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Last month my family and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip to London. The packing up for the trip experience made me reminisce to when I was a kid when all that was vital to traveling was clean underwear and a toothbrush…list of “must have” items for our trip abroad seemed excessively long, and the most important things all came with charging cords. Which made me think of a great DIY stocking stuffer for my brood.
We’re pretty efficient packers in general, and use eBags to fly (got a week for winter in these babies!), but as with any bag, little things can get tucked in all kinds of places you don’t remember and then drama ensues. Heaven forbid someone have to share a charging cable. I whipped up these neat little DIY charging cable pouches on my Cricut machine to keep everyone’s individual charging cable in one place in their bag. When we get to our destination, everyone will have everything they need to keep their phones, tablets, etc. charged up and ready for the day in one single place.
This is probably one of the simplest projects I’ve done in awhile. I think all in it took me 10 minutes to make, but a bit longer for the glue to dry. Figuring out how to work the snap pliers I think took most of that!
DIY Stocking Stuffer – Charging Cable Pouch
- Cricut Faux Leather (buy it here)
- Snaps (buy them here)
- Gold iron-on foil for lettering (optional)
- E6000 glue (buy it here)
- Cricut Project File
Load up the Cricut Project File in Design Space–it’s called the Pebbled Leather Clutch–and cut out your Faux Leather on your Cricut Explore Air or Maker machine. I changed the size on the beige pouch I made, you may want to depending on how big you need your pouch to be. You don’t need anything but the cutting blade your machine came with for this project.
If you’re using the iron-on lettering option, you’ll want to do that next! Type up whatever lettering you may want and cut it out with your Cricut.
A few seconds (30 at 300 degrees to be exact) with the Cricut EasyPress and you’ll be done.
Time to add the snaps. I admit, I totally had to go watch a YouTube to figure this one out. There are four parts to the snap. The outside cap has a rather large partner piece, the inside cap has a post piece and a piece the snap caps onto. All the pictures to explain this I took were really terrible, so hopefully that is a good enough explanation!
Use your snap pliers (which are also great for grommets) to put the snaps in. The project file will have cut holes where the snaps go for you. So convenient!
You’ll just need a smidge of the E6000 glue to glue the flaps under. I’d recommend getting a good fold on the flaps first before putting glue on there.
After I folded and pressed the sides together, I put a book on top of each glued down seam until it was mostly dry to ensure the seams didn’t pop up on me.
The E6000 directions say wait a full 24 hours till it’s absolutely dry. After that, you’ll be ready to stuff your stocking stuffer full of cables and be off your next trip!
This post is part of #averymerrychristmas. Check out all the fabulous projects on Instagram!
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