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ScrapBusters: Cord Wraps in Two Sizes

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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

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

Getting Started

  1. 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.
  2. Cut out the pattern pieces along the solid lines.
  3. 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

  1. 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. 
  2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse in place.
  3. 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. 
  4. For each wrap, using the pattern, CUT TWO from the fabric.
  5. Place the front and back pieces right sides together. The edges should be flush all around. 
  6. Pin together the layers, leaving a small opening for turning along one straight edge.
  7. Shorten your seam allowance slightly. This will allow you to keep a smooth line around the curve.
  8. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter. Remember to lock your seam at either side of the small opening. 
  9. Clip the corners and the curve and press open the seam allowance.
  10. 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.
  11. Press flat, making sure the seam allowance at the opening is flush with the sewn seam.
  12. The machine should be threaded with thread to best match your fabric in the top and bobbin.
  13. Re-set the stitch length to normal or even for a slightly lengthened stitch. 
  14. Edgestitch around the entire perimeter. This keeps the seam from rolling and closes the opening used for turning. 
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. You can use the Velcro® drawing on the original paper pattern as a placement guide. 
  18. Be sure you have placed the two halves on opposite sides of the wrap: one of the front and one on the back.
  19. Edgestitch the Velcro® in place along all four sides. Go slowly and carefully when stitching these two boxes, the stitching will be visible.

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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Comments (10)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:

@Lissa, Yes it is - the link to the pattern download is right at the top of the Getting Started section.

Caroline from France said:
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This is a great idea - I'm about to make a handful of these!

Slightly off topic: how do you keep Velcro good? I have a number of items with Velcro closures and I find that after a while the Velcro simply doesn't grip anymore - bits of fluff and dust end up being caught in both the hook and the loop ends and whatever I try to do (which includes painstakingly flipping the fluff out of the Velcro with a needle) never seems to make any difference! Does anybody else have this problem?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:

@ caroline - so glad you like these! Regarding the Velcro cleaning - the first step is to keep the Velcro closed as much as possible - especially if running through the laundry. The most common technique for cleaning seems to be a fine tooth comb to rake through the stiff hook side of the Velcro. People have used everything from a flea comb to the little teeth on a tape dispenser. Just rake in one direction and then the other. This will make an awful sound, as if you are tearing up the Velcro ... don't worry, it's fine. Then rake the soft loop side (not much sticks in there). 

Sjha said:
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Some people sew small ponytail wraps in the seam so the part left out wraps around the button. 

Nancyjc said:
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These are great - I've been using toilet paper rolls which are fine but they don't work for smaller cords and besides these are much prettier and will use up my huge and ever growing fabric scraps!  Strangely enough I've been after my son to corral his thousands of cords for his various gaming devices - I'm going to make him a bunch of these and then there will be no excuses!  Thanks ever so much for this!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:

@Nancy - This sounds like the perfect project for you!! Have fun.

dagmar.eu said:
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Thank you very much for this. Yesterday I decided the time had come to do something about all the cords I have that I have used pony tail elastics to keep tidy. The elastics go limp rather quick these days and I can no longer find the sturdier ones so have for a little while been replacing them with the small scraps of ordinary elastic left over from my dressmaking just knotted to create a loop but the knot makes it more difficult to get them on and off so this idea/tutorial is just perfect! I think I will use pretty buttons and buttonholes instead of Velcro which is difficult to come by where I live.. Thank You again for all the brilliant tutorials and patterns you provide

Karen W said:
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You can substitute cording elastic or even button-hole elastic (with slits already woven in) for the velcro ends, as well.  Just stitch into one end & determine length needed.  If velcro is an issue, try stitching some pretty ribbons or braided cord,  folded in half & stitched into the ends.  That's what I used for a jewelry rolls & a color pencil rollup caddy. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:

@danmar - Excellent! Let's get organized  thanks for being a loyal S4H follower. 

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