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How To Make a Fabric Key Fob

This keychain, also known as a key fob, makes a great handmade gift. The hook makes it easy to add or remove key rings or you can attach it to a bag. You can adjust the measurements to make it the length you prefer. Make it longer if you want to be able to wrap it around your wrist easily, or make it shorter if you want a smaller key chain that’s easy to find in your bag.

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Materials

Key Fob Materials

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Instructions

Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

Measure and cut a 3″ x 14” piece out of each fabric. One will be for the inside and one for the outside of the key fob. Also cut a 3″ x 2 ½” piece of the inner fabric. Then cut a piece of the interfacing that is ¾” x 13.”


Step 2: Sew the pieces

Fold one of the larger pieces of fabric in half lengthwise with right sides facing. With a ½” seam allowance, sew down the long edge. Repeat for the other pieces, but use a ¼” seam allowance for the small piece.

Press the seams open. Attach a safety pin to the end of the pieces and use it to help turn the fabric right side out. Press again.


Step 3: Assemble the pieces

Place the interfacing on the back of one of the long pieces. If you’re using a fusible interfacing, iron to attach it. The interfacing will make the fabric stiffer so it will hold its shape better.

Pin the long pieces together with the seam and interfacing sides on the inside.

Sew down each side with a 1/8” seam allowance, making sure the edges are lined up as you go.

Slide the snap hook onto the strip so that the inner fabric will be on the inside of the loop.

Overlap the ends of the loop about ½” and sew across with a zigzag stitch.


Step 4: Sew the band

Position the seam so it is about 1” up from the bottom when the loop is flattened.

Take the small piece of fabric and wrap it over the seam, around the back, and tuck in the ends at the side.

Sew forwards then backwards along the edges of the band. And that’s it! Just snap on your key ring and keys and you’re good to go.


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Which type of interfacing did you use?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We used Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer.
Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer
Pellon #809 Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer
What are the measurements of the fabric with 1 1/2” hardware for the keychain?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It would be the width times 2, plus 1" for the seam allowance, so 4" wide for the 2 main pieces of fabric and the band.