Crafty Girls ~ Cord Covers 1

by Shelley

Our project today is making cord covers for electrical cords. By making the cord covers in coordinating material to match your wall color you can make those unsightly electric cords invisible! This is the first of three beginners sewing classes by Miss Melinda that will teach your daughter, and maybe even some of you, beginning sewing skills.

Our Crafty Girl Melinda Martin has lived a life full of mistakes and has only survived by God’s amazing grace. She “retired” from the corporate world three years ago and has since been making more mistakes in the avenues of homeschooling and running an online business. God has recently blessed her and set her peace-shod feet on a journey to becoming a minister’s wife. Follow along with her as she blogs about this experience over at www.MusingsOfAMinistersWife.wordpress.com. To offset her serious posts, she supplements with fun things like recipes and how to siphon gas from your lawnmower. Her business is found at CordCoversAndMore.com and you can see what she other things she is doing here InsideEtsy.blogspot.com

 

Miss Melinda has been busy. There are three ways you can enjoy this Tutorial on Cord Covers.

First, downloadable instructions for the cord covers.

Secondly, Miss Melinda has a created a three part tutorial on how to create the cord covers on YouTube. This is ideal for visual learners! It runs about 30 minutes and is divided into three parts. Make sure you leave a comment for her…this was hard work 🙂

Part 1 Cord Cover Tutorial

Part 2 Cord Cover Tutorial

Finally, below you can see what this project looks like and the end result.

 

One last thing, when you complete your cord cover please post pictures of your project on Facebook. Or, just send me the pictures if your not sure how to do it shelleynoonan (at) hotmail (dot) com

Enjoy!

Shelley

 

Cord Cover Tutorial

by Melinda Martin

musingsofaministerswife.wordpress.com

 

 

 

This tutorial will show you how to make a finished chandelier cord cover that, when completed, is 2 ½” in diameter, 5” in circumference, with sewn seams and open end closures.

Supplies

 

  • You will need your choice of material, scissors, straight pins, elastic or ribbon, very large safety pin, yardstick or measuring board, fabric pencil, and an iron.


Determining the Length

 

  • In order to get good scrunchability, you will need to double the length of the cord you want to cover. You can always triple or quadruple this measurement, depending on the look you want. After you have the desired completed length figured, add 6” to that for hemming.

 

  • So if you need a 12’ cord cover, then you will need a 12’ and 6” length of fabric.

 

  • The cord cover at right is a 2:1 ration (photo provided by customer).


 

Cutting the Material

 

  • Once you have your cord cover material selected, you will need to cut it as straight as possible to minimize the effort required during pinning and overlocking and to ensure a straight seam.

 

  • Unfold the material when you get it home. The way that it will be folded from the store is not how you need it to be. The sides of the material are called the selvedges. If you look closely, you will see they are pressed/matted to prevent fraying.

 

  • Fold your material one time like you would fold a sheet, top to bottom, not side to side. Straighten the material out, line the selvedges up, and fold again. The more times you fold, the more chance you have at coming out with uneven sides, depending on the sharpness of your scissors and your cutting prowess. I would just keep it to two folds.

 

 

  • Get out your yardstick and measure over 6 inches at the top and 6 inches at the bottom. Draw a line between the two points. Cut down the line, being careful to not skew the material. (Or use your measuring board.)

 

On to the Sewing

 

  • Make sure your bobbin is loaded, and you have a good bit of thread left on your spool. Straight pins should be at the ready. Turn your stitch to overlock.

 

 

  • Overlock stitch across the top of your material and 3” down both sides. Do this at both ends.

 

 

 

  • Choose which side is going to be your inside. Fold your ends over 1” two times. Turn your stitch to your triple stitch.

 

  • Triple-straight stitch across from left to right to complete the casing. Make sure you fold over the same side at each end.

  • Lay your material out, with the facedown. Now fold one side over to meet the other side. You may be surprised at how bad of a cutter you are at this point. Pin the cord cover together at roughly one-foot intervals. You may need to do 6” intervals, depending on your material.

 

 

  • Set your stitch back to overlock. Run an overlock stitch down the length of the cord cover. Reinforce at each end by holding the fabric in place while it stitches. Do not run the stitch over the open-ended hems or you won’t be able to get your elastic/ribbon threaded through.

 

 

  • Set your stitch to triple-stitch. Run triple-stitch down entire length of cord cover. Do not run the stitch over the open-ended hems or you won’t be able to get your elastic/ribbon threaded through.

 

 

Completing the Cord Cover

 

  • Get a big safety pin. They sell a really huge one, about 3” long, in a package by itself. Attach it to one end of the cord cover. I use the lip of the hem so that there is no visible hole. Be careful not to tear the material. Fish the safety pin down inside of the cord cover until it comes out the other end. Remove the safety pin.

 

 

 

  • Iron the cord cover, press the seams. Watch your heat setting.

 

  • If you want elastic ends, then cut the elastic to be the same circumference as the cord cover. If you want ribbon, then make sure to cut a long length. Attach the elastic or ribbon to a small safety pin and fish through each end closure. Tie it off.

 

 

  • Go find your nearest lamp cord, and add some simple beauty to your home.

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Martin has lived a life full of mistakes and has only survived by God’s amazing grace. She “retired” from the corporate world three years ago and has since been making more mistakes in the avenues of homeschooling and running an online business. God has recently blessed her and set her peace-shod feet on a journey to becoming a minister’s wife. Follow along with her as she blogs about this experience over at www.MusingsOfAMinistersWife.wordpress.com. To offset her serious posts, she supplements with fun things like recipes and how to siphon gas from your lawnmower.

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miss kitty March 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I love this because there is a computer in my room so that amounts to a lot of cords to cover up:)

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Shelley January 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

Mine too Miss Kitty!

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