Thursday, 31 May 2012

Charger Wall Pocket

As you may know, I recently bought my very own sewing machine, and have been sewing up a storm! I have gotten most of my patterns on Pinterest (best website ever btw), which are usually really good and include links to tutorials. Every once and a while there will be something that I am dying to make that is just pictures and no instructions, so I have to figure it out using my crafty ways. This is one of those projects! The instructions were in Swedish, so I just made up my own way to do it. This is my first sewing tutorial, so bear with me! I am a beginner sewer by every definition, so if you think of a better way to do this, then feel free. Here is the original link, in case anybody out there reads Swedish :)



I love my charger wall pocket, and use it to store my cell phone charger when I'm not using it. You could easily change the measurements to make it bigger/smaller to fit your electronics.

What You Need:
- 2 pieces of fabric approximately 5 1/2" x 11"
- 1 piece of cotton batting approximately 5 1/2" x 11"
- sewing machine/needles and thread
- pins

Instructions:
1) Cut out the fabric and batting to measure 5 1/2" x 11"



2) Cut out a square in the top of the fabric and batting pieces approximately 2" x 2 1/2" about 1" from the edges at the top.


3) Pin the 3 pieces together with right sides of fabric facing each other, and cotton batting on the bottom.


4) Sew along the 4 outside edges using a 1/4" seam allowance.

5) Flip the whole thing right side out through the rectangle hole.

6) Turn in the fabric along the edges of the rectangle hole, pin together and sew using a 1/4" seam allowance. You may find it easier to make a diagonal cut into the fabric at each corner so it lays flatter.


7) Fold up the bottom of the rectangle to make the pocket, pin into place, and sew along the two side edges.


To use, hold the pocket against the outlet, plug your charger into the wall through the pocket, and put your phone, ipod, etc. and the cord in the pocket.



Pinterest vs Reality: Charger Wall Pocket

14 comments:

  1. I stumbled across your tutorial on Pinterest! Definitely going to try. Thanks for putting the tutorial together. My friends also say that I'm an old lady in a young persons body. Another says I have an "old soul". I take it as a compliment!!

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  2. If you want your charger pocket to look like the original, you need to use one of the really stiff
    interfacings instead of regular batting.

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  3. You did a GREAT job on this tutorial! :D Another alternative to batting, or even in addition to, is the foam craft sheets that you can buy the kids at a craft or dollar store. Or mylar sheets.

    I love the fabric you decided to use!

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  4. This is great! I love to sew, got my first machine a week ago but do not consider myself crafty or creative. I kept staring at thr swedish version wondering how in the word to do it w/o instructions! Ive bookmarked your page, LOVE IT!!! Keep it up :)

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  5. How is that not a fire hazard? Id like to try it but a lil concerned

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    1. If the fabric is touching the actual plug prongs, it may be hazardous but, while I'm certainly no expert, if the fabric is only hanging from the plastic part of the charger I don't think it would pose a risk.

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  6. Wow, great tutorial.
    Www.chubbytalker.blogspot.com

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  7. i made this tonight! its super cute but the handle does not support the weight of the phone. the handle looks horrible squished down on the charger..

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  8. German (not Swedish).

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  9. Hi! I tried out your tutorial this week. I like the way it turned out but as another commenter mentioned, the handle lays flat. Any suggestions?

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  10. What if you were to us stick on Velcro and put it just above the outlet and back of the top of the pocket.

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  11. I made something similar to this using another tutorial. I agree with the idea of using something stiffer than batting. You might want to try a heavier weight fusible interfacing for the back. I didn't make mine as stiff as the tut called for, but it keeps it's shape. Another idea is putting elastic on the front of the pocket. I keep my cord rolled up in the pocket, and my phone stays in securely while hanging.

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  12. I have always thought that thick plastics that come in blister packages are good for making things; I just didn't know quite what, yet. However, this would be a great thing to use to stiffen your project. I recommend covering the plastic cutout edges with something soft, maybe even duct tape (the gray/silver kind), to keep it from poking through stuffing or fabric. Then you don't have to worry about your charging caddy sagging or even interfering with the charger.

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  13. What Micro USB cable that provide fast charging?
    Wall Charger

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