I hope you had a chance to enter my 6th Anniversary Giveaway last week. If not, hop on over – today is the last day! (giveaway has ended) When I was gathering the collection for the giveaway, I decided to throw in a couple of sets of key fob hardware. They’re so quick to make, and once you have the hardware it takes very few supplies. Perfect for those fabric scraps! There are many ways to make these handy little things, so let me show you mine.
- key fob hardware (I ordered mine from this seller on Etsy - affiliate link)
- two 1 7/8 x 10 1/2” pieces of cotton fabric
- two 1 5/8 x 10 1/4” pieces of fusible fleece
Iron the fleece onto the back of the fabric pieces. You want to do this with the fabric side facing up. If you don’t have, or don’t want to use, fusible fleece you can use ordinary thin batting, just make sure you pin the layers together well in the upcoming steps.
If you’re using a tag, you can sew that on now. Pin the two pieces with right sides of the fabric together. Stitch both long sides with a 1/4” seam.
To turn right side out, attach a large safety pin to the seam allowance, making sure to catch the batting. That will help prevent the pin from ripping through your fabric.
Push the pin into the tube. Continue pushing it through until it comes out the other side.
Pull the tube right side out and remove the pin. Roll the seams between your fingers until they’re flat, then press well on the front and back. Top stitch close to the edge down both sides.
Bring the two ends together and pin or clip. Stitch over the edge with a medium width zigzag stitch.
Center the hardware over the stitched end. Wrap a scrap of fleece over the top to protect it from scratches. Gently squeeze it closed with a pair of pliers.
I alternate sides until it’s completely closed, but not squished to the point it’s warped. This is really the most difficult part of this whole project.
Add the ring, and you’re done!
This is kind of an addictive project – once you’ve made one it’s hard to stop. Not to mention, I’ve actually been using one of these for a few months now, and I love it. It’s bright, comfortable and easy to find.
This is a good beginner project, and I encourage you to give it a try. However, if you really want one and don’t want to make it yourself, you’ll find these in my Etsy shop!