Wristlet Key Fob Tutorial

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Wristlet key chains are one of my go to projects when I want a quick gift idea or need to use up some fabric scraps.  I have several of these key fobs that I use every day.  I like to keep most of my keys separate so I have a different color for each set of keys.  This makes it quick to identify which set I need.  I often hang them on the door knob so I don’t forget them on my way out!  They are also easy to find in my bag.


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Since they can be made so quickly, they make great gifts.  They are perfect to sell at craft fairs and fundraisers.  I usually make several at a time.  I also have links to many of the supplies I use at the bottom of this post.

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Supplies

  • basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine, etc.)
  • key fob hardware set
  • 1.25″ cotton webbing
  • fabric scraps (I use a 2″ x 12″ piece in this example) or ribbon
  • thread to match webbing
  • thread to match fabric or ribbon (I usually use invisible thread)
  • liquid glue (fray check, liquid stitch or any kind of glue is fine)
  • glue stick
  • bias tape maker, 1″ or 3/4″ (optional)
  • pliers

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1. I like to use a bias tape maker to fold the fabric, but you can just fold the edges of your fabric to the center and press.  In this example, I used the 1″ bias tape maker which only leaves a little webbing showing.  Sometimes I use a 3/4″ tape maker to have more webbing show.  The package instructions give you the width to cut your strip.  You can also use decorative ribbon.

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2. Take your glue stick and run a line down the center of the webbing.  Attach the fabric or ribbon making sure it is straight and evenly in the middle.  The fabric may be longer than the webbing, which is fine.

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3. Sew along the fabric or ribbon about 1/8″ from the edge down both sides.  I use a regular needle and haven’t had any problems, but you can use a heavy duty needle if you are having trouble.  I match the bobbin thread to the webbing.  I usually make LOTS of these at a time so I started using invisible top thread.  I did this so I could move quickly without changing thread.  So I would do all of key fobs with blue webbing at once, etc.  Now I still use it because I like the way it looks especially when using decorative ribbon.  It’s just less noticeable.  Matching thread is perfectly fine too!

4. Once the fabric is sewn on, I like to give each edge a clean cut.

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5. Because it frays so quickly, I like to dip each end in a little glue.  I just put some on a scrap of card board and lightly dip the ends.  School glue, fray check, fabric glue or whatever you have on hand is fine.

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6. Once the glue dries, take the webbing and fold it in half.  Place the ends in the key fob clamp and use pliers to close the clamp.  If you are making a lot of these or making them to sell, I highly recommend the Studio Pro 1″ Wide Rubber Tipped Running Pliers.  They clamp much tighter and don’t damage the hardware.  If you are using regular pliers, place a cloth around the hardware before clamping so you don’t scratch the hardware.

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Just add the key ring and some keys and you are ready to go!

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Happy sewing!

Supplies:

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