SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains
Today we are lucky enough to have Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional.  She is super talneted and has alot of super-duper tutorials.  I just recently realized we live only a few hours apart and have now made it my goal in life to meet up some day SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains
I can’t wait to make some of these and use them as gift toppers!
SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

I think I may be in love with these adorable little key chains. So much in love that I made a bunch with no plans for them. After all, I don’t need 7 key chains…but I have friends and family who do! Whether they know that or not. lol.

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

By the way, my name is Jess, and I blog over on Craftiness is not Optional, where I love to sew and craft up a storm! I have two adorable daughters, Sadie and Charlotte-and an awesome hubby who puts up with patiently supports my crafting/sewing impulses. I especially love sewing children’s clothing and hoarding fabric. SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

Anyways, thanks so much to Susan for asking me to participate in her Scrap Your Stash series, I love using up scraps in fun ways, so it was so fun for me to think up a new project!

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

These little key chains are perfect for showcasing your favorite scrap of fabric, or embellishing with button flowers, felt monograms, or whatever you can dream up!

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

Here’s the how to!

You’ll need:
*fabric scraps
*medium weight iron on interfacing
*small piece of Pellon Peltex one sided iron-on interfacing. This stuff is really stiff and is almost like cardboard but you can sew right through it. It’s awesome! I get mine when the interfacing at Joann’s goes on sale, but you really only need a tiny bit so it shouldn’t break the bank.
*twill tape or grosgrain ribbon
*key ring (you can get these on etsy, or re-use an old key ring from an unwanted key chain)
*pinking shears
*buttons, felt, for embellishing
*thread, sewing stuff

*something to make a pattern with, I traced a few of the round things in my sewing room to get some different shapes, and sketched out the oval.

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So, first off decide what scraps you’d like to use, and iron on the medium interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

(that white piece is the Peltex)

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

If you’re going to do an applique or buttons, trace around your pattern onto the right side of the fabric so that you know how to place it.

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

I added a quick appliqued C to this one (cruddiest applique sewing job ever though, lol)

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Then I ironed on the Peltex to the wrong side of my fabric according to the directions. (there’s a shiny side, which is the side that should be ironed on the wrong side of the fabric. I placed it down, covered it with a pressing cloth, and pressed with my iron for about 10-15 seconds.) Make sure you iron it to the side you want to be the “front” of your key chain.

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

Then cut it out, along with the back of your key chain.

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

Place wrong sides together, and place two pins about 1″ or so apart on the bottom.

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Sew from pin to pin, around the circle, about 1/4″ away from the edge.

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Then trim the edges all the way around with pinking shears.

SYS~ Whimsical Key Chains

Cut a piece of your twill tape or ribbon about 2″ long. (ignore the fact that this piece is longer, 2″ works better!)

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Fold it over your key ring, insert into the opening on the bottom of your key chain, and sew the opening closed, back stitching at the beginning and end.

Trim threads, and you’re done! Make a ton more for friends and family!

You can also sew up a fabric loop to match, but those were a bit bulky and I found that the twill tape was a lot easier to sew and made them a lot quicker to make also!

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Hope you enjoyed them! Come visit me over on Craftiness is not Optional for more fun projects! (and lots of kids clothes, I am obsessed!) See you later!

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Thanks Jess!
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  1. says

    Thanks everyone! @Sweeter Hours-mine don’t have a name brand but are purple and black and work great! Sorry I don’t have more info. :)


  2. says

    These are too and seem simple to make..I am going to try this out..come check out my site …I am new in this so bare with my site lol
    THanks Abby

  3. says

    These look like fun Christmas gifts. :)
    Your applique letters really don’t look bad! I might attempt some of my own. Did you just cut out the letters and sew them on top? There’s nothing special that I’m missing, right?

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