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Cellphone Charging Stations

When our daughter was here over the Christmas holidays, one morning she left the cellphone cord plugged into the wall after she unplugged her phone. Later that morning, Dave was vacuuming the upstairs while I was putting fresh sheets on our bed when I heard that telltale crunching of something being sucked up in the power head followed by a few very colorful words… mostly of the blue variety!

A quick trip to the mall replaced the cord but ever since then I’ve been meaning to make a charging station that could be hung up by the outlet to be used by whoever is staying in the guest bedroom. There are lots of tutorials available for these online. I chose this one.

A quick rummage through my fabric dresser turned up some cute owl fabric and coordinating fabric to play nice with it.  A couple of hours later, I had this:

Cute Owl Cellphone Charging Station

Dave suggested that we position the Command Hook (<-affiliate link) up beside the bed for easy access rather than down by the outlet.

Cellphone Charging Station with it plugged in

When the cellphone is in use, the charging cord can be tucked safely inside the pouch of the charging station.

Cellphone charging station with charging cord tucked inside the pouch.

While I was going through my fabric dresser, I found some fun fabric that I bought a couple of months ago and I decided to make a charging station for myself.

My Slippah Cellphone Charging Station

Don’t those Hawaiian Slippahs (aka flip flops) go well with the screen of my smartphone!

I think I’m going to be making a few more of these handy little charging stations for Christmas and birthday gifts.

I did learn a few things while making these two that I thought I’d pass along to anyone who might like to make one for themselves or as gifts.

The thing that gives the charging stations their body is Peltex 71 (<-affiliate link)  that is fusible on one side.  Make sure to trim the seam allowance off of the piece that you cut out of the Peltex.   This will make turning the charging station right side out easier and also create a much nicer edge all the way around with less bulk.

But before turning, be sure to clip the curved edges every 1/4″ so that the seam allowance will lie flat.

Because of the stiffness of the Peltex you will have to be persistent when turning it right side out and the fabric fused to the Peltex might get a bit wrinkled.  Don’t panic… a good pressing with lots of steam after you sew the opening closed should take care of this.

 

And finally on a different note, I would like to wish my American readers a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

Picture taken along Highway 411 in Center, Alabama
Picture taken along Highway 411 in Center, Alabama

 

11 Comments

  • Rachel
    May 23, 2015 4:25 am

    What a useful idea!

  • Christine B.
    May 23, 2015 6:30 am

    Hello Sue! What a great idea which makes such a cute little gift too! Have a good weekend! 🙂 x

  • Sandra
    May 23, 2015 7:32 am

    A few things here: I love your fabric choices for both (what a great idea–have bookmarked both the tute you used as well as this page); I ADORE the Hawaiian slippah (adore that term) fabric; Dave vacuuming (my husband does more of it than I, he’s a keeper); and thanks for the Fabricland tip. Plan to make a stop there today on the way to our daughter’s to check on her cats while she’s in TN!

  • Ann
    May 23, 2015 11:12 am

    Great Idea and darling fabrics. You chose the best tutorial IMO. Hanging the station over the charger has always worried me. Command hooks are a much better plan. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan
    May 23, 2015 7:31 pm

    It’s cute and useful. I guess I don’t vacuum that thoroughly. =)

  • Stitching Noni
    May 24, 2015 2:03 am

    What a clever idea! I love it :o)
    Hugs xx

  • Jo
    May 25, 2015 5:39 am

    What size are the grommets. This is a great idea

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 26, 2015 1:42 pm

      Hello Jo,

      I sent you an e-mail but thought I’d reply here to in case anyone else wants to know too.

      The package says the grommets are 3.6 cm (1 3/8″) inside diameter. I measured them and the outside diameter is 5.5 cm (2 1/4″.)

      I found them in the drapery section of the fabric store, if that helps.

  • Bonnie
    May 31, 2015 7:49 pm

    I love this! I totally need to make a few of these for around the house. I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at BehindtheSeamsSewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

  • Angie
    June 1, 2015 12:44 pm

    Such a cute idea! They look fab!

  • Michelle James
    June 3, 2015 10:36 am

    I love this idea for a guest room. Super nice perk for them. These would also make great gifts. Thanks.

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