I have this thing for accessories. Handbags get all the glory (and oh, how I do love them too!), but small leather goods always feel like a luxurious indulgence to me. I mean, 99% of the time, nobody even sees them! But that’s what makes little accessories so special… it’s like a little gift to yourself every time you pull something pretty out of your bag.
These pretty little cord keepers were a natural extension of my love for luxe accessories, and the fact that I’ve had organization on the brain this month. They’re the perfect solution for keeping earbuds tidy in your purse without adding much bulk or weight. Make them even more special by adding a monogram, and whip up some extras for your gal pals for a cheap-yet-chic Galentine’s Day gift! Or stamp the names of your electronic devices onto the keepers to keep corresponding cords neat & tidy at your desk.
Leather Cord Keeper Tutorial
- lightweight leather strap (3/4″ wide)
- snap setting kit
- hole punch
- optional: alphabet embossing set
Cut your leather strap to length. Mine are 3.5″ long.
If you’d like to emboss your cord keeper, that’s the next step. Work on a hard surface and hammer each letter into the leather. Use a piece of gentle painters tape if you need a line to keep them straight (which I clearly didn’t figure out until after I made this one!).
Figure out where you’d like your snap to go, and mark the location where you will need a hole. I made a gentle indent with the actual snap to use as my marker. Use your hole punch to punch the first hole.
Fold your piece in half, so that you can use the hole you already punched as a guide to perfectly match your second hole.
Follow the instructions on your snap setting kit to set your snaps. I recommend starting with the domed “button” looking piece first, just for mental clarity. My first attempt at making these I accidentally set the snaps backwards 😉
That’s it! Even with the letter embossing they only took me about 5 minutes each. The length of strap I used is enough to make about 10 cord keepers, so minus the tools these are a very affordable DIY!