Okay, this won't make it into Make Magazine but maybe it helps you to solve the cable chaos of your ear bud headphone. It's my do-it-yourself-version of a TuneTie, a ear bud cable keeper, and can be built with some cardboard, sticky tape, a knife and around 10 minutes of time. Just cut the cardboard into the shape you need and stabilize it with tape. In the end add a little cut that is used to hold the end of the cable. As I use bulky "sport" ear buds the shape differs from the original. In the end it looks like this.
PS: Hmm, maybe I should think about making different blogs as my topics are really quite diverse. But I guess people can filter via the tags.