Cord Cuff for Wrangling Small Appliance Cords

I don’t particularly like ironing, but the reality is that some of our clothes have to be ironed. There is no getting around it. The only thing that makes ironing worse, is having to wrestle with the cords that inevitably becomes tangled when I pull it out of the cupboard.

Usually, I have the cord just carelessly wrapped around the iron. I use velcro wrap cords for most of the cords for electronic devices and hair tools, but for larger pieces like an iron, they just don’t seem to be long enough or wide enough.

You can see the iron here in this post on how I organized our bathroom,with the cord all haphazardly wrapped around it. It looks fine, but if you try to lift it out, it all becomes tangled. I finally decided enough is enough and looked for a solution.

Scrap fabric + an old button + 15 minutes =
an easy to sew cord cuff! No more tangled cords!


Now the iron cord is all neatly wrapped in a cute little cuff. I’m even hoping to do this for other larger appliances for awkward cords, like our juicer.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Scrap Fabric
  • Button
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle
  • Iron

To figure out how big I would need to make the cuff, I wound the cord how I would like it to sit on the handle, and then used a tape measure to see how long the cuff would need to be to hold everything in. 7″ was enough to keep the cords in place, with a 2″ width to prevent everything from sliding out.

Cut out two 2.5″ x 8″ rectangles of scrap fabric. This will give you another for a 1/4″ seam allowance on all four sides, as well as extra room for the button hole.

Pin the good sides of the fabric facing each other, and stitch a 1/4″ seam allowance on the two long sides and one short side, using a sewing machine.

Using sharp scissors, clip the corners on all four corners, to help remove some of the bulk.


Turn the piece inside out, using a pencil to poke the corners out. Using the iron on an ironing board, press the rectangle flat.

On the open end, tuck the ends in 1/4″ inside and press with the iron.


Stitch a 1/4″ seam all the way around the pressed fabric to give it a finished look.


Using a pen, mark where the button hole will be. You want to make sure it is just wide enough for the button to fit in, but not much more.

Use can use a button foot, but I don’t have one. Instead, I stitched a small rectangle button hole 4-5 times, until it was secure. Use sharp scissors to cut out the inside of the rectangle.

On the opposite end, hand stitch your button into place.


When you’re done, it should look like this. All ready to wrangle some cords!


An easy project that makes our bathroom cupboard just a little more tidy.


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  1. says

    OMG! That is brilliant! If I had a sewing machine, I’d be making a bunch of these for all my appliances that I store away. I’m going to have to figure out how to do it without one.

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