Key Fobs are definitely the rage. They're not only really cute, but soooo functional as well. Slip them around your wrist, and you are hands-free to carry your bags, kiddos, etc.!
I make, and sell, quite a few in my shop and give many away as gifts. Here's a tutorial to show you how you can make your own.
Items you'll need:
- 2 strips of coordinating fabric 12"x 2.25"
- 2 strips of fusible interfacing (I use Pellon 809 DecorBond) 12" x 1.25"
- 1 strip of Pellon PelTex #70 12" x 1.25" (I actually cut mine 1 3/16th", or just a hair narrower than 1.25". You'll understand why later)
- 1 set of key fob hardware (I purchase mine here.)
Here are the interfacing strips:
Step 1) Fuse the interfacing strips to your fabric strips, by placing the Pellon 809 down the center of the fabric strip. There will be 1/2" of fabric on each side. The edges of the Pellon will be your guide for stitching throughout the process of making your key fob.
Place fabric pieces right sides together and pin in place. Stitch down one edge of the Pellon. Iron the seam open.
Step 2) With the fabric wrong side up, iron each long side of the fabric strip inward at the edge of the Pellon. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.
Slip the Peltex into the middle of your fabric "sandwich". Wrap the outside fabric's seam allowances (the fabric that will be the main outer fabric of the key fob) around the Peltex. Pin the fabric"sandwich together. If you cut your PelTex as I do, it will be much easier to pin this since the seam allowances take up a bit of space inside the sandwich. Trust me; do as I say.
Step 3) Stitch the pinned edge together by topstitching. Be sure to catch the underside fabric! And go slowly, you'll be stitching over the Peltex, and it's a thick layer...but oh so worth it in the end.
Topstitch down the opposite side as well.
Step 4) At this point, you are just cleaning up the piece before attaching the hardware. Trim the edges (the short ends) even, and apply Fray Check generously to the raw edges. Really, don't skip this part. It will give your key fob a cleaner looking end result and will give it more longevity.
Step 5) Attach the hardware with some pliers. Fold the fabric strip to meet at raw ends. Slip the hardware piece over both layers. It will be thick, so make sure that you have all of the layers neatly tucked in there. Use pliers to clamp the hardware shut in this order: middle, right side, left side. Otherwise you might clamp it shut unevenly. Clamp gently at first to be sure it stays positioned correctly. Then go back and finish it off with a nice, tight clamp!
I wrap a scrap piece of fabric around the hardware so that it doesn't get scratched by the pliers.
Attach the O-ring and you are done!
And don't forget to comment below and let me know how the tutorial works for you! And I'd love to see what you make, too!