Monday, July 23, 2012

{SIG} Key Fob Tutorial

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Andrea here again with part 2 of our Millie Tote tutorial series!

If you missed the tutorial for the Millie Tote, you can find it here.

This week I will be showing you how to make
a key fob to coordinate with your new Millie Tote.


Our Millie Tote design includes an interior d-ring strap,
so we will be creating the key fob to clip onto it!
(Click on any pic to enlarge.)


First, gather your materials:

~ 2 coordinating pieces of fabric (2.5" x 13")
~ 1 coordinating piece of fabric (2.5" x 3.5")
OR 1 piece of ribbon (3.5" long & at least 3/4" wide)
~ Stitch Witchery (not pictured)
~ 1 purse strap clip (can be found at Joann's)
Optional:
~ 1 jump ring (key ring)


Now that we have everthing we need, let's get to it!

Grab your 3 fabric pieces and head to your sewing machine.
If you are using ribbon instead of the small piece of fabric,
you will now only be working with the 2 main pieces.
Each piece will be folded in half longways
(right sides together)
and sewn together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
It is important that the 2 long pieces be sewn as identically as possible.
They will need to be the exact same width once finished.
Pay attention to which side you are sewing
on the smallest piece as the 2 sides only differ by an inch.
Fold that one in half along the 3.5" side.
After all pieces are stitched,
press open the seams and then,
using a safety pin, turn them all right side out.


Take your messy, sewn strips of fabric back to the ironing board
and press them with the seam in the middle of one side.
This seam will eventually be hidden.
Feel free to use spray starch to get them as smooth and flat as possible.
Your 2 long pieces should be exactly the same width at this point.


Now get out your Stitch Witchery and cut two 13" pieces.
Lay them along the seam side of one of your long fabric pieces.
It is fine if they overlap. 
This step is primarily for holding our pieces in place for stitching.
Lay the other long piece of fabric, seam side DOWN,
on top of the Stitch Witchery.
With your iron, press the entire length of the fabric,
keeping them as aligned as possible, for a few seconds.
Once it has cooled, you should have a sufficient bond
to temporarily hold them together.
Now, back to the machine to stitch along the 2 long sides,
about 1/8" from the edge.


Take your strap clip and slide it onto the long piece of fabric,
making sure that the fabric you are wanting
on the outside is on the same side as the clip.
Overlap the raw ends of the strap 1/4"
and sew with a zig zag stitch for reinforcement.


Align the new seam about 1/2" above the clip.
Grab your small piece of fabric,
fold it in half (seam towards the inside)
and place the fold on one side of the strap's seam.
Fold both ends of the small piece into the other side of the strap
until it is snugly tucked into the strap.

Ribbon option:
If you prefer, you can use coordinating ribbon to wrap around the strap.
Burn the edges of your 3.5" piece of ribbon to keep from fraying.
Place it around the strap in the same way as shown.


Holding it all in place, stitch along the top and bottom of the small piece/ribbon.
Sew along this line a couple of times for reinforcement.


Guess what?
You're all done!

Now admire your handiwork!
Add some keys to that puppy!


Attach it to the d-ring in your awesome new Millie Tote!


YOU are awesome!
That is what you will hear when you make these cool key fobs
for all of your friends and family!


Did I mention that Helen, one of our dear {SIG} customers,
WON this key fob with her Millie Tote purchase?
Check out our Facebook page,
because we will be regularly giving these away with tote purchases!

Next week, in our final tutorial of this series,
we will be creating a simple wallet to coordinate with a Millie Tote.
Hope to see you there!


5 comments:

erdaisy08 said...

Awesome can't wait to try it.

Astrid said...

Would love to see a photo!

Beth Comella said...

Oh I need to make several of these...what a great gift for a 16 year old birthday... OR for anyone! Where do you purchase your logo labels?

Astrid said...

Hi Beth! I purchased them from Etsy. They are woven labels and I absolutely LOVE them. If you need more info, email me at signature (dot) creations (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Astrid

PS ~ Perfect Sweet 16 party favor! CLEVER!

Helen said...

I'm so excited! Can't wait to get this in the mail!

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