How to create a key fob
- 25mm / 1 inch Key Fob and Split Ring
- 30cm / 12" x 10 cm / 4" of quilting weight cotton, linen, medium weight fabric -
- #Optional: for extra sturdiness and feel, have a 25mm / 1" x 28cm / 11" strip of fleece ready for step 3 - our tutorial doesn't include the fleece for the purpose of photography.
- A hammer and fabric coaster/fleeced fabric off cut to protect the fob from the hammer edge
Start with a rectangle of material
30cm / 12" long x 10cm / 4" wide
- With Wrong side facing up, fold in half lengthways, press to create a centre crease
- Fold each long edge in to meet the centre crease and press
3. Open out to reveal a segmented rectangle.
#Optional: If you are using your fleece for extra body, attach it lengthways to one of the middle segments, iron in place.
4. Fold your short ends in 1 cm to create a neat edge.
5.With the short ends still folded in, fold the long edges in to meet the centre crease.
6. Fold once more to enclose the raw edges and pin to hold in place. You will now have a very neat looking rectangle that is 28cm long x 2.5cm wide – ready to become a Key Fob.
7. Edge stitch 2mm in from the outer edge down both long edges.
8. Fold in half to create a loop and place the open ends into the Fob Grips
9. Place onto some old fleeced fabric and a chopping board (area safe to hammer on)
10. Fold the Fleece over to protect the Fob from the hammer and hit down to secure the ends into the Fob grips
11. Check it’s gripped in well, if not hammer again.
12. Thread on your split ring and you’re done
Tip on closing the Fob: Some of us tend to be a bit heavy with the hammer (I’m one of them!) which can lead to dents in the Fob face. To distribute the load of your hammer blows, place a thin wood coaster over the fob (cork back is best) and then hit down.
There are also many other variations including, using webbing and ribbon, cork and fabric overlay, leather, kraftex, this tutorial gives you the basics, let your imagination do the rest!
Some tips on creating the more popular variations are below for your inspiration.