A Little “Necessity” Sewing

With all of the electronic devices and associated cords we have been accumulating, things were getting out of control around here.    It was time for a little “necessity sewing” this weekend.

I have made these cord ties many times before but never posted them.  I use them for everything.  I have one on my iron, sewing machines, stick blender,  computers (of course) and just about anywhere I have a cord.  Today I made a few more and they turned out pretty cute, so I thought I might put them out there.

This is such a simple and quick sewing project.  If you can sew a straight line, you can do this.  It’s a great way to showcase cute fabrics, use up scraps and they don’t have to be perfect because nobody looks that closely at cord ties.  They also make great gifts.  It took me all of 2 hours, including clean-up, to make all of these plus a few more.  (I made 6 small and 6 large).

Cord Ties

Cut the pieces

For the bigger ties (for larger cords)

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric (matching or contrasting) about 5″ x 7″.
    • The 7″ length is essential, but the 5″ width is your choice.  4″ or 6″ would work just as well.
  • Cut 1 piece of batting or sturdy interfacing. (same size as the fabric you cut above)
  • Cut one 3″ piece of velcro (the hook and the loop sides).  You want the velcro to be about 1/2″ smaller in width than the fabric (minus the seam allowance)

For the smaller ties (for skinny cords or short ones)

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric (matching or contrasting)  about 3.5″ x 5″.
    • The 5″ length is essential but you can go wider or skinnier on the width if you like
  • Cut 1 piece of batting or sturdy interfacing. (same size as the fabric you cut above)
  • Cut one 2″ piece of velcro (the hook and the loop sides).  You want the velcro to be about 1/2″ smaller in width than the fabric (minus the seam allowance)

Assembly: 

  • Place the outer fabric pieces right sides together.
  • Layer the batting on top of the 2 pieces of fabric.  You will have no batting sandwich, but will have “fabric / fabric / batting”
  • Sew 1/4″ seam all the way around with a straight stitch, but leave about 1″ opening for turning.
  • Clip corners and turn right side out.  Poke out the corners so they are square.
  • Iron flat, folding in the turning hole seam allowance while you iron.
  • Now sew all the way around the permitter very close to the edge so you can close the turning hole opening as you sew over it.

Attach the Velcro

For the large ties

  • Center and sew (zig zag) around the velcro about 1/4″ from the edge of the “front” side.
  • On the opposite end, and on the back side, center and sew the other velcro piece about 1/4″ from the edge.
  • You will have one piece of velcro on the front and one on the back on opposite ends of the band.  You will wrap this around your large cords and the front will seal to the back (hope that makes sense).  (if this is confusing, look at the pictures above)

For the small ties

  • Do the same as above, but instead of sewing velcro on front & back, only sew on the back (inside).   So when you fold it in 1/2, the velcro aligns and closes.
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