you that it is not. With some patience and basic sewing skills, you will be able to customize your backpack into becoming the optimal place for storing your valuables.

  • Measuring your other front pockets, cut two uniform pieces of cloth that are the same size as the pockets and the same color as the inside of your backpack.
  • Next, add a piece of velcro on the top of both cloths. 
  • Put one cloth on top of another and place it inside the front of your backpack.
  • Stick pins in order to ensure that these stay in place while you sew the two pieces of cloth into the backpack.
  • Find thread that is the same color as your backpack inside and use it to sew the bottom, left, and right sides of the cloth pieces together.
  • The velcro at the top ensures proper closure by sticking together.

Easy and time-efficient, this method is perfect for people that are on a modest budget and don’t have money to invest in backpacks with a lot of compartments. Plus, you will be getting a unique, customized item that you can wear with utmost confidence. 

Customizing The CD Pocket

The few supplies that you will need are safety pins, thread, and a piece of cloth all the same color as your backpack. Additionally, you will need a pair of scissors, some velcro strips, and a backpack that features a medium or large-sized CD pocket.

You don’t have to be a sewing expert in order to do this. Yes, it might take a stab or two but at the end of the day, you will love the design that you did with your bare hands. 

  • First off, cut the cloth to fit the CD player pocket, leaving an inch on each side just in case.
  • Once you have done that, use the safety pins and put them in the corners to hold the piece of cloth while you are doing the sewing.
  • Tread carefully and be sure to say in the line as you sew around the left, right, and bottom.
  • Stitch the velcro to the top edge of the CD pocket and to the side of the backpack.

And voila! In just a few steps you will have turned something that once was a regular CD pocket into an anti-theft compartment for storing keys, money, electronic devices, and other valuables. 


A high-quality backpack is an item that we all need. Luckily, there are hundreds of options on the market, so you will be able to find the best one, whether you are on a modest or more flexible budget. Among all the features that a proper backpack should include, a secret anti-theft pocket certainly is one of the most important ones. We have done our best to present you with a few methods to customize your backpack and make it ideal for wearing on festivals, travel, and hiking trips!

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