How to Make a No Sew Tailored Fabric Cord Cover for Lights and Lamps

How to Make a No Sew Tailored Fabric Cord Cover for Lights and Lamps

Hello there! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I have one more post to share in reference to the hanging drum pendant lights I posted about last week. If you have been reading along, you know I am not the biggest fan of visible cords in any fashion – though they are pretty inevitable when it comes to suspending any kind of plug in lighting from the ceiling.
A while back I posted an easy no-sew fabric cord cover tutorial and I was initially thinking I could use that same concept to cover these dreaded cords. Even though I cut down the ruffle effect this time by running the fabric through my sewing machine the gathered look just was not working for the masculine feel I was looking for in the room. Round two involved a quick trip to the hardware store and with just a few supplies I was able to put together some simple tailored cord covers in no time – for just a couple of dollars each.

 Since it is hard to achieve a sleek tailored look by just wrapping fabric around the cord, I needed something that gave the cord a little structure. The perfect material for this was found right in the electrical section and is actually made to conceal wiring jobs {go figure}. It is called Split Flex Tubing and can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, or even at your local automotive store.
 The tubing comes in several different diameters though I found the 3/8″ to fit best. It is made of heat resistant polyethylene plastic and the split opening running along the side makes it incredibly easy to slip the light cord right in. Once the cord is in place, the tubing snaps shuts to create a continuous protective cover.
 From there I simply wrapped by fabric around the tubing and sealed with a bead of hot glue.
 To keep the edge of the fabric from fraying and becoming tattered Fray Check was ran along the raw edge.
The tubing comes in 10 foot rolls and can easily be cut to any size with scissors – though I used two whole packages – one for each hanging light.
I braided the two cords together so they would appear a little more organized {in my mind} and hang somewhat straight in the corner.
Even though I am still not completely sold on the whole hanging light set up, it is the best option for what we have to work with in the room – and the covered cords help a great bit.
If you are planning on hiding the cord from a table lamp you could even get away with only covering the section of cord that shows with this method – oppose to the entire cord itself.
Each package of 10ft tubing costing just $2.00 – so if the ruffled cord covers are really not fitting in with your style – this is another inexpensive, no sew option to coordinate and hide those unruly cords.


  1. I like this idea. Creative!

  2. I LOVE that you hot glued the fabric–so simple. 🙂 I’m trying this first chance I get, thanks for the tutorial Stephanie Lynn!

  3. Fabulous idea! LOVE the no sew (no offense to sewers) =)

  4. that’s a brilliant idea!

  5. Stephanie, this is genius. And simple. I am just amazed…

  6. The is a fantastic solution to the cord problem.

  7. What a great idea thank you for sharing!!!

  8. Great idea!!!

  9. Genius! I have that same problem and dislike of visible cords, so this is perfect. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Brilliant! This looks so much more polished than an ugly old cord hanging. Thanks for the tip!

  11. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this post and the one about the pendant adapter – I have a crazy cool shade I made and want to hang, and have been searching and searching the web to figure out an easy, cheap way to do it! And I hate exposed cords too, so I am just beside myself with joy to have the whole problem solved with one order from Lowes. YAY! Thank you so much!

  12. Just found your site. I love this. Just what I was looking for

  13. Genius! I need a cord protector because our bunny wants to nibble cords! This price is right up my alley, and I can adapt it for each room!

  14. Love this ! thanks for sharing. Like the tailored look

  15. Thank you, bless you! Slouch socks belong in “Flashdance,” not on a chandelier. I don’t get that concept, and I’m so glad that you don’t, either. Your solution is perfect!


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