Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No-sew key fobs tutorial

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So you want a key fob of your own but don’t want to sew or don’t know how to sew?  You can totally still do it!  Find out how with these easy to follow instructions!

I love those little fabric key fobs that you see on Etsy and elsewhere.  I also like making things myself.  You can make one, too, without having to lug out your sewing machine.

Materials needed:
  • Fabric
  • Stitch Witchery (or other iron-on adhesive)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Metal key fob thingy

The metal key fob hardware I used came in a few different sizes.  Measure the width of yours if you don’t already know and cut out a piece of fabric 4xs that width and around 12 inches long.  So if your hardware is 1/2" wide, then you’ll want to cut the fabric out at 2 inches wide.  Make sense? 
Now fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and make a crease with your iron, then open back up and fold the edges in to meet in the middle.  Then press again.  Blow on your fabric in between pressing so you won’t burn your fingers!  Yikes!

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It might be hard to see right away in the picture above, but add a strip of Stitch Witchery the same length as your fabric to the underneath each of those two flaps you just pressed in.  Then press with your iron again to melt the glue.

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Now on one edge, lay another strip of your adhesive and fold the fabric lengthwise again.  Now you have a strip of fabric with no raw edges showing (except for the ends.)

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Make the two unfinished ends meet together.  This is where you will place the hardware.  The hardware I have only requires you to pinch.  I’ve never used the other kind, although I would like to because I think they look better, so I’m not sure how those are closed.  Just be sure to read the instructions that may have come with your particular hardware.

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The hardware is now attached and ready to hold on to your keys! ;)


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Wasn’t that easy?  Very basic.  You could dress these up countless ways, but sometimes I like to keep things simple.
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  1. Oh this is great. I bought a ton of the hardware, but my mom refused to sew all of the fabric for me! ;-P NOW I can do it for myself!

  2. Oh I'm so glad my tutorial helped!!

  3. Can I ask where you purchased your fabric? I am in love with it! Thanks, Stephanie

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    2. Ok Stephanie, I finally found it! The collection is called "The Emperor's Garden" by Maywood Studio. I have a few fabric bundles that I can list in my Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing them. Keep an eye out for it. I'll try to get it up for you today.

  4. Hi Yvette! LOVE your tutorial!
    Where did you find the metal key fob thingys??
    We looked at Michael's and JoAnn's but couldn't find them there....

  5. Hi Joanne, my sister bought those for me from but you can also find them on Etsy. If you look on Etsy, be sure to search for them under "supplies" and not "handmade". I'm so glad you liked the tutorial!

  6. Super fabulous blog post! I linked you on my pin blog,, and used your materials pic as the link :) Thanks again for teaching us all how to make these!


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