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Key Fob Tutorial

key fob rowsI’m sure you all have seen key fobs.  They are those cool wrist straps you attach your keys to.  Do you know how easy and inexpensive they are to make?

I will show you in just a sec…

I buy the webbing and key fob hardware from sellers on Etsy.  That is the only place I have ever seen supplies.  (Which is perfectly ok ‘cuz I love Etsy!)  The fabric used is simple cotton/quilter’s fabric.  You could use ribbon as well, but I prefer fabric.

FYI – they make fabulous Christmas gifts for teachers, school faculty and bus drivers.  You can use them as stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or even an attach one to a bow on top of a present.  (I have made the ones below to sell at a Christmas open house a friend is having.)

webbing cutting2
Cut the webbing 10 inches
10 inch strip
Cuts strips of cotton fabric 2 inches wide by 10 inches long
iron in half
Fold in half and press with an iron lightly to make a crease.
folding edges
Unfold and bring both side to the center crease. Iron flat.
stitch witch
Stitch Witchery
stitch witch 2
Tear or cut Stitch Witchery the length of webbing.
ironing fabric to strap
Place fabric strip (folded side down) on top of Stitch Witchery and iron.
sewing fabric
Sew a straight line down each side of the fabric about 1/8 inch in for the side of the fabric.  I used clear thread so I didn’t have to keep switching thread color.
fray check
Fold the key fob in half and sew the short end together. This doesn’t need to be all the way across, just enough to hold it together.
I use Fray Check on the ends of the webbing and the fabric and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the key fob. Not a necessary step, but it prevents the material from fraying.
pliers
Use pliers to pinch the key fob hardware shut. Make sure you wrap a towel or some sort of material around the pliers or around the end of the key fob to prevent scratches or dents.
key fob finished sample
The finished product.
key fobs circle
All of these, and then some, were made for around $25.00.  😀
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9 thoughts on “Key Fob Tutorial”

    1. I used a normal needle and general thread. I didn’t have to change anything to sew through the material. I did, however, lengthen the stitch a bit. I believed I move the setting from a 2.5 to a 3.5. Hope that helps!

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