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CraftSanity On TV: Handmade Key Fobs To Help You Keep Track Of Your Keys In Style

If I had all the time back that I’ve wasted looking for my keys, I’d have sooooo much extra time. Seriously.

Thankfully I’ve found a handmade way to decrease the number of times I lose my keys. After a particularly annoying key misplacement, I bought a key fob like the one above as an impulse buy at the local art market a couple years ago. And let me tell you that little fob changed my life. The purchase was the equivalent of a $5 dip in the fountain of youth because I stopped acting like I was 100 every day and started retrieving my keys from my overstuffed bag at record speed.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have my occasional early onset senior moments, but having a big loop attached to my keys has really helped.

But after two years of daily use, that fob I bought was looking a little sad. So after spotting the metal hardware in an affordable (less than $5) four-pack at Lakeshore Sewing in Wyoming, Mich. I decided to whip up some new fobs for today’s “Take Five” craft segment. Read on for directions and please let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial. (The video clip will be added later.)

Supplies:
9.5 inch piece of 1 1/4″ wide cotton webbing (If you buy a yard, you can squeak three fobs out of it.)
Cotton fabric scrap in fun print measuring 1 3/4″ wide by 10 1/2″ long.
Lightweight, double-sided fusible interfacing measuring 1 1/4″ by 10 1/2″
Super Glue or other strong glue
Metal fob hardware (Check your local sewing or craft store.)
Rubber mallet
Sewing machine and iron

Instructions:
1) Press the cotton fabric strip in half lengthwise and unfold. Then fold top and bottom edge lengthwise to meet the center crease you just pressed. Press a 10 1/2  strip of lightweight, double-sided interfacing to the back of the fabric strip for added stability. (Note the world will not end if you skip the interfacing. This will just give your fob a little more stability.)

2) Center the fabric strip on the cotton webbing, folding the fabric around the webbing on the short ends. If you decided to use double-sided interfacing, iron the fabric strip to the webbing now. This will keep the fabric strip in place without pins which is nice. Sew around the entire fabric strip to secure.

3) Fold this sewn piece in half with right sides facing out and sandwich the raw ends between the fob clamp. Pound closed with a rubber mallet.

4) For added stability, add a few drops of Super Glue to top raw edges of fabric clamped between the metal piece. (This is optional.)

5) Add your key ring, attach your keys and enjoy a little more order in your life. : )

Comments

Comment from April Hunt
Time: August 7, 2010, 1:28 pm

Woah. Thank you for sharing this, as I’ve been WANTING to make one of these but never got around to trying to figure it out! Now to find the time to do it. Oh well. At least the pattern part is covered. :)

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Time: August 8, 2010, 9:48 am

[...] Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood from Craft Sanity shows how to make a keyfob.  It’s made from cotton webbing and some decorative fabric.  You can get the keyfob hardware at your local craft or fabric store.  Go to the tutorial. [...]

Comment from Anne
Time: August 8, 2010, 9:50 am

Great project!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-keyfob/2010/08/08/
–Anne

Comment from Michelle Cummings
Time: August 8, 2010, 11:21 pm

great idea! thanks for the demo!

Comment from SkyLeanne
Time: August 11, 2010, 12:41 am

My husband is constantly irked with how often I lose things, at least with this project I can HOPEFULLY keep track of my keys better…we both thank you!

Comment from Anne
Time: August 11, 2010, 3:31 pm

Great thing! And you are great on TV. :-)

Comment from bernetta watkins
Time: October 22, 2010, 8:59 pm

WERE CAN I FIND THE KEY FOBS WHOLESALE IF YOU KNOW LET ME KNOW.

Comment from Sue
Time: November 24, 2010, 1:06 pm

I love this so much, you can’t even know. I have a lot of cotton webbing and have been wanting to do something with it. I am so excited. Thanks for the tutorial.

Comment from Monica
Time: November 25, 2010, 10:58 pm

What kind of needle to you use?

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Time: December 26, 2010, 11:39 am

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Comment from Chris
Time: September 16, 2011, 2:28 pm

I wasn’t able to find the hardware at any of my craft store, but did find it $.39 a set here: everythingribbons.etsy.com. I hope this helps.

Comment from Ellen
Time: December 6, 2011, 2:03 pm

Love these – I made a bunch and they are so popular I had to make more. I will be giving a bunch out as Christmas presents.
Thanks!

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 6, 2011, 3:16 pm

Hi Ellen. So glad you found the tutorial helpful. I use my key fob every day. LOVE it! I need to whip up a new batch, too. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers, Jennifer

Comment from Stephanie in Kazoo, MI
Time: February 17, 2013, 3:59 pm

Hi Jennifer, thanks for the great tutorial. I just used it to make key fobs to go with some awesome purses I’m making. I’ll be linking to this from my blog when I blog the bags! I’ll drop you a note when I do. Hope all is well! –Stephanie

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