It’s easy to lose our keys when they slip to the bottom of your pockets or float around in your bag. Adding a key fob can make them easier to find – and certainly easier to spot when you’re rummaging through your possessions!
Making your own key fob is a very simple sewing project and you’ll be able to make this in an afternoon. This key fob sewing pattern can also make a wonderful gift for a friend or relative (especially if they’re known for losing their keys!).
Read on to find out how to sew a key fob.
The fabrics used are from the Les Petits collection by Amy Sinibaldi.
- Petits Strokes, Midnight.
- Petits Dots, Midnight.
- Petits Stipples, Sky.
- Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
- To embroider your fob, cut your fabric to fit into an embroidery hoop then trim it afterwards.
You Will Need
- Main fabric (7x22cm (2 3/4 x 8 3/4in))
- Iron-on interfacing (7x22cm (2 3/4 x 8 3/4in))
- Clip and key ring fob set (25mm (1in) wide)
- Stranded cotton
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
Embroidering the design
If you want to embroider a name or initials onto your key fob then mark a larger piece of fabric with the 7x22cm (23⁄4 x 83⁄4in) rectangle in the centre.
The embroidery needs to start 3cm (11⁄2in) in from the left short edge and worked centrally within the width.
Trace the letters onto the fabric then backstitch over them using three strands of stranded cotton.
Assembling the key fob
Trim your stitched fabric to 7x22cm (23⁄4 x 83⁄4in), if you’ve embroidered it, then press the interfacing onto the wrong side (WS).
Fold the strip in half lengthways with right sides (RS) facing and stitch together down the length.
Turn RS out and press with the seam in the centre of the back.
Fold the strip in half RS out, matching the raw edges, and stitch together just 5mm (1⁄4in) in from the raw edge to hold.
Put the two ends inside the metal clasp then attach it using pliers.
Place a piece of scrap fabric between the jaws to protect the metal from scratching the key fob to finish.