how to make a key fob...in three easy ways!

In an effort to keep up with my LIST...and to encourage you in some of the same...
here is a super duper easy how to for a sweet little gift that is PERFECT
for teachers, friends, family, bus drivers...basically anyone with keys.
And there are three simple ways to make them...one of which requires NO sewing!
First...choose the method that makes you happy.
Then gather your materials...
1o inches of cotton webbing
10 inches of ribbon or a 10 by 2 1/4in fabric scrap
hardware
pliers
10 inches of your choice of iron on strips
the same width (or a bit smaller) as your ribbon

Everything Ribbons is a great place on Etsy to get a good deal on supplies...
In fact they have generously offered Little Bit Funky readers 10% off of their orders...you have to be sure to mention the Little Bit Funky Blog in the "notes to seller" section when you check out.
Here is how you make the iron on one...
(and try not to be be super jealous of my awesome ironing board cover...okay?)
Lay the iron on strip in the center of your webbing...
paper side up...iron on as per directions on package.
Remove paper...place ribbon directly on top of iron on strip...
Iron ribbon onto the strip...
You CAN stop here and mosey on down to the hardware part...
OR...
Add some cute stitching to the sides.
If you want to skip the iron on part...you can just go right to the stitch on step.
THAT is as easy as lining the ribbon up on the center of the webbing...
and stitching to your hearts content.
Once the ribbon is attached...
fold in half...
lining up the two ends...
insert ends into the open end of the hardware.
Clamp it down with the pliers...nice and tight.
You can put a scrap of fabric between the pliers
and the metal to avoid scratching the metal.
All done.
Almost instant.
Now...if you want to do a fabric one...
fold the 10in by 2 1/4in fabric strip in half....
inside out...
stitch up one side...using 1/4in seam.
Iron flat...
Stitch it on there the way you did the ribbon one.
Cute and easy...you could punch a hole in a gift card
and add to the ring for an all in one gift. :)

AND to get you started...

Everything Ribbons is offering up TWO free kits!!!

TWO readers will each get the following:
3 - key fob hardware (key fob and split rings)
3 - 10” cotton webbing (your choice out of 23 colors)
3 - 10” ribbon heat sealed to prevent from fraying
3 - 10” fusible web adhesive

Yippee!

To enter:
Just leave a comment...telling me how you made it here.

I'm always curious.
I'll choose two winners on Friday!

And for other handmade gift ideas...click on "how to" over in the label cloud on the right. Or here:


Soon I'll have the how to make a wreath tutorial
AND
How to make the cutest advent ever from your baby's socks and clothes!

Stay tuned!

:)



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65 comments:

Angie Mae said...

This is awesome. I went to the store last night to try and find some big key chains because, for some reason, I keep loosing keys. I came home empty handed and now you give this fabulous tutorial. Thanks! I can't wait to get started!

Chrissie Grace said...

Great tutorial.
I love your header, your boys look precious:)

Southerner said...

wow, who knew this was so simple??? Oh, You, huh? Okay, thanks for not being stingy with the knowledge and sharing with us other folks. I will definitely have to try making these.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have been a follower for quite a while now and I am always so impressed!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Super cute project!!

Texas Gal said...

Ooo - I *have* to go buy some of this hardware. I am doing doing Julie's scarves for Christmas gifts -- and this would be the perfect little something extra. Totally going handmade this year -- I LOVE this!

Kelley said...

what a great tutorial! Thanks so much! I love giveaways!

I actually have no idea where I first found your blog, but I love it! I may never comment but I always read it!

Sara said...

How appropriate since I was looking at the hardware last night on etsy and comparing prices...I just might use the 10% now! Thanks! And I'd love to win a few extras!

Sara said...

Oh, and I've been a reader for a long time...I can't remember how I originally found you, probably through a mclinky.

Laura said...

Great tutorial. I have been following your blog for the past several months. You always have the best ideas and blog posts!
Thanks!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Wonderful! thank you so much for showing how to make them, they are so cute and handy!

I don't have a craft today, but stop by and see me if you have a chance.

Dena
Sweetpicklesandchocolate

Molly said...

Oh this is wonderful! I was trying to think of what to make my brother for Christmas since this year I am handmaking everyone's gift! Now I can give him a key fob, now I just need to find some firefighter material for him :) Hope your having a great day chicky!!
~Molly P
Oh and I found your blog via etsy last summer :)

HG said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I've been a follower for a while now, I think your blog was suggested by my google reader. I love your blog!

Michelle said...

