Although it may seem as if our varied electronic devices operate by magic, we know sooner or later they require a cord to sync, transfer or re-charge. All those little cords can become a tangled mess, making it hard to find what you need when you need it. Keep your cords tidy with these quick and easy wraps. We offer two sizes: one small version for things like tiny ear buds, another for larger items, like power cords. They take just teensy scraps of fabric. We worked with pre-cuts, using a charm square for the small size and a layer cake square for the large size.
A small rectangle of Velcro® allows either size quite of bit of flexibility. Cinch just a single item tightly or loosen to bundle several within one wrap.
How wonderful would this project be as a gift idea? You could even offer to organize someone’s cord drawer with labeled wraps.
We recommend using the same fabric for both sides of the wrap for the most efficient cutting and a seamless finish. That said, it could also be cute to use coordinating prints on the front and back or one print with a matching solid.
Find the pattern link below in the Getting Started section. Then set up your assembly line to whip out your wraps.
This project is a great way to use up a few of your special scraps or the leftover pieces from a pre-cut bundle.
Our small wrap finishes at approximately 4½” x 1½” when open and flat. The large wrap is approximately 6” x 2½” when open and flat. Each wrap is adjustable with the Velcro®.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Sewing Machine and standard presser foot
- Quarter Inch Seam foot; optional but helpful as the seam is ¼”
Fabric and Other Supplies
- Pattern; download below from the the link in the Getting Started section
- Scrap of quilting weight weight cotton for the exterior; you need an approximate 5” x 5” square for the small wrap and an approximate 10” x 10” square for the larger wrap; we used a charm square and a layer cake square
- Scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing - same approximate sizes as above; we used Pellon Shape Flex which adds body but is still very flexible
- Scrap of ¾” Velcro® for the small wrap, 1” for the large wrap - you only need about an inch (1” for small, 1½” for large)
- All-purpose thread to match fabric
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Straight pins
- Download and print out the Cord Wrap Patterns.
IMPORTANT: These patterns both fit on ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a guide rule on the sheets to insure your printout is to scale.
- Cut out the pattern pieces along the solid lines.
- From the appropriately sized width of Velcro®, cut ONE 1” length for the small wrap and ONE 1½” length for the large wrap.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Place the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric. You just need enough interfacing the cover the area from which the pattern will be cut.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse in place.
- We simply folded about fabric wrong sides together in order to cut both layers at once. Pin the pattern in place. If you have a strong horizontal motif, make sure your pattern piece is straight.
- For each wrap, using the pattern, CUT TWO from the fabric.
- Place the front and back pieces right sides together. The edges should be flush all around.
- Pin together the layers, leaving a small opening for turning along one straight edge.
- Shorten your seam allowance slightly. This will allow you to keep a smooth line around the curve.
- Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter. Remember to lock your seam at either side of the small opening.
- Clip the corners and the curve and press open the seam allowance.
- Turn the wrap right side out through the opening. Use a long blunt tool to gently push out the corners so they are nice and sharp and to smooth the curve. A chopstick or knitting needle works well for this.
- Press flat, making sure the seam allowance at the opening is flush with the sewn seam.
- The machine should be threaded with thread to best match your fabric in the top and bobbin.
- Re-set the stitch length to normal or even for a slightly lengthened stitch.
- Edgestitch around the entire perimeter. This keeps the seam from rolling and closes the opening used for turning.
- Find the Velcro®. Pull it apart into two pieces. The hook end (the rough end) should be centered along the straight end of the wrap. Pin or clip in place.
- Flip over the wrap. The loop end (the soft end) of the Velcro® should be centered on curved end of the panel. Pin in place.
- You can use the Velcro® drawing on the original paper pattern as a placement guide.
- Be sure you have placed the two halves on opposite sides of the wrap: one of the front and one on the back.
- Edgestitch the Velcro® in place along all four sides. Go slowly and carefully when stitching these two boxes, the stitching will be visible.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild