If you liked my soft+embroidered keychains, you probably would like to make one for yourself instead of buying it.
So I decided to collect in a (sort of) tutorial all the photos I've taken while making the blue deer keychain.
It's a super easy and short project:
- you don't have to use an embroidered front panel if you can't embroidery: you can simply sew together two squares of fabric of your choice
- you can make these keychains even if you don't own a sewing machine: you can sew by hands, it will take short time because they are very small
This projects is for beginners, too! You don't need complex sewing skills, but only a few basic notions!
Make with me a soft stuffed keychain!
WHAT DO YOU NEED
- two fabric squares (one of them is embroidered, if you want) - cm 6,5 x 6,5 (approx. in. 2.5x2.5)
- sewing thread
- cord (mine is recycled) - cm 8 long (approx. in. 3.5)
- pins and needles
- stuffing fibers (I use polyfill, synthetic)
- fliseline or other kinds of fusible interfacing (optional)
OPTIONAL: STRENGHTEN YOUR FABRIC WITH FLISELINE
If your fabric is lightweight, my suggestion is to strenghten it by ironing on the back a thin sheet of fliseline. It will help also your embroidery to stay in its place. I usually do it for all the embroidery projects I want to sew.
This is an optional step. You can jump it if your fabric is strong enough.
ARRANGE THE CORD
Fold the cord in two and fix the extremities with some hand-stitches.
Then place it on the half point of the top side and fix with a little seam near the perimeter.
SEW THE KEYCHAIN
Place your fabric squares, fix with pins and sew.
Don't forget to leave a little segment open!
My suggestion is to make rounded corners: they come out better when you stuff squares or rectangles.
Drawing a sewing line can help in making a precise seam, expecially when the thing you are sewing is small.
Be carefull! Don't sew the cord!
TURN INSIDE OUT AND STUFF
The cord, hidden inside, will help you in turning the square inside out.
A scissor or a pen is helpful for pushing out the corners and the sides.
When the shape satisfies you, stuff the square with a good amount of stuffing fibers.
CLOSE THE HOLE
With some invisible stitches, made by hands, close the hole.
Invisible stitches are not difficult; they are called "blind stitches", too.
You can find lot of tutorials on line: here a good one!
This is how your stuffed square will look:
Add a metallic ring and your keys! :)
Your keychain is finished!
And now that you know how to make a stuffed keychain... dont' stop!
You can make others for you friends and relatives (or buy mine in my shop).
Let me know if this tutorial is useful! Your feedback is important to me.
If you have realized a stuffed keychain following my instructions, leave a link in the comments, so I can see it! :)