two folded cord keepers, holding earphones and cables

Perfect for keeping cords and earphones from tangling. Throw the cord keeper in your bag and the cords are safely stored away and easy to find! I use both sizes, one for cables and one for headphones, and it's excellent to have them neat and organised when I'm travelling. It makes a great gift too!


Circle templates  - cut from cardboard - for the large size radius = 2.5" and for the small size radius =  2"
7in x 10in of the following: outer fabric, lining fabric and wadding
3/4in x 24in strip of fabric*
Fusible Bias Tape Maker 9mm width*
Fusible web for tape maker 5mm width*
Fabric glue pen
2 sew on snap fasteners
bias binding - cut strips 1¼" and it's better to make more than the circumference of the circle to make finishing easier.

*Ric Rac or ribbon would be a good alternative to making bias tape!

Large: approx. 5" Small: approx. 4"

Grid in Blue, Print Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel; Netorious in Cloud, Cotton + Steel Basics by Cotton + Steel; Sprinkle in Black Cat, Cotton + Steel Basics by Cotton + Steel.
Fabric supplied by Fat Quarter Shop.

Seam allowances are ¼", unless otherwise noted.

quilted fabric

1. Make a quilt sandwich by layering the lining fabric, wadding and outer fabric rectangle. Quilt as desired. I quilted a simple grid.

circle templates on top of quilted panel

circles cut from panel, one small and one bigger

2. Use the circle templates to cut a large and small circle from the quilted panel.

strips of fabric, Clover fusible tape and bias binding maker

3. Make a fusible binding strip using the fabric strip, the bias tape maker and fusible web.

paper being removed from pressed fabric strip

4. Peel off the paper backing, fold the binding in half width-wise and press to fuse and create narrow strips.

quilted circles being decorated with bias tape applique

5. Fold the circles in half, each half can now be decorated by appliqueing the strip.

bias tape glued on quilted circles

6. Make a loop, wiggly line or any design you like with the strips and use a fabric glue pen to hold in place.

bias tape stitched on circles

close up of top stitched applique bias tape

7. Topstitch along the strips on the side where the edges meet. You can leave the folded side of the strip unsewn or stitch it by machine or hand.

bias binding sewn on to front of circle

8. Attach binding to the front, fold over and hand sew to the lining. You can trim the seam allowance slightly to make it easier to bind.

inside of quilted circle with snap fasteners sewn on either side below binding

9. Sew the snap fasteners in place. Fold up your cord or earphones and place them in the keeper, snap shut.

headphones cord folded and placed inside circle

No more tangled mess, enjoy your organised cables and headphones!

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This pattern was originally published in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 46.

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