This post is sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines.

Thanks in part to the great brand collaborations here on IBC, I’ve had the chance to travel quite a bit. I am so grateful for these opportunities to meet new people and experience different places. However, I am not a big fan of the packing process. Since I’m always looking for ways to make it easier, today I’m going to show you DIY Felt Cable Organizers, a trick I use for keeping electronic accessories organized.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

As you know I’ve partnered with Carnival Cruise Lines this year to share lots of travel-inspired ideas (and some delicious recipes, too). My last cruise with Carnival was eight glorious days. Since I’m often working while traveling (Self-employment allows me to work in the middle of the ocean.), I end up taking quite a few electronics. After stowing phone chargers, headphones, and laptop chargers in my bag, it can quickly become a tangle of cords. And we all know how much fun untangling cords, or evening finding the right cord in such a mess, can be. Um, not so much.

My solution? These DIY Felt Cable Organizers!

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

In addition to being super adorable, they also function well. Need proof? Here’s a typical collection of cords that I pack while traveling for an extended trip. That’s anywhere from 8 to 10 cords.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

A hot mess, right?

Now, take a look at these cords after being wrangled with my homemade cable organizers.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Ahhh. Blissful. So much better, right? Plus, since I can easily see both ends of the cords, I can quickly identify which cord I need when I need it. Bonus time saver!

Now, all that time I would have spent searching for and detangling cords can be spent sunbathing on the lido deck or sipping a Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini in my favorite bar.

What makes these organizers even better is that they are a piece of cake to make. I kid you not. No sewing or fancy tools required. Plus, with the variety of colored felt on the market, you could even color code your cords if you want to take this organizational tool to the next level.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Let me show you how to make them.

Here’s what you will need:
Pattern (FREE download here)
Paper (Cardstock is recommended.)
Felt (3 mm thick)
Heavy duty snap kit
Hole punch
Marker (Disappearing ink is recommended.)
Scissors
Hammer

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

To get started, print out the FREE pattern. I’ve created a free download with two different sizes here. (I recommend using cardstock since it’s a bit sturdier.) Then cut the pattern out.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Trace the pattern onto your felt with a marker. For the felt, I prefer the 3 mm. This felt is a bit thicker (but not too thick), making it ideal for this project. Also, I recommend using a marker with disappearing ink (available in the sewing section of the craft store). This is helpful in case the marker bleeds or you miss a spot when cutting.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Then, cut out the felt.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Next, use your hole punch to cut out a hole on one end of the felt. (You’ll want a quality hole punch for this; a cheaper version may not be able to cut through the thick felt.) You want the hole to be centered and about 1/2 inch from the edge.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

For the second hole, fold your felt in half and use your maker to make a dot through your first hole This mark is where the next hole should be punched to ensure that your felt pieces line up nicely when completed.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Next, use your heavy duty snap kit and hammer to attached the snaps. (Make sure your kit includes the tools for adding the snaps.) Follow the instructions on your particular snap kit for attaching. This process is simple; just be sure you attach the snaps the correct way so that the snaps will connect when your cable organizer is folded over.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

And with that, your DIY Felt Cable Organizers are complete.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

I told you they are simple to make.

And really cute, right? I took these on my last trip, and the woman sitting next to me on the plane was amazed. She was even more impressed when I told her I made them.

DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

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DIY Felt Cable Organizers | inspiredbycharm.com

Tangled cables are a thing of the past; and you can look pretty fashionable (and clever) while being organized.

With that packing battle won, I’m ready to plan another trip. How about you? If you could sail anywhere, where would you go?

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This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

Comments

  • Belina Ruff at

    Interested in more

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Sure! More of what, though? Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • KC1 at

    Genius!! I’m making these this weekend!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Glad you like them! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Eva at

    wait this is such a clever idea! I hate to carry my headphones, charger in my bag all open. I must make one of those. Thanks for making these. 😉 xx

  • Kellie at

    Love these and will certainly give them a try. As for my cruise Alaska for sure! I have been south(Key West, Bahamas, etc.) time to head for the cool, beautiful, adventrous waters for Alaska!

  • Michele at

    Printer doesn’t work what is the length and width i can get it from there thanks

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