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Fabric Cable Tidy, Cable Roll DIY

Tidiness is not my forte, for some time I have been meaning to tackle the cable drawers in our sideboard. Surely I’m not the only person to have a pile of messy cables and leads??

Messy Cable Draw

So when I received this bundle of fabric from Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

fat quarters

Do you neeed help to tidy your cables? Fancy making your own cable roll?

DIY CAble Tidy - Fabric Cable roll with step by tep tutorial

It’s a great fat quarter make.

Create a cable tidy from one fat quarter

You will need:

Fat quarter of fabric, plus interfacing

Fabric for securing each cable, each tie to be 11 by 4 and a quarter inches


Plain fabric for labels, plus printing set

Elastic, 9 and 3/4 inches

Bondaweb or other fabric adhesive.


To make:

Iron interfacing to the back of the fat quarter.

Iron on interfacing

Fold in half and iron

Next create the cable holders – Cut out fabric  for each cable, 11 by 4 and a quarter inches.


Print the names of each cable on plain fabric.

Cut our your labels, add bondaweb to the reverse.

trim labels

Fold your fabric ties in half and iron. Iron on the label 2-3 mm down from the crease.


Stitch round your label to secure it in place.


Add velcro to the ties.


Fold right sides together and stitch side seams. Press. Then press in the final seam allowance.

Finish cable ties

Use bondaweb adhesive to close the final seam.

Measure your base fabric (folded in half) – next a little bit of maths to workout the placement of the cable ties. Place centrally, my fabric ties are spaced 2 and a half inches apart. They are secured with stitching in a rectangular shape.


Lastly fold the right sides of your roll together. Pin into place elastic, centrally along one of the shorter edges (dependent upon the volume of cables you have in your roll you may wish to alter the length of elastic you use).


Stitch round the sides, allow a turning gap.


Stitch seams

Turn right side out and slip stitch seam together.


Your finished!!

Transformed cable draw

I am delighted with one transformed drawer:)

If you like this post you may like this tutorial for a bunk bed bag, or this knitting needle case.

Find a supplier of the fabric here . This post is linked up with All Free Sewing, a great resource for free sewing patterns.






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  1. Elizabeth
    November 8, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Fantastic idea!
    I love that it rolls up. I’m definitely tempted to make something similar. Thanks.
    I couldn’t work out how you had done the works… so simple but so effective!!! xxx

    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      I have been wondering if a sharpie pen could be used for thiose who do not have stamp pads:)

  2. Tina
    November 8, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Great idea for travel. We recently went on a trip and misplaced one of our chargers.

    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      A great idea:) I find it especially confusing if several families are congregating together – does everyone have the right cable at the end of family weekend meet up?!

  3. November 8, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    What a great idea. Finding the right cable is the bane of my life. As your children get older it just adds to the confusion.
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    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      I shall look forward to that:)!

  4. November 8, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    That’s a brilliant idea. My hubbies knows at a glance what lead is for what but I have NO idea unless it’s labelled.
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    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 11:56 am

      So true – I have no idea either!!

    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      So far so good, apart from the IPAD!!!

  5. Irene
    November 9, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Lovely idea! So many cables laying around everywhere. But I’m not sure I would be structured enough to put the back in the roll every time 😉
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  6. Free Spirit Designs
    November 9, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    This is such a great idea, cables just seem to breed in drawers! 🙂

    • Vicky
      November 9, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      I was rather shocked at just how many cables we had, including duplicates – how did that happen??

  7. November 10, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Briliant idea as we have a drawer full and not even sure what half of them are for

  8. Carla Hundley
    November 10, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Wonderful idea and
    looks so neat and tidy!
    Carla from Utah

  9. Lydia
    November 10, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your tutorial. I found you on Sew Many Ways link up. I have that same drawer!!! I live on the east coast of Australia so your lovely idea will be shared around this country, Best wishes.

  10. How
    November 25, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Super idea thanks for sharing

  11. June 23, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    This is so pretty AND brilliant! You deserve a medal for fixing that annoying cable catastrophe (which I have in my house, too)!
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  12. KarenH
    July 15, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I know someone who needs this! Yeah!

  13. Linda B.
    July 21, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    We travel with three i-pads, a computer, 3 cameras, etc! Cords get tangled and misplaced in one case or another. Your idea is so fantastic. Thank you!

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