Custom key fobs are a great way to accessorise quickly and easily, and they make wonderful gifts. Buying them, however, can become expensive. With some basic sewing knowledge and a few sewing supplies, you can make your own custom key fobs in a variety of colours, and you can use fabric that coordinates with your outfit or handbag. These key fobs are simple and fast to make.
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Things you need
- 100% cotton webbing
- Key fob hardware piece with teeth
- Key fob hardware ring
- Fusible fabric webbing, smaller than one inch wide, such as Stitch-Witchery
- Clear nail polish
- Coordinating thread
- Steam iron
- Piece of fabric such as flannel
Purchase your cotton webbing and key fob hardware. The ideal size for both of these is 1 1/4 inches wide; however, both the webbing and key fob hardware are made in a variety of sizes. No matter which size you choose, make sure both the hardware and the webbing are the same width.
Cut a 10-inch section of your cotton webbing and set it to the side. Cut your fabric into a piece that is 10 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut a 10-inch long piece of fusible fabric webbing.
Fold over each long edge of your fabric 1/4 inch toward the wrong side. Iron the folds into place.
Center the fusible fabric webbing lengthwise on one side of the webbing. Place the fabric piece over the fusible fabric webbing and centre lengthwise on the webbing. The fabric should have equal amounts of webbing showing on each long side. Fuse the fabric into place by placing a hot steam iron over the fabric for 15 seconds. Let cool for one minute.
Sew the fabric into place on the webbing by stitching the fabric with a straight seam and a seam allowance 1/8 inch inside each folded long edge of the fabric. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seams to lock the stitches into place.
Seal the raw edges of your key fob. Use clear nail polish and paint it generously over each short edge of the cotton webbing and fabric. Let the nail polish dry for at least one hour.
Fold your key fob in half lengthwise so the short edges line up at the top. Center the open key fob hardware over the short edges and place the short edges completely inside the key fob so that the edges line up with the inner centre seam of the hardware. Wrap a piece of soft cloth, such as flannel, around the key fob hardware, being careful to keep the hardware and webbing in place.
Press down on the centre of the key fob hardware with the pliers so that the teeth of the hardware sink into the fabric and webbing. Press the pliers down on each side of the hardware so that the entire hardware piece lays flat with all teeth secured tightly into the fabric and webbing.
Install the ring on the key fob hardware.