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Make a DIY Cord Organizer the Cheapest Way Possible

You can make a DIY cord organizer for cheap using this tutorial! This cable organizer can be made in minutes – we even provide a template.

Skills Required: None. You don’t need any prior crafting knowledge to make a cable tidy using this method. You’ll simply be hot gluing felt and attaching Velcro. Even a child can do it (supervised, of course!).

DIY Cord Organizers

I got my first cell phone when I was 25 years old. Of course it had a charging cord, and along with the phone quickly became something to manage. Now I had a phone AND a charger to keep track of – and did I mention, if I lost one, the other became worthless?

You should never put small phones and cords in the hands of disorganized people such as myself.

Fast forward several years (okay, almost 17), and here I am with more devices and more cords than I know what to do with! Do you know how many cords I’ve purchased over the course of time that I thought I lost, only to find them again?

It’s a lot.

So consequently, I’ve had to make a DIY cord organizer more than once. More than ten times, really. And now I’m going to show you how to make a cable organizer on the cheap!

The secret is that my DIY cord organizer is extremely easy and extremely inexpensive to make.

DIY Cord Wrap

One of the complaints I had about other cord organizers is that they still didn’t keep the cable tidy – I could stuff them in a pouch, but then they’d be twisted when they came out.

With this cable organizer, you have to tidy the cord first before wrapping it around. It works really well, actually.

Plus they still keep the cords together even when you throw them in a bag. Trust me – I’ve done it, many times!

What else excites me about this DIY cord organizer project? The price. Felt is less than $1 per piece at the craft store, and if you enjoy creating you probably have the other supplies on hand. Well, you’ll probably have to buy Velcro.

Velcro to Use

The only question you might have about this cable tidy project is what kind of Velcro to use. If you’ve never bought Velcro before, there are a few things to know:

  • You can get it in any color you like to coordinate with your felt (we used white)
  • I prefer the 3/4″ width but you can also use either 7/8″ or 1″
  • It can be purchased in a long strip or in squares – don’t get the round pieces
  • You can get either self-adhesive or no adhesive – you’re going to use hot glue to attach it

Keep in mind that there are two parts to Velcro, the male and the female. The male side has the hooks, the female side has the loops. That’s important as you follow the tutorial below, so that when you wrap the cable tidy, it’s secure.

DIY cable organizer

DIY Cable Organizer

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DIY Cord Organizers Step 1

Using the template provided, cut out the large piece from one color of felt, and the smaller piece from a contrasting color.

Cut out your felt

You’ll have two pieces of felt that you’ll layer on top of each other.

Hot glue the felt pieces together

Add hot glue to the top piece of felt, all the way around the perimeter.

Hot glued felt cable tidy

Smooth down the top piece of felt onto the larger bottom piece.

Glue down the Velcro

Hot glue Velcro on the back of the larger felt piece as follows:

  • One ¾” male piece with the center at ¾” from the small end
  • One 1 ½” female piece with the center at 3 ½” from the large end
  • One 1” male piece with the center at 1” from the large end
Cord Organizers Step 6

Hot glue Velcro on the back of the smaller felt piece as follows:

  • One 1” female piece with the center at 3 ½” from the small end

Your cord wrap is done! Did you time yourself? Even if you didn’t, I’m sure you notice that it didn’t take that long to make.

DIY Cord Organizer

Wrap the cord in your DIY cord organizer as shown in the image above:

  1. Wrap your cord and place it down
  2. Fold the short end down and attach the Velcro
  3. Roll the cord over once
  4. Pull the tab up and attach the Velcro again

Your cord is very secure and the organizer won’t slip off, even in your bag! I had so much I made three of these DIY cord organizers in just a matter of minutes. See a quick video of how to make one in the card below:

Yield: 1 wrap

DIY Cord Organizer

DIY Cord Organizers

Learn how to make a cable wrap using felt and Velcro! This is an easy, no sew project.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $.25

Materials

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Using the template, cut out the large piece from one color of felt, and the smaller piece from a contrasting color.
  2. Add hot glue to the bottom of the smaller piece of felt, all the way around the perimeter.
  3. Smooth down the top piece of felt onto the larger bottom piece.
  4. Hot glue Velcro on the back of the larger felt piece as follows: one ¾” male piece with the center at ¾” from the small end, one 1 ½” female piece with the center at 3 ½” from the large end, and one 1” male piece with the center at 1” from the large end.
  5. Hot glue Velcro on the back of the smaller felt piece as follows: one 1” female piece with the center at 3 ½” from the small end.
  6. Let cool and then wrap your cord as described in the Notes.

Notes

How to wrap your cord:

  1. Wrap your cord and place it down on the felt
  2. Fold the short end down and attach the Velcro
  3. Roll the cord over once
  4. Pull the tab up and attach the Velcro again

Did you make this project?

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After I finished the project, I realized that I could’ve added some sort of embellishment to the large tab. Something like embroidery, a button, etc. I kind of like them plain, but I just wanted to bring that up in case you want to give it a go.

What do you think of this cable organizer project? Would you try it?


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