Key Fobs – NO SEW!

August 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM 7 comments

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NO SEW Key Fobs!

Please forgive me for the photo quality! It was a hurried, last minute, running out of the house kind of day. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need for the “no-sew” version:

1.  9 inches of the following items:

  • 1¼” Wide Webbing (the stuff you make a belt out of)
  • ⅞” Wide Grosgrain Ribbon (Here’s a chance to show your style!)
  • ½” Wide Fusible Hem Tape

2.  A lighter or Seam Sealant

3.  Sharp Scissors

4.  Hot Iron on Medium/Wool and Ironing board

5.  Mini Glue Dots

6.  1-1¼” Key Fob Clamp

7.  1-1″Split Ring Key Ring

8.  Rubber Mallet

Here we go: “No-Sew” (Time = 10 minutes, or less)

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.

Cut a 9″ piece of fusible hem tape.

Center and layer the 3 pieces. (The rough side of the hem tape should be facing the webbing.)

Slowly, and carefully PRESS the 3 layers together. If you IRON the layers, you risk moving things around which means you won’t be happy with the end result and you could gunk up your iron with the hem tape.

Fold the piece in half. The warm webbing will fold over very easily.


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. (Flat faced pliers would probably work, too.)


Attach the split ring and you are done!

What can we use key fobs for?

  • Easy Visual and Tactile Identification of:
    • Your Keys
    • Neighbor’s/Friend’s Key
    • Suitcase Identifier
    • USB Drive Holder (That would make it harder to lose!)
    • Badge Holder
    • Notion Identifier (Never lose those scissors again! You might need to use a binder ring rather than a split ring, though.)
  • School Colors to accent Backpacks
  • Teacher Gifts
  • Diaper Bag Zipper Pull
  • Themed Party Favors

Besides personal use, what could (or would) you use a key fob for?

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