I wish I could hug you! I am wanting to make some of these for Christmas and this is perfect!!!

Michelle said...

Oh yeah I found you from Get Your Craft On Party!

April V said...

Love this project! ...and you make it look sooo easy!! LOL

I found you by linking off another blog, but can't for the life of me remember which one it was?! I've always got like 50 tabs pulled up at the same time, so it's hard to keep track! LOL

Thanks for the wonderful blog!

april_vereb@yahoo.com

Kristen said...

great tutorial. i have looked at those and knew i could probably make them... so glad to know I CAN!

i think i found your blog from a link somewhere. i can't remember. i look forward to reading your posts and love all the inspiration i get for crafts, sewing, and cooking.

Simply Sara said...

Great tutorial!
Thanks for sharing it :)

Can't totally remember how I found you....I think it was maybe Joy's Hope. I've been reading your blog in a reader for quite awhile now and love it!
:)

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Too cute, I found your blog from Meg Duerkson (spelling?)at Whatever

Jennipher said...

I found your blog well over a year ago and have been a silent lurker ever since. How embarassing to admit. Ha! I always thought these key chains were harder than they are. I can't wait to make these and use them as stocking stuffers.

MommyBrain said...

Oh my! Love this project ... because ...
A. There's a "no sew" option ... hooray! And my project this week used ribbon and hemming tape, too :)
B. I am about to have my second baby girl (woo hoo) and the fob seems like a great way to keep track of my keys when my hands are already full :)

I am stopping by from Today's Creative Blog ... and I am so glad I found your site. I am now a follower. Can't wait to dig through your archives!

Have a great day :)

mel said...

i've been reading your blog for a couple of months now. i followed a link from meg's blog, whatever.

i'm a sahm/homeschooling mom of two little ones who enjoys crafting. and i love all your adorable ideas! i'm also doing the scarves at julie's blog and think i might have to add these cute little key fobs to go with them! thanks for a cute, easy idea!

Kari said...

I can't even remember where I found you. Just love your blog and fab goodies!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie said...

Holy Moly it's that easy?! Are you sure? I've paid over ten bucks for things like this at craft shows. How fun to see even a non sewer could make some with fusible webbing. They might not be so cute as I won't have stitching but still...

One question, where do you et the key fob hardware? Do you have to order it online?

Oh and I came through Get Your Craft On.

laurmela said...

Hi, I came from 'Today's Creative Blog' I have seen these and wanted to make a few. Maybe this will kick start my creative juices!

Thanks,
Laura

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

Great tute.
I use my as a wrist strap for my little point and shoot camera.
cuteness!

~Mama Skates~ said...

what a great little gift idea! been reading for a long time & can't honestly remember how i stumbled on your blog

joyfullness said...

I have been snooping around in your business for way over a year..
i admire your work ethic...your neverending energy...your sweet heart for the Lord..and all HE has given you freely...
So..i am quietly coming out from under my little pebble...shh.
Love the tute!
Totally making everything by hand this year...these would make great gifts for our teachers...and so quick..not 2,472 steps...sounds beautiful!! I think i hear some angels singing...
Thanks Crystal!
Your secret stalky stalker friend.
Joyfullness

Bryan and Megan said...

I'm here by way of No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane :) Love your crafts!

Jingle said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! These are so fun!

Meagan said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I might try this! I found you through todayscreativeblog.

Ashley Garrett said...

I'm a blog stalker of yours. I can't remember exactly how I found it but I'm going to guess because I was on someone elses and they feature you or they just mentioned how awesome you were and I have been hooked ever since!! Woohoo for the giveaway and I think I may make some of these myself! I'm doing all handmade this year too and I feel like christmas is coming to fast!

Have a great week and I LOVE YOUR HEADER!

-Ashley Garrett

Megan said...

These are great! Perfect gift idea for my sisters. I came her via the Get your craft on. LOVE your blog!!

Amy Bell said...

oh, thank you! i have been wanting to make one of these for myself for a long time...and no sewing! woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

I found your blog because I am an admin and I allowed you to start it. I think I should win. Come on Random number generator!
-the Doug

hollystock said...

Love your new header! cute little boys you have ;)

Your tutorial is great too. Seems like a snap to make them great gifts.
I first found you from April over at jane says. I went to her blog on a whim one day and clicked on your page cuz you seemed pretty cool too. ;) Love both of you girlies blogs and shops ;)

Ben and Taryn said...

I found you through Julie at Joy's Hope. Love the keychain fob idea and have a great first grade teacher to give one to.

Ellen said...

