I am always on the prowl for easy, quick things to make. My guild is having an “In the Bag” swap, where we make something that would be found in a handbag and swap it with partners. I found that making key fobs is quick, super easy, and fun! So here is my tutorial.
This is a wristlet key fob, so you’re making a thin strip of quilted fabric, which is folded over to make a loop.
You will need:
- Scrap fabric, measuring 3 x 11 inches (I raided my scrap basked and found lots of pieces)
- 1 x 11-inch strip of batting (also great use of scraps)
- Pliers, with duct tape to prevent scratching the hardware
- Key fob hardware with split rings (I ordered mine from Amazon, about $9 for a package of 25)
- Sewing machine, iron, thread
Start by trimming your fabric to 3 inches by 11 inches.
Press both the long edges in about a quarter of an inch. I use a generous quarter inch, probably more like 1/3 inch.
Tuck the strip of batting just under the long edge fold you pressed.
Bring the long edges together and press. Line up those long edges as best you can–you want them to match!
The final width of the sandwich should be just over 1″. The key fob hardware is 1.25″ wide, and a 1-inch sandwich seems to fit perfectly after crimping.
Sew the quilt sandwich (no need to pin) with your walking foot, making three seams (sew the matched long edges first).
Get your hardware out.
Fold the little bitty quilt in half long way, and insert the raw ends into the key fob hardware. Make sure both ends are all the way in and the wrist strap is lining up straight from the hardware.
Use your pliers to crimp the fob clamp all the way down. Squeeze as hard as you can, in several directions, to get it very firmly closed.
Add the split ring.
Voila, you’re done! Super easy, super useful, and looks great.
It’s so easy and fun, that I’ve raided my stash and can’t stop making them!!