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How to Make Remove Before Flight Keyrings

Updated April 17, 2017

In commercial and military aviation, small red tags reading "Remove Before Flight" are often attached to items, such as wheel chucks, that must be removed before a plane can take off. Over the years, airline and military employees began to use these distinctive tags as key rings. Their popularity has led to the production of a variety of kinds of Remove Before Flight key rings by a wide range of companies. With the equipment and technique, you can make Remove Before Flight rings at home.

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  1. Enter the words "Remove Before Flight" into a computer embroidery program. The lettering should be approximately 1 inch high and 5 inches wide. To correctly duplicate the original Remove Before Flight tags, use all capital letters in a sans-serif font.

  2. Feed 2-inch wide seat belt webbing into an embroidery machine. To correctly duplicate the original Remove Before Flight tags, use red seat belt webbing.

  3. Run the prepared "Remove Before Flight" embroidery project.

  4. Advance the seat belt webbing a few inches and run the project again.

  5. Cut the seat belt webbing approximately 2 inches from the last embroidered section. You will now have a length of seat belt webbing approximately 14 inches long with the words "Remove Before Flight" printed on it twice.

  6. Cut the webbing in between the two embroidered sections with scissors and set them back-to-back so that the R's in "Remove" are both on the same end.

  7. Press the webbing together and serge the edges with a clean edge using a serger, leaving an approximately 1 1/2-inch wide piece of fabric. To correctly duplicate the original Remove Before Flight tags, use red thread.

  8. Punch a 1/2-inch hole in the end of the fabric between the beginning of "Remove" and the edge of the fabric with a grommet tool.

  9. Set a 1/2-inch grommet in the hole at the end of the keyring with a grommet set and grommet disc using a rubber mallet.

  10. Insert a keyring into the grommet.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Embroidery software
  • Embroidery machine
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Serger
  • Red thread
  • 2-inch red seat belt webbing
  • Grommet tool
  • Grommet set
  • Grommet disc
  • Rubber mallet
  • 1/2-inch grommets

About the Author

Tom Becker
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