Things You'll Need
- Wire bag twist ties
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scrap
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Hand-sewing needle and thread
Bare and often tangled lamp and appliance cords can make a beautifully decorated room seem unfinished. Make cord covers using scrap fabric that matches your decor to camouflage unattractive electrical cords. The cord cover size can be adjusted to fit the length of cord you want to display, while hiding the excess cord inside the fabric cover. This is a simple and inexpensive home improvement project that can be completed in less than an hour.
Plug your lamp or appliance cord into the wall outlet. Fold the excess cord in the middle of the length onto itself, allowing it to drape naturally between the appliance and the wall. Secure the folded cord with wire bag twist ties.
Measure the new length of the cord and multiply by three. Cut a strip of fabric 5 inches wide by the multiplied cord length.
Fold the short ends of the strip to the wrong side of the fabric a 1/2 inch and iron. Sew along each folded end 1/4 inch from the edge to hem.
Fold the strip in half with the right sides together and the long edges matching. Pin the long edges together. Sew the pinned long edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You now have a tube with hemmed ends.
Turn the tube right side out and press.
Place the plug end of the cord into one end of the tube. Feed the cord through the tube until the plug comes out the other end.
Sew a running stitch around the hem on the plug end of the tube. Pull the thread to gather the tube and close it around the cord. Knot and cut the thread.
Sew a running stitch around the hem on the other end of the tube. Slide the cord cover up to the lamp or appliance. Pull the thread to gather the tube and close it around the cord. Knot and cut the thread. Slide and adjust the excess length of the covered cord tube to fold and gather around the bulk of the wire-tied cord.
A dot of craft glue can be placed under the gathered hems on each end of the cord, but it is not necessary, and changing the fabric to match your decor will be a lot easier without it.
Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.