Tutorial Tuesday

August 29, 2011 at 8:01 PM 13 comments


You CAN Sew: Key Fobs!

You CAN Sew a custom key fob!

A key fob is essentially connotative of the fabric webbing style key chain. When you hear the term “key fob,” your mind has been conditioned to conjure up a short, thick, doubled-over strap connected to a key ring. These trendy key chains can be incredibly fun, useful, and they are very simple to create. There are two basic methods: sew and no-sew.

If you’d prefer to sew your key fob, you’ll need:

1.  9 inches of the following items:

  • 1¼” Wide Webbing (the stuff you make a belt out of)
  • ⅞” Wide Grosgrain Ribbon

2.  A lighter or Seam Sealant

3.  Sharp Scissors

4.  Satin Pins

5.  Sewing Machine and complementary top thread (or embroidery hand sewing needle and doubled thread for a running stitch)

6.  Mini Glue Dots

7.  1-1¼” Key Fob Clamp

8.  1-1″(or larger)Split Ring Key Ring

9.  Rubber Mallet (for soft, non-marring pressure)

Here we go: You CAN Sew! (Time = about 10 minutes)

Cut a 9″ piece of webbing and seal the ends. You can seal them with liquid seam sealant (just wait for them to dry before moving on), or you can melt them with a quick pass of the lighter along the raw edges.

Repeat this process with the accent ribbon.

Layer and center the two pieces. Pin them together.

Using a straight stitch with about 5-8 spi (stitches per inch), sew along the two side edges of the top ribbon. Remember to lock your seams. (Alternately, you can hand sew using a simple running stitch. Try to keep your stitches consistent.)

Fold the piece in half. 

Where the two ends meet, place 2 mini glue dots between the pieces to help hold them together for the next step. Then, place 2 more mini glue dots at the same end on one of the sides. This will help hold the piece in the fob hardware while you are pinching it closed.

Place the fob hardware over the raw end of the webbing piece, and press the glue dots to the metal.

Using a solid surface, press the mallet down on the top of the fob clasp in order to pinch it closed. You may or may not find that you need a light pound or two of the mallet to tighten the hold.

Attach the split ring and you are done!


Entry filed under: Handmade, Sewing, Simple.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer Juniper  |  August 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    I received a fob like this for Christmas last year and always thought about learning how to make them myself 🙂 Thanks!

    • 2. modestmomma  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:21 PM

      Thank you so much for hopping over here!

  • 3. Kim  |  August 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I have been wanting to make myself one of these and feel better able to after reading this. I’d love for you to pop back over today or tomorrow and link this up with So Sweet Sundays! 🙂

    • 4. modestmomma  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Kim – thank you for the visit, kind words, and the invite!

  • 5. Kristin  |  August 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Great tutorial! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it!

    • 6. modestmomma  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM

      Kristin – Thanks for hopping over here! It really means a lot to me!

  • 7. Gail Burton Purath  |  August 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    These are cute, and your instructions good enough for a basic sewer like me! Gail (Bible Love Notes)

    • 8. modestmomma  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Gail – thanks for coming to visit! I appreciate your comments, too!

  • 9. Lisa  |  August 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Cool! Now where’s the no-sew method for people like me? 😉

  • 11. Jordan (Wayward Girls' Crafts)  |  September 1, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    My sister-in-law made one of these for me and the other SILs a few Christmases ago. It seems a little mundane on the surface, but I’ve used it almost every day since!

  • 12. Athena Nagel  |  September 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Great tutorial – thanks for sharing at http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com.

  • 13. Daisy Escobosa  |  September 29, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Thank you so much for the Amish bread recipe. I really like your blog, this is such a great tutorial! New follower 🙂


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