Sunday 26 June 2011

Purse/Bag Key Fob Tutorial

To make a Purse/Bag key fob, 

You will need:
lobster clip
fob strap fabric- decor/canvas weight is good 2 1/4 inches x 8 inches
Heavy interfacing- sew in or fusible 5/8 inch x 7 inches
Usual sewing supplies
Zipper foot and standard foot on your machine

1.  Bring the long raw edges together and press down the fold.  Open out.
2.   Bring the  long raw edges in by 1/2 inch on each side and press.  There will be a little gap between them- see pic 2.

3.  Slide interfacing in so it sits along the fold on one of the long edges.  Press if fusible, if it is sew in it should stay in place with the fold.

4.  Fold over along long length and topstitch with a long stitch close to each long edge.
5.  From the bottom of the fob strap, measure 5/8 and press to leave a fold.  Repeat but this time 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the fob strap.  There should be 2 folds.  Thread on the d ring of the lobster clip to the higher fold and tuck the strap in along the 5/8 fold. 

Using a zipper foot (and you can also move your needle position using your stitch width setting if that helps too), stitch close to the D ring and at the fold.  The folded side is now the back and wrong side of the fob.

With the right side facing up Attach the top of the fob into the seam allowance of the lining of the bag.  It will be secured when the lining and the outer bag are joined together.

Your keys are now safe!

Any problems, email me and I will do my best to help!


  1. This has inspired me to make something to replace the scanky lanyard I have to wear my pass on at work...hmmm thinking cap on x

  2. Thanks for this tutorial - i have just downloaded this pattern and will definitely be adding this key fob in when I make my 241 bag!

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 Jun 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Thanks, Kerry. I'm definitely adding this to my Weekender Bag. I'm to the lining portion of construction so this tutorial came at just the perfect time.


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