How to Make a Quick DIY Lamp Cord Cover Out of Fabric

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1 Hour

If you have an ugly lamp cord that you can't stand, check out this project for an easy and inexpensive way to hide it. All you need is fabric!

Ever since I made this lamp ( see the project here) I have disliked the fact that the cord was black. It sticks out like crazy and frankly has always bothered me. With the white wall in the background, it never looked right.

Do you have lights with cords or other cords that drive you as crazy as this one does to me?

On top of the cord being so harsh, I recently moved it back to where it was originally hanging. Of course, I misplaced the clips that hang it and can’t find them anywhere. With the cord being thin, it wouldn’t stay on the hooks without the clips so I had to improvise with the clips below which made the light look even worse.

I recently had enough of its ugliness so I finally did something about it (isn’t that how all great projects come about?!) I decided to make a cover for the cord. Basically a giant scrunchy.

It wouldn’t take much to cover the cord, even though it was quite long, so I headed to my fabric scraps.

I found one I liked and had just enough to make the lamp cord cover.

First, I folded the fabric until I got a suitable size strip that would go over the plug.

Then, cut the fabric into strips.

Depending on how long your cord is, you need to plan for 2-3 times the length of the cord to be covered so that the material can be scrunched up.

With the strips cut, I wanted to sew them into one long strip.

With the pattern sides facing together, I did a quick stick across the ends until they were all joined. I also ironed the seams open.

To finish the sewing, I folded the entire length in half making sure the patterned sides were facing each other, and then sewed the length of the entire piece.

The hardest part of this whole project was turning the long tube right side out when the sewing was done. I sat down, put something to watch on the TV, and worked away at it. All in all, it took about 45 minutes to turn the entire piece inside out.

Once I had it the right way, the only thing left to do was to thread the cord through the length of fabric.

I didn’t need to sew the ends, they were scrunched enough that the entire piece stayed in place. This allows me to easily remove it if it needs to be washed or if I get tired of it.

I am so so happy with how the cord cover turned out. It was a really simple sewing project and I love that I was able to make it with scrap fabric.

What do you think? Does it look better than the black cord or did you not mind it as much as I did?

Remember, pulling a room together takes time. It is little projects like this that make spaces feel more and more comfortable and cozy. If you missed my tips on decorating with vintage on a budget, be sure to check them out here…

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Suggested materials:
  • Fabric   (scraps)
  • Sewing machine
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  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on May 06, 2022

    Only black? I see. I transformed a wired in pendant fixture into a plug-in with a toggle switch using white wiring. It never occured to me that you couldn't get white.

  • Imp Imp on May 06, 2022

    This is one of the best ideas that I have seen in a long time. Who doesn't have ugly cords hanging in their home? Brilliant idea and easy to do.

    For those of you that don't know how to turn the strip the right way out. Here is how. Attach the end of a light cord to one end of your strip (piping cord works), then stich entire length of your strip with the cord inside. When done turn the strip slightly in on the end of the strip that the cord is attached to. Pull the cord from the opposite end easing it through buy pulling the fabric in the opposite direction. Voila. Easy peasy. The cord is still reusable.

  • Shelby mcdaniel Shelby mcdaniel on May 11, 2022

    Good and creative idea. Me...I'd have just used a white cord.

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  • Jill Jill on May 16, 2022

    I used some of my leftover peel ‘n stick wallpaper to actually “match” my new wallpaper! I had a bunch of long strips that I had to cut off & it was so easy to just wrap it around & stick it to itself!😁.

  • Patricia Patricia on May 17, 2022

    Use a pretty, decorative plant holder and hang the lamp from it after changing out the cord to white