I have a little lamp in our kitchen that has a cord that hangs down off the side of the counter. That cord has always irritated me. Then, I saw Ballard Design's cord covers. What an elegant solution! However, $25-$35 seemed a bit steep to me. I pulled out some fabric leftover from the living room curtains & whipped up a cord cover that I think looks very much like the Ballard version!
It was super easy too. Here is what you do:
Measure the circumference of the plug at it's widest point, as well as the length of the cord. Cut out a long piece of fabric that is about double the length of the cord and about 1/4 inch wider than the circumference of the plug. Pin a hem on each short end of the fabric & sew.