Making Key Rings

Written by cyndee kromminga
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Making Key Rings
Personalise your keys with a felt key ring charm. (3 llaves image by farflay from

Making key ring charms is a versatile way of using up bits of scrap felt left over from other projects. Felt does not fray or ravel, making it ideal for sewing projects with exposed seams. Key ring charms are quick to create and basic enough for a children's sewing project. Make several as party favours, gift toppers or Christmas sock stuffers. Several of these simple felt key ring charms can be completed in an evening.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1-inch wide bias tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 2 1/2- to 3-inch cookie cutter
  • Marking pen
  • Felt scraps
  • 1-inch split-ring key ring

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  1. 1

    Cut a 3-inch length of 1-inch wide bias tape in a colour that coordinates with the felt you will be using for the key ring. Fold the tape in half, matching the long edges. Press the fold and pin the long edges together. Sew the pinned edge as close to the edge as possible.

  2. 2

    Trace a 2 1/2- to 3-inch cookie cutter shape on a piece of scrap felt material using a marking pen. Cut out the shape.

  3. 3

    Thread the bias tape through a 1-inch split-ring key ring and fold in half. Match the short ends of the tape and pin. The tape becomes the hanging loop for the key ring.

  4. 4

    Place the cut felt shape on your work surface. Lay the pinned ends of the tape 1/2 inch over the top edge of the shape. Re-pin the bias tape ends to the felt. This will now be considered the wrong side of the felt. Sew across the pinned tape 1/4 inch from the edge of the felt shape.

  5. 5

    Place a matching colour of scrap felt on your work surface. Center the felt shape right side up on the scrap felt and pin. The sewn ends of the bias tape will be sandwiched between the felt layers. Sew the shape to the scrap felt as close to the edge of the shape as possible. Sew all the way around the felt shape.

  6. 6

    Cut the scrap felt around the edges of the felt shape. Do not cut off the bias tape loop and key ring.

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