There's nothing worse than gearing yourself up to finally go for a run (especially if you don't run that often) only to find your headphones are a tangled mess. So, rather than starting your workout off on a high note, you spend the first few minutes in a brisk walk while you attempt to untangle the knot so you can finally get your workout playlist pumping. Well with a quick DIY cord keeper, your knotty days are behind you, and you'll never have to spend half your flight trying to untangle your headphones again!
-leather or faux leather in two colors
–Crop-a-dile or 1/8" and 3/16" leather hole punches
–button stud with screwback (I used the 7mm for the small keeper and the 8mm for the medium keeper.)
Use fabric scissors to cut out as many circles as you want cord keepers. Cut a small triangle out of your circle with scissors so you have a pac-man shape. Trace a portion of the curve of your circle onto the back of your other color of leather. Line up the curve with the triangle opening in your original circle and trace the cutout area.
Use scissors to cut the curve of your second color circle on the line, and then cut 1/4" out from your traced triangle lines so the fabrics will have a bit of overlap for gluing together. Place a small line of fabric glue next to the edges of your triangle cutout on your original circle and place your second color cutout on top of the glue so that the top circle edge lines up with the rest of the circle.
Allow the glue to fully dry, fold your cord keeper in half, and mark with a pen where you want your button stud closure to sit. Use your Crop-a-dile to punch a 1/8" hole through your folded circle at the marked location, and then punch a slightly bigger 3/16" hole over the first hole on the side that is the front of your cord keeper. Use scissors to cut a small slit out from the bottom of the 3/16" hole so that it has a "keyhole" shape that will fit over the top knob of your button stud.
Screw your button stud through the smaller hole in the back and push the button stud knob through the front hole to close. Wind whatever cord you want to keep tidy around your hand, and then use your keeper to keep the cord from unraveling.
Ahh, a cute solution to an irritating problem—what's better than that? I also like that I can use whatever colors of leather I want too so I can match the headphones to their keeper as well. These are quick to make a few at a time so they would be a perfect handmade gift for a techie friend, or come to think of it, just anyone else that hates to untangle cords as well! And isn't that basically everybody? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman