Thursday, December 16, 2010

easy last minute gift - key fob

I am have made some key fobs in the past and even gave many away. I still have pieces of the key fob hardware stored away. You can buy it on ebay pretty inexpensively. Well, I realized on Tuesday that I still needed a few teacher, visiting teaching, and bus driver gifts this week. It was time to make some more key fobs, but just a bit differently than the last time.
I cut out a piece of 5"wide X 11"long fabric and then another piece of extra stiff stabilizer of the same size. I ironed the stabilizer on the back of the fabric. Then, I ironed the fabric in half lengthwise. I opened it back up and then folded each end in to meet that folded line in the middle. Lastly, I folded it in half so it was a nice folded 1 1/4" strip (the correct width of the fob hardware). I sewed a top stitch (1/4" from the edges) down each side and then attached the key fob hardware and key ring. Viola - a quick, yet cute and usefull gift to give.
I made one of these for myself last spring and it is still holding up. I love the stiffness of the stabilizer because it makes it like a loose cuff around your wrist - making it easy to hang on to my keys. I made all of these with Amy Butler's Love fabrics.

8 comments:

AMKreations said...

I love key fobs too! They're a great asset to any lady's wardrobe. =)

Kim's Treasures said...

I love these! Thank you for the directions!

NotAppealing said...

Yes! I was the lucky recipient of the adorable green rick-rack on white-dotted-pink key fob and I still have and love it!!! Thanks again!

Donna said...

I am just curious what kind of super stiff stabilizer you used? These are just tooo fun and, people love them!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

These are great... You gave me one for Christmas last year and you know I did not realise until now that you had made it! I love it... we have our laundry door keys hanging on it. I love them because the keys are so easy to see when they are in the door which always prevents me from closing the door of an evening with the keys still in the lock!

Karyn

Releases by Rufydoof said...

These would look cute in some Mary Engelbreit fabric!!!

andriani retno said...

ohhh so cute..
and i love the fabrics :)) so pretty

Meg said...

Thanks for the directions! I have always used the webbing and tried to make one like this- it worked, but this helps! Can't wait to make a new one for myself!