Let's learn how to sew a key fob with a bit of leather! Have you ever struggled to keep track of your keys? Do you constantly search through your bag or pockets, only to realize they're right in front of you? It's time to put an end to the key chaos and start using a key fob. Not only will a key fob make it easier to locate your keys, but it can also add a touch of style to your everyday accessories. In this blog post, we'll show you how to sew a key fob with leather. Whether you're an experienced sewer or a beginner looking for a fun project, this step-by-step guide will have you creating personalized key fobs in no time.
These make great gifts. You can use leather like we do here or...this project is a great way to use your favorite fabric scraps. So grab your sewing machine and a piece of fabric and let's get started!
How to Sew a Key Fob | DIY Key Fob With Leather
Wondering where to get some leather to make key fobs? I found mine at Hobby Lobby. I am using a piece of scrap from making the Tiny Toes Shoes. You can also use a scrap of fabric of 1 inch nylon webbing for this project. Just be sure to seal the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.
DIY Key Fob Supplies:
- Scrap of leather 1″x10″
- Keychain Hardware: 1 1/4″ key ring & 1″ swivel clasp
- leather needle (optional, I did not need one, but your machine may be pickier.)
Take your rotary cutter and mat and start cutting your leather to size. Then just make sure you get the right hardware - you can get some simple hardware on Amazon.
Key Fob Tutorial:
Step 1: Take your leather piece and fold it in half with one end extending 1 1/4″ farther than the other. Slip the keyring key fob hardware in place. (Pinning will leave holes in your leather. I recommend using Wonder clips. If you don’t have any, binder clips work well also.)
Step 2: From the right side, sew around the two long sides 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric and 1 5/8″ from the end of the short end opposite of the key ring.
Step 3: Using a zipper foot so that you can get close to the key ring, stitch two rows of topstitching securing the key ring into place.
Step 4: Slip the swivel clasp or key fob clamp onto the other end of the key fob. Fold the extended end with the wrong side of the fabric over the edge of the shorter end securing the clasp. The folded piece should measure approx 1″ long.
Step 5: From the right side, use your zipper foot and stitch two rows of stitching securing the hardware clasp into place.
Step 6: From the right side, straight stitch the end of the extended piece into place using the regular foot on your machine.
And that’s it!! See? Wasn’t the diy key fob fast!!
You could pair this fob with a car wash kit, or a gift certificate to a local detailer or car wash for the hands off dad. Or get the kids involved! Older kids can make a gift certificate good for “One Free Car Wash” and wash dad’s car for him as a Father’s Day gift. A money clip, new wallet or business card holder would also make nice pairings if you want to make a gift set up.Of course, nothing says these are just for dads. I won’t tell if you make one up for yourself just because. 😉 If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy our DIY Lanyard Tutorial.
What kind of fabric is best suited for making a key fob?
We used leather of course, but when making a key fob, it's best to use a sturdy and durable fabric that can withstand frequent use and handling. Materials such as cotton webbing, nylon webbing, or heavy-duty canvas are commonly used to ensure the key fob is strong and long-lasting.
Thank you for joining us today to learn how to sew a key fob. Sewing your own key fob can be a fun and rewarding project, especially when using leather. Not only does it provide a stylish and personalized accessory for your keys, but it also allows you to showcase your creativity and craftsmanship. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can create a unique key fob that reflects your individual style. So grab your sewing supplies and start stitching! With a little bit of practice and patience, you'll have a beautiful handmade key fob in no time.
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