A phone charger holder seems to me to be a great way to keep the mess of cables and electronics contained. I don't know about you, but the piles of cables on the kitchen counter, on the floor, or on the desks are enough to send me into a frowning mood. So I thought this little project can make the ugly cables disappear and the best part is that the holder can be done in only seven easy steps.
This is an easy project and is a good way to practice your skills while making something useful. I have found these holders make good gifts as well as potentially items for your Etsy shop or church bazaar.
Required Sewing Materials
- 2 rectangles of quilting fabric, the color of your choice, 18” x 8”
- Fusible interfacing
- Non-woven, sew-in interfacing. I am using Therm-O-Web but Pellon is equally good and cheaper.
- Bias tape of 1/2″ wide x 38” long (you need a strip of 2″x 38″ long) follow this post to make your own bias binding tape.
- Sewing thread
Required Sewing Tools
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing machine
- Binding foot (optional)
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Step 1: Cutting your fabric and applying fusible interfacing
Cut two rectangles of fabric 18” x 8”. You need to decide what is going to be the pattern or color on the very front of the holder and what is going to be behind. You could, of course, choose to make the project with only one pattern or color, but I think the differentiation and contrast make the item much more attractive.
Apply fusible interfacing to the rectangle that will show at the back/bottom. By “back”, I mean as you fold the bottom upwards it will become a pocket and the back will show. The top/front part will be in white and the bottom/back in green in my project. I applied fusible interfacing to the green patterned fabric. This instruction will become clearer at the end of the project.
The fusible interfacing should be cut to exactly the same size as the back/bottom piece and applied to the wrong side of the fabric or the side opposite the print/pattern side that you want to show.
Step 2: Cutting and trimming your sew-in interfacing
Cut the sew-in interfacing ¼” bigger than your fabric rectangles on all sides (left, right, top, bottom)
Step 3: Aligning the interfacing
Place your sew-in interfacing first, then the “front” rectangle with the print facing up, then the “back” rectangle (this is the one with the fusible interfacing) with the print facing down. The fabrics are facing right or print side together. You can pin all the layers together to hold them in place as you do the next step.
Step 4: Making the hole
Draw a circle. This circle will be on the fusible interfacing and will become your stitching line. You can use anything round and the size you want it to be. If you want the holder it fit over a doorknob, just make sure it's big enough. I used the inner side of a masking tape roll to make my circle. Draw another circle inside the circle you've just traced but about ¼” smaller. This circle will be your cutting line. Stitch carefully along the big circle. Please don't rush this step because it will deform the shape of your circle.
Following the cut line, cut out the center and nip along the allowance making sure you don’t cut the stitching line. Cut every ¼” this cuts will make the fabric easier to turn.
Step 5: Turning the fabric
Begin to turn the first layer of fabric starting at the top. Feed the layer with the fusible interfacing through the hole.
Notice one print side of the fabric is on one side or at the back, then the sew-in interfacing and then the other fabric is on the other side or the front showing the print side.
Step 6: Trimming the interfacing and adding bias tape to the top and bottom edges
Zigzag along all edges of the fabric. This step will stabilize and join all the layers. Trim the excess of the interfacing. Stitch around the circle no wider than one side of your presser foot or ¼”. Add bias tape to the top and bottom edges.
Step 7: Folding and adding the bias tape to the sides
Fold the layers to make the pocket. Make sure the “back” folds forward so that the print shows like in the photo. Pin together.
Add bias tape to the sides. This might be a good opportunity to use your binding foot if it can handle the thickness. I actually wasn't able to since my fabric is quite thick, but if your fabric is thinner or you have a foot that can handle it, please give it a go. For a quick tutorial on How to Use Your Binding Foot, please click the link.
For a better finish of your project. please see this tutorial about Turning Corners with Bias Binding.
This project is not just a phone charger holder, but it can be used for the many little gadgets we have around the house. One of the best uses I have found so far is to hold my husband's electric shaver, keeping it away from the basin and the faucet.
We'd love to post some photos of finished projects on the site!