Vilene Sewing Club: Fabric Key Fob
I love to make things that are fun and practical at the same time. Not only are they satisfying to make, but if they are object or items that you use every day the will make daily life just a touch more colourful! This cute fabric key fob project is just that – fun and practical!
This week I’m sharing the how to guide to make this colourful accessory from The Vilene Sewing Club Workshops, so let’s make a Fabric Key Fob!
Grab your supplies…
Print Cotton, 6cm x 26cm – a slice of a Jelly Roll is just perfect for this make!
Vilene Decovil 1 Light fusible interfacing, 2.5cm x 26cm
Key Fob Hardware 2.5cm
Key Fob Pilers
Begin by placing the strip of Decovil 1 Light, adhesive side down on to the wrong side of the strip of fabric. Position the strip so that it runs down the centre of the strip 0.5cm from the raw edge of the fabric. Cover with a slightly damp pressing cloth and using a wool setting on the iron bond in place.
Pro Tip! Once the Decovil 1 Light has been bonded to the wrong side of the fabric, remove from the ironing board and transfer on a cool flat surface – like a table – and leave for up to 30 minutes to cool. This allows the adhesive to fully cool and bond the pieces together firmly.
Fold the fabric, with right sides outermost, in half along the strip of Decovil 1 Light and press neatly in place.
Conceal the raw edges by neatly folding in 0.5cm along each raw edge inwards. Using an iron to press the folds will create a reply neat finish. Pin in place.
With a straight machine stitch, work a neat seam along the edge of the fabric, the stitchines need to be positioned close to the edge – 3-4mm – to ensure that the raw edges that are folded inwards are fully secured.
Work a second line of stitching long the other raw edge, these is purely decorative so sim to position the stitches the same distance from the edge as on the previous side. Press neatly.
Fancy being fancy? If you want to customise your fey fob you can add a strip a ribbon or trimming to the front – simple pin in desired position along the front of the strip and stitch in place – or work a row of decorative stitching along the length!
Fold the fabric strip neatly in half aligning the two short edges – trim the ends to neaten if necessary. Work two lines of stitches across the top of the loop, this will hold the pieces neatly in position while securing the hardware – ensure that you position the stitches with in the section of the key fob that will be concealed by the metal portion of the hardware.
Slip the hardware over the stitched end of the loop and firmly secure by pressing the hardware shut using key fob pilers.
Why Key Fob Pilers? Good question! These clever pilers can be adjusted to ensure that you apply the correct pressure to the hardware to close it, so no more crimping on the surface of the finished make due to over pressure. The tips of the pilers are covered in rubber, preventing scratching the surface of the hardware. If you don’t have Key Fob Pilers, simply wrap the tips of the pilers with small pieces of quilt batting to prevent scraping the metal and work slowly applying the pressure to ensure that you don’t scratch the metal.
Twist on the ring and secure your keys – neat huh?
Tah Dah! Now you can carry your house keys in true style – the loop will slip over your hand – perfect for when hiking the dog – and makes snatching them quickly out of your handbag super easy!
Looking to stock up on Key Fob Supplies?
Get you hands on these 1in Key Fob hardware tabs with ring £3.74 for set of 20 from StefanelBeadwork
Fastening your key fobs needn’t be a stress with these rubber tipped pilers £8.68 from Everything Ribbons
Hey! While your busy making your keys all fancy, check out this quick and easy Colour Pop Custom Key project!
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Many thanks to all the companies that supported The Vilene Sewing Club workshops with materials and supplies –
Be sure to check for the next workshop project how-to guide!