How To Make Ribbon Key Fobs


Ribbon Key Fobs Detail

Ribbon key fobs are incredibly easy to make and so handy to carry!  If you’re wondering what to make for a fund raiser or just want to send out a little something to some friends, this is a great gift.

Ribbon Key Fobs in a Row

Here’s what you’ll need to make some of your own:

  • Key fob hardware, like these from Everything Ribbons on Etsy.  I used 1.25″ size.
  • Canvas webbing or belting the same width as your hardware.  (Got mine from the same shop.)
  • Ribbons  (I found great ones here and here.)
  • Fabric Scraps

Cut  the webbing and ribbon to 12″ lengths.  Then cut scraps of fabric 12″ x 3.25″ and “wrap” around the webbing.  Pressing with a steamy iron will help it stay in place.  Then carefully pin the ribbons so that the cut ends of the fabric will be hidden underneath.  Sew down either side of the ribbon.  If needed, neaten up stray threads from either end of the covered webbing, then insert into the fob hardware and use pliers to press firmly closed.  Add your key ring and you’re finished.

Ribbon Key Fobs

They’re so comfortable to carry and easy to find from the line of keys hanging up at the gym.  These will all be mailed to friends, and I already want to make more!


Upcycled Circle Pouch Keychains


Circle Pouch Keychains

My friend Nannette gave me some squares she’d cut from her son’s USMC uniforms and wanted to see what kind of crafty use I’d have for them.  When I showed my 18 year old the fabric squares Nannette sent me, she asked me for one. She didn’t even need it made into anything – she just wanted to keep a fabric square with her because a Marine wore it in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she just wanted that reminder to keep with her.

Well, I’d just seen this tutorial from Erin Erickson for circle zip earbud pouches and thought that was a much better way for her to keep a bit of that fabric with her.  It just used a 5″ fabric square for the front and back and a few other scraps and supplies, and now she has a useful little reminder or our troops and all they do for us.

I made one for Nannette, using a little piece that had her son’s name stamped inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

And I’ve made a few more for some of the guys on our Christmas list. (I think it’s safe to post that here, I don’t think any of them read this — but if you know them, don’t tell!) I liked a bit of color inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

They’ll be given with tags explaining they came from recycled uniforms of a USMC combat engineer who toured Iraq (twice!) and Afghanistan, in the hopes that this will be a visual reminder to thank and pray for our troops.  (Most of the squares are being saved for a future project, so hopefully you’ll be seeing them again!)