How to Sew Electrical Cord Covers for Lamps


There are always functional items that get in the way of a beautifully designed room, and electrical cords are one of them.

Yes, electrical cords are ugly, however, you can create easy fabric cord covers that will hide ugly cords and become a nice additional accent to the room.

Use them on both table lamp and floor lamp cords, and you can even put them on chandelier cords and chains. Especially now that so many homes have high ceilings, electrical cord covers will hide those long, long chains.

Give them a try and I’m sure you’ll love their effect.

Materials List:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Cutting board
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Large oversized safety pin
  • Iron and ironing board

To determine the amount of fabric needed for this project, consider that you will be making a tube of fabric twice the length of the cord or chain you are covering. The width of the fabric cut depends on the width of what you are covering, but a basic measurement is about 5” wide.

1. Measure the length of the cord you wish to cover. For an electrical cord, consider making the cover 2” wide. (This allows for the plug to travel through the tube.) For a chain, make sure you add at least a half inch to the width of the chain to allow for bunching and seam allowance.

2. Cut enough fabric to make the 2-inch tube twice the length of the cord. For width, cut the strips at 5 inches to accommodate a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

3. Pin and machine stitch as many strips of fabric together as needed to cover the cord at double the length.

4. Fold the long strip in half lengthwise and pin along the long edge, keeping the ends open; machine stitch in place.

5. Remove the pins and begin the process of turning the tube right side out by attaching the safety pin to one end, and then pushing the pin through the tube with your fingers until it comes out the other end. Grab the fabric and continue pulling until the tube is completely right-side out. Remove the safety pin and iron the tube flat.

6. Fold the raw edges back into one end of the tube and insert the electrical cord into the tube, pushing the plug through to the other end. When the cover is completely on the cord, arrange and scrunch it to your liking, fold the other raw edge into the tube at the end and plug in the lamp.


This is a great decorating detail that allows you to add a chandelier where there is no electrical outlet in the ceiling. Just swag the chandelier over from a wall outlet, and cover the cord with a custom-made electrical cord cover.


The cord cover makes the chandelier look like it was meant to be instead of added as an afterthought.


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