Key rings are one of those items you cannot do without; however, just because they are necessary does not mean they cannot be attractive. If you enjoy making creative and functional accessories, consider making key rings out of small lengths of grosgrain ribbon. Grosgrain ribbon is ideal for a ribbon key ring because it is a sturdy weight and comes in a variety of widths, colours and patterns.
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Things you need
- Grosgrain ribbon (1-inch width)
- D-ring (1-inch width)
- Split ring
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
Select your grosgrain ribbon. Choose a ribbon that matches some of your other accessories or select ribbon that just appeals to you with its colours or patterns.
Cut a 9-inch length of the ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in half and iron the fold to crease it. Open out the length of ribbon again and fold each end in to the crease. Iron the two folds you just made. Now fold the folded ribbon in half again and press the ribbon again. This folding technique creates a folded ribbon without any raw edges visible anywhere.
Slip the D-ring onto the folded ribbon between the two layers of folded ribbon and slide it all the way down to the fold at the other end of the ribbon.
Place the folded ribbon into the sewing machine and stitch across the end of the ribbon approximately ½ inch away from the D-ring to hold it in place at the end of the folded ribbon.
Stitch along the long edges of the folded ribbon approximately 1/8-inch away from each edge. Stitch the other short edge of the ribbon together approximately ¼ inch away from this edge.
Clip your threads and then insert the split ring onto the D-ring to complete the key ring.
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