Handmade keychains, or key fobs as we call them in the sewing world, are fun to make and they are great to have in your vendor booth at craft shows. Since I have a few in-person shows coming up I thought I would make some more to add to my stock.
To make a ribbon key fob you need the following:
13″ cotton webbing
13″ grosgrain ribbon
key fob hardware
a lighter to melt the ribbon ends
needle nose pliers
scrap of fabric to protect hardware
Note: melt the ribbon ends first and do not light the flame when using E-6000 glue or while the glue is drying
Melt the ribbon ends to prevent fraying by passing the ribbon ends through the blue part of the flame on a lighter.
Clip the ribbon to the webbing and topstitch down each side.
Spread some E-6000 glue inside the key fob hardware. Fold the webbing in half and put the ends into the glue.
Close the hardware with your fingers and then squeeze it tight with the pliers. Use the fabric scrap to protect the hardware from scratches. Let the glue set and dry and you’re done!
I found this great tutorial through Pinterest and was thrilled because this is such a great way to use scraps. The written instructions in this blog post are great! I also made a video tutorial for my YouTube channel for everyone to have a visual guide as well.
I have way too many scraps as you’ll see in the video so I have a few scrap busting projects planned and in progress.
These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.
I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.
Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.
These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.
You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)
For one bag cut the following:
cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
Here is a fun free video tutorial for how to make an easy Pennant Flag String for reusable eco-friendly birthday party or holiday decor. I made a YouTube video to show you how to make it and you can have this project finished in under an hour.
For this project you will need one yard of fabric for the flags (or four 8 1/2″ strips) and a half yard of fabric for the string. I used a Creative Grids equilateral triangle ruler. You can find one like it at Troll Brothers Quilt Designs here.