How to sew cord keepers for chargers and other items. Easy to follow video and free pattern to make fabric cord wraps.
Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to sew a cord keeper. This is another free pattern that makes great stocking stuffers. And like the fabric headbands and dog bow tie I shared earlier this month, these can be made from fabric scraps and little bit of velcro and they sew up fast! Give them as a gift with extra charger cords, or stitch some to sell at a craft fair.
If you’ve watched the tour of my sewing studio or taken a look around my Instagram, you know I love organization. I create best when I can easily find the tools and supplies I need. And even in general life, I prefer everything in its place and easily accessible. So cord wraps are right up my alley to keep charger cables, bricks, and even extension cords organized and keep my drawers free from tangled cords.
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Materials for Cord Wraps
Want to make your own cord keepers? Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- The pattern, see below for options to get it
- Scraps of fabric. You’ll need at least two pieces that are at least 3 inches wide by 8 inches long.
- Small sew on velcro pieces, 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide and long
- Optional: pieces of fusible interfacing. You can fuse these to one or both pieces of fabric to make firmer cord keepers.
- Optional: turning tool, chopstick or point turner to help turn these right sides out. I used this Flamingo Stiletto one (affiliate link).
For the cord keepers I sewed in the image below, I used a few Riley Blake Basics fabrics. The yellow is Texture Canary, the pink is Shades Hot Pink, and the blue is Kisses Peacock. If you want to find any of the exact fabrics I used, the best way is to google “Riley Blake ________” and fill in the blank with the fabric name I listed.
While I will be showing you how to sew these on a sewing machine, these are also small enough the hand sew if you prefer.
How to Get the Pattern
To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.
How to Make a Cord Keeper
To sew a cord keeper, watch the video below or on YouTube here if the video won’t load for some reason. Written instructions appear under the video.
Time needed: 10 minutes
How to Make a Cord Keeper
- Print the cord keeper template
See directions above to get the free pdf sewing pattern
- Cut out your fabric
Cut 2 pieces of fabric using the cord wrapper template. You can use two of the same fabric or two different fabrics to make a reversible cord keeper. You can also add fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one or both pieces of fabric to make a firmer cord keeper.
- Place fabric right sides together and stitch
Use 1/4 inch seam allowances to stitch the pieces together, leaving a gap on one long side for turning
- Clip corners
Cut close to the stitching at the corners to reduce bulk.
- Turn cord keeper right sides out and press
You might want to use a chopstick or stiletto point presser to make sure you get the seams pushed all the way out. Press with an iron.
Topstitch around the edges to reinforce and keep cord wrapper flatter.
- Apply hook and loop tape (Velcro) pieces to the ends
Sew one square of velcro at one end, then flip the keeper over and sew the other square on the opposite end.
Cord Keeper Uses
You can use these DIY cord keepers in several ways. They’re great for wrapping charger cords and to keep a brick with a charger cord. They’re a tiny bit too long for wired earbuds, but if you make a shorter wrap they work well for that. This size is long enough for me to use on indoor extension cords. If you need a longer cord wrap to go around very long outdoor extension cords you can lengthen the pattern. They can be used with audio, laptop or TV cables. If you’re giving these as a gift, they also pair well with whatever you want them to help untangle. If your kids lose phone chargers like mine do, a cord wrap with an extra phone charger is a perfect stocking stuffer.