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Crafts, Projects, Sewing

DIY Cord Keeper

Do tangled cords drive you crazy? They drive me crazy and my vacuum is the ringleader.  Every time I use the vacuum, I take it out of the cupboard and the cord is a tangled, knotted mess regardless of how neatly or messily I put it away.

This tangled and knotted mess is what needs to be dealt with before I can vacuum.

I tired of dealing with this and I’m going to keep this cord contained.

Here's the supplies you'll need to create a cord keeper.

Here’s what I used for this project:

  • Scrap fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Fabric scissors & pinking shears
  • Velcro
  • Tape Measure

First thing I did was to lay the velcro on top of the fabric, I left a little room on either side and added a 1/4″ inch seam allowance on each side and marked that measurement. For the length just estimate how much you think you’ll need based on the length and thickness of the cord and then double that. It’s better to have too much instead of not enough.

I used the velcro to gauge how wide to make the fabric strip.

I used a tape measure to mark the length from the fabric edge to where I needed to cut and I moved it up as I cut to make sure that the line was straight and even all the way up. I then un-knoted and wound up the cord and after folding the piece of fabric in half, wrapped one end around one piece of cord and the remaining fabric around the remaining cord to make sure the length of fabric would contain the cord.

 

With the right sides of the fabric together I stitched up the sides.

After making sure to fold the fabric with the right sides together, I moved to the sewing machine and sewed up both sides leaving the top open.

I'm using a popsicle stick to push the fabric right side out.

Next, turn the fabric right side out. Since this is such a thin pouch it was hard to do without something to help, I used a popsicle stick to maneuver the fabric through.

At this point I want to wrap the fabric around the cord to see where the velcro needs to be placed.

Then it was back to the vacuum cord to wrap the fabric around again to mark where the velcro should go. I marked the spot with a pin and then cut the pieces of velcro.

Once the strip has been wrapped around the cord, mark the spot the velcro should start with a pin.

The velcro I used had an adhesive backing, which has it’s pros and cons. Keep in mind something like that will gum up the needle of your machine. I attached the soft (or loop) side to what will be the outside bottom of the fabric strip and the rough (or hook) side to the inside top of the fabric.

Once those have been sewn on you could just close up the open end and wrap the keeper around the cord. I want this to be attached to the vacuum cord so I don’t have to worry about losing it or keeping track of it.

Up near where the cord attaches to the vacuum is where I’m going to place the cord keeper. I folded in the unfinished edge and then placed a pin to keep both side and the folded edge in place. This way while I was hand sewing I didn’t have to worry about holding everything while sewing and making sure not to puncture the cord with the needle.

With the velcro sewn on and the strip attached, it's ready to do it's job.

Once the fabric was in place I removed the pin and place a couple of tack stitches to keep that bit of extra fabric in place.

The cord keeper has been attached and is working perfectly.

Now to wrap the cord keeper around the cord and store the vacuum away for next time.

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