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Zakka inspired cord wraps keep your tech stuff tidy

 

Cord wraps for charging cords put some of your most treasured fabric scraps to good use in these zakka inspired cord wrappers.
Cord wraps for charging cords put some of your most treasured fabric scraps to good use in these zakka inspired cord wrappers.

 

 

Zakka inspired cord wraps keep your tech stuff tidy

The final day of our zakka quilting/sewing tour wraps up — literally — with some zakka inspired cord wraps to keep your tech stuff tidy. All those charging cords for essential electronic devices, like cell phones, e-readers and tablets, can be tidy, organized and tangle-free.

These cord wraps, like all zakka, fulfill an essential need in a pretty and practical way that uses up scraps and helps get your cords untangled, easily identified, and, hopefully, unforgettable.

They also make great gifts for “techie” guys and gals with that added bonus of being quick to finish.

You will need

Download and trace the template onto template plastic.
Download and trace the template onto template plastic.

 

 

For this project, I discovered I had been hoarding some precious Japanese cotton-linen scraps, which were printed on both sides of the fabric.
This made the selection for the outside of the wrap quite easy, since I only had to select a couple of scraps and flip them.

  • Download the template below for the cord wrap.
  • Trace it onto template plastic.

 

Audition the fabric scraps beneath the plastic template.
Audition the fabric scraps beneath the plastic template.

 

 

Audition your fabric scraps for the pieced outside of the cord wrapper. This is easy to do because you can see the fabric through the plastic.

  • Once you’re pleased with the fabric arrangement, stitch them together with a 1/4″ seam.
  • Press the seams open.
  • Make a quilt sandwich: Main fabric and lining right sides together and then batting.
  • Spray baste the batting to the wrong side of the lining.
Trace the template onto the wrong side of the pieced fabric, using a chalk marker.
Trace the template onto the wrong side of the pieced fabric, using a chalk marker.

 

 

Spray baste the batting to the lining in this quilt sandwich.
Spray baste the batting to the lining in this quilt sandwich.

 

 

  • Sew the layers together with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the center of the short end.
  • Clip the curves and turn right side out through the opening.
Sew the layers of the quilt sandwich together along the traced line. Cut out with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Clip curves before turning right side out through the opening.
Sew the layers of the quilt sandwich together along the traced line. Cut out with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Clip curves before turning right side out through the opening.

 

 

Slip stitch the turning opening closed. Sew Smooth will condition the thread for easier hand sewing.
Slip stitch the turning opening closed. Sew Smooth will condition the thread for easier hand sewing.

 

 

Tidy the seams and press. Top stitch close to the edge.
Tidy the seams and press. Top stitch close to the edge.

 

 

Mark the position of the hook and loop tape on the zakka-inspired cord wrap, front and back, using a chalk pencil.
Mark the position of the hook and loop tape on the zakka-inspired cord wrap, front and back, using a chalk pencil.

 

 

  • Press the cord wrap.
  • If desired, create a label for the cord wrap. Using a scrap of linen and some plain twill tape, write the label with a Fabric Fun marker or use miniature stamps and permanent ink.
  • Stitch the label to the center back of the cord wrap.
Create a label to identify the cord within the wrapper. It makes it unforgettable!
Create a label to identify the cord within the wrapper. It makes it unforgettable!

 

 

The zakka-inspired cord wrap is all sewn up, as is my time on QUILTsocial.
The zakka-inspired cord wrap is all sewn up, as is my time on QUILTsocial.

 

 

My time on QUILTsocial wraps up today — in more ways than one. I hope you have enjoyed learning about zakka inspired projects, the pretty practical way to get organized.

Keep coming back to QUILTsocial for more quilty fun.

In the meantime, make a mess and have some handmade fun! Using your Zakka-inspired cord wraps keeps your tech stuff tidy, while you’re making that mess.

 

Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess.

7 Comments

  1. Where can I get “Sew Smooth?” It would come in handy for bead embroidery!

    • Hi! Sew Smooth is ideal for bead embroidery, embroidery of many varieties! You can find them at your local quilt shop or at Fabricland.

  2. Hi everyone!
    It looks as though the template for the post is fixed and you should be able to download and print it.
    Hope everyone is having a great day!
    Nancy

  3. Toni

    I really like this idea..thank you

  4. JackieP

    Neat idea! So many cords to wrap, I’ll have to make a few, I think!

  5. Linda Schmidt

    I can’t find a file to download for the template size . Love the idea and would like to make some. Another great post.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Linda! I will look into what’s up and hopefully, it will be fixed shortly.
      Cheers!
      Nancy D.

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