Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jelly Roll Strip Key Fobs

I found a lonely single jelly roll strip in one of my scrap bags.  I loved the color of it and thought I could make a key fob out of it.  Usually, I hated trying to iron the folds in a jelly roll or honey bun strip for the key fobs but now I had the fabric folding pen.  I thought I would give it another try using the fabric folding pen.  Love Love Love it!!  Here are some high level instructions.  If more details are needed, please let me know.

First, I cut the Jelly Roll Strip in quarters.  I like the wrist size key fobs so I can make 2 key fobs from one jelly roll strip.    The final strips usually end up 11" each.   On the first 11" strip, I use the fabric folding pen to fold in 5/8ths of the fabric in on both sides leaving a 1.5" resulting strip.  Repeat on the second strip.  When you have the two strips of 1.5" folded fabric, add interfacing to one of the strips to make it a little stiffer.  I used about a 1" width of peltex fusible interfacing.  However, i did not iron it, I just left it free in the folds.

I added one strip on top of the others with the folded sides facing inward and then sewed a thin (possibly 3/8") seam down both sides securing the sides together.

On the bottom rough edge, I turn a 1/4 inch fold and carefully add into the key fob attachment before crimping with the pliers I have.  This is the tricky part balancing the ends and crimping at the same time.  I have also used double sided tape on the ends when I placed into the key fob hardware to help with holding the fabric in place before I crimp/ close the hardware.

Here you have it, two key fobs from one Jelly Roll strip!

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