Every night I creep in and silently slide into bed, trying to make as little noise as possible. Our daughter’s crib is in our room because we are terrified of disrupting our son’s sleep (their rooms are next to each other), and inevitably a few nights a week I accidentally drop my charging cord or knock something over trying to find it. Even worse, when she wakes in the middle of the night and I want some entertainment while nursing, my charging cord snakes down and I’m too sleepy to sit up and find it so I end up with a dead phone in the morning. Last Fall, I saw this nifty charging cord advertised and started thinking about a DIY version; I am so thrilled with how it turned out!
This is a super easy sew, it’s just 2 squares and a rectangle. I’ve used this same basic construction with larger squares to make a door stop, pattern weights, and a pincushion – it is versatile! These are great scrapbusters and would be a great tech gift to sew, or use as a stocking stuffer.
I wish I could tell you the fabric – it’s a cheery print from a layer cake I won a long time ago; please let me know if you recognize it!
As you can see, the added velcro strap holds the charging end easily, and accommodates any type of charger.
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It’s easy to rest your phone at an angle if you’d like to see your clock, too; like a mini beanbag rest.
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Ready to make your own?
- (1) 10″ X 10″ square of quilting cotton
- Iron – this is the one I use
- 1/2″ wide Velcro
- Poly pellets for stuffing OR skip the plastic and get tiny glass beads instead
- Small funnel or piece of paper to roll up
- Coordinating thread, sewing machine
- Pinking shears (optional)
Cut (2) 4″ X 4″ squares & (1) 3″X4″ rectangle. Cut (1) 1.5″ long piece of Velcro
Fold the rectangle in half length-wise, wrong sides together (WST), press.
Open the rectangle back up, fold each long side to meet in the middle along the crease you just created, WST, press again.
Flip over, and sew each piece of Velcro on one long side, centered and almost touching in the middle.
Fold back in half, sew 1/8″ along each long side.
Put both squares right sides together (RST), sew along 3 sides with 3/8″ seam allowance, and trim with pinking shears.
Pop it open and fold back in half, matching the seams together, RST.
Sew the bottom edge, keeping the two seams matched up,with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a gap to fit your Velcro strip in and for turning. Make sure to stop and start a few times at the beginning and end of these lines especially.
Turn your squares right side out, pulling gently through the hole you left. Gently poke out the corners and press if desired. Using a funnel or rolled up piece of paper, fill to 3/4 full with poly-pellets. You may also use beans or gravel – but I prefer something easily washable!
Don’t forget to stuff in your pinking shear scraps & thread trims! Less trash, fewer pellets needed.
Insert the short, raw edges into the opening you left, and sew 1/8″ from the edge, securing the pellets inside. You’re done!
You can tuck the velcro strap underneath the triangle if you wish, or leave it hanging out. No more fishing for a cord in the dark!