Ruffled Key Fob Tutorial

December 21, 2010

So, I am frantically finishing up some last minute gifts… how bout you, my friends?  I thought I’d throw together a quick… and I mean this was quick, so be kind… tutorial for ya’ll to throw into some stockings or pass to your friends and such.  Last year I made some key fobs for everyone, but this year I wanted to spice some things up a bit.

Cute, yeah?

Here’s how I did it.

You will need:

one main piece of fabric 12″ x 4″

One piece of interfacing 12″ x 4″ … I used a medium weight fusible interfacing and it was a fab result.

Also, one piece of contrasting fabric for your cute ruffle 3/4″ x 24″

thread and other sewing stuffs

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your main piece and press in half length wise.

Next fold each long side in towards the middle and press.

Grab some matching (or fairly matching in my case) thread and sew down each long side using a 1/8″ top stitch

Now, take your ruffle piece and using a narrow and long zig zag stitch, stitch down each long edge to keep the piece from over fraying.  I like the look of a little fraying, but not tons.  If you want less, you could also serge the edges (lucky you if you have one!) or use some sort of no fray stuff.  Here’s the setting on my machine that I used for this.

This is what it will look like

You could also use a tighter zig zag closer to the edge to limit fraying as well.

Next, using a long basting stitch (5 on my machine) stitch down the middle of the ruffle piece.  Be sure to leave long tails of thread at the beginning and end.  Do not backstitch over this.

Now, pulling the top threads on each end, create a ruffle that will fit the size of your key fob.  Then even out the ruffles and pin it to the middle of the key fob.

Sew this down the middle attaching it to the key fob.

Now, fold the key fob, short sides together with the ruffle on the inside, slip on the D ring (I forgot that the first time and so we did some fancy seam ripping super quick!) and stitch this closed using a 1/4″ or so top stitch.

Now turn the ruffle side out and slide the D ring up towards the stitched side.  Like so…

Now, stitch this as close to the D ring as you can.  I used my zipper foot in fact. Worked like a charm!

See!!  Super quick, super easy, and super cute!  Go make tons for all the cute girls you know.

I’m going to TRY to do a post tomorrow to let you in on all the other quick easy gifts I’m doing… you know, links and such.

Ta for now!

5 Responses to Ruffled Key Fob Tutorial

  1. Goodie Bag Swap – Kandra Young on June 6, 2011 at 3:18 am

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  2. barbara wilson on January 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This is a very good tutorial. Very plain and easy to follow. I will make several of these for gifts. Thank you.

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  4. Margo on December 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for the Tutorial… I have been wanting to make some of these and now I have the know how!! Have a great holiday season!! :O)

    • dixiemango on December 25, 2010 at 2:45 am

      You’re so welcomed. Please share if you make some!

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