What a clever idea. I found you through Joy's Hope. I don't remember how I found her. I bookmarked you because I love to see all your crafty ideas and I like to read about those boys. I am also a mom to 2 boys. Mine are older and let me tell you the fun never ends. Everyday is an adventure! Can't wait to read about the advent with clothes and socks.

Kathy said...

Okay this project is just too cute!
What a great gift idea -
I found this site through Between Naps on the Porch

Sarah said...

This is so cute. I had the same question as Katie above - is ordering online the only option for getting key fob hardware? Or is there a brick-and-mortar store that would carry that?
I found you through "Today's Creative Blog" and I plan to return. :)

Amy said...

I have seen these everywhere and never knew they were so easy to make!!!! I honestly can't remember how I found you but I'm glad I did because I think I have bought just about one of everything in your store!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Jennifer said...

I found you from Julie's blog at Joy's Hope. I got so much inspiration from checking out your blog that I kept coming back! I participated in your quilt along, I've copied your growth yard sticks, and tried out a few of your recipes (that baked potato soup is going to be this week or next...)

fawnda said...

I love this idea! I am going to make one for myself... is that bad to do around the holidays? : )

I found you from Joy's Hope. and I have been following ever since!

THanks for the tute and the giveaway!

Anne said...

I started following you during the red letter words giveaway!
anne molino at hotmail dot com

Alissa said...

I'm not exactly sure how I found you but I can tell you that your blog is on my google homepage so I see you everyday. I spent about 2 days last week going through and reading all your old posts - back before you knew you were pregnant again!

I would love to make a few of these for some gifts this year. Thanks for the awesome Tut and the discount! It would be even better if I won the giveaway!!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Very cute!

The Larrabees said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial, I really need help with my keys so this is perfect. I found your blog through Today's Creative Blog and will now add you to my list, so I can come back often,

Emily Warren said...

I am super excited to try this, but I can't find the hardware part of it. I went to Michael's but no luck, where did you get yours?

Sandra said...

That's a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
I've been following your blog for a while now via a link from someone else's blog. A bit random but so glad.
I love the new festive header and am looking forward to more Christmas crafts.

Amber said...

What a great little gift idea...now the question is can I really make it? I'd love to give it a try :) I've enjoyed your blog ever since I came across it from a link on Meg's blog (Whatever) over a year ago.

Embellished Bayou said...

This is on my craft to-do list as well, thanks for posting your tutorial! I just visited Everything Ribbons & purchased a starter set of supplies, thank you for sharing that source as well. I found you through Today's Creative Blog, great stuff you have here!

seemommysew said...

Cute....I'm hosting a tutorial contest this month and you could enter this...there are some lovely prizes. :)

Alison said...

Hi there!

I love EVERYTHING RIBBONS! They are the fastest shippers I know and their producss are quality. I found you from another blog...loveisfabulous...but I love your blog so I am going to link to you from me!

So confusing!

I hope I win!

Alison

maggiemoosmom.wordpress.com

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

Love these!!! They are so perky and preppy!
Adorable!
Mama Holli

Petra said...

I don't even remember how I ended up here. I've been following your blog for some time now and love your creativeness. You are truly inspiring!!!!

The Parrotts said...

Well, I follow you...but can't remember anymore how I made it here the first time! I somehow through a reader of Jen @ Buried With Children...the rest is history!

Heather at All A Flutter said...

Soo cute and I love the iron on option!

I came over from Nancy's blog- The Goat and The Kid. You're blog is great. I'd stopped over before, but I'm really loving the new look/content! I'm a follower now.

Christy said...

I'm not sure if I'm too late to enter, but I came over from Today's Creative Blog. I love these key fobs and would love to make some for teachers.
Thanks!
Christy

Casey said...

Hi! I have just found a bunch of new websites, like yours, and I'm not sure how it all works. I love this idea though. I was just wondering if you could tell me where to find the "hardware"? Thank you so much! Your stuff is awesome.

Karen said...

I just love these keyfobs! I just found your website and I love it too. So fun!

Jennifer said...

These are really cute. I can't remember how I found you. I have subscribed to your reader for a while now, though!

Jennifer said...

Um, why don't you just delete that last post of mine? :P Why oh why didn't I look at the date first? The better question is why was this post open in my tabs? The key fobs are still cute, though! :)

Joanne Dreger said...

I googled hardware for key fobs
J.dreger

Joanne Dreger said...

I googled hardware for key fobs
J.dreger

Joanne Dreger said...

I googled hardware for key fobs
J.dreger

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