I have been making these quite a while and always sell out of them when they’re listed in my Etsy Shop (I should probably stock that someday….)
I’ve been meaning to make a tutorial, and I finally kicked myself into gear. THAT’s why there was no post this morning – I was anticipating a rare Saturday Tutorial post. What, you didn’t even notice that I didn’t post this morning.. hmm. 🙂
So, on to the tutorial…
You’ll need a keychain clip thing – I don’t know what they’re called, but I think you can buy them in the “notions” section. Then you’ll need 2 coordinating fabrics and some fusible fleece.
Cut one piece of ruffle fabric approximately 2 inches by 24 inches. Cut the piece of fusible fleece about 1 inch by 10 inches. If you don’t have fusible fleece, you can use regular fleece or flannel or anything to make it a little thick. Cut one piece of the main fabric 1.5 inches by 5 inches. Then cut 2 pieces of the main fabric about 2 inches by 12 inches. Then one one end cut the curves like shown below:
Iron the square-ish piece into a narrow strip – fold up about 1/2 inch, iron it, then fold down about 1/2 inch and iron it, to give 2 nice edges:
Turn under the edges of the main pieces – the curves are a little tricky, but just work slowly. Iron the fleece onto one of them:
Grab your ruffle piece and finish the edges. You can hem them. I used my serger set on “P” – – it’s like a not-so-dense rolled them:
Then sew down the middle and gather the strip. I talk about gathering on the Ruffled Hairclip Post. It should be long enough to go from the end to where the curve starts:
Sew the ruffle down to the main fabric:
Then sew the two pieces of main fabric together along the side seams that you had turned under. Be sure not to sew the ruffle down at the edge:
Alright, ready to assemble – – put on the clip thing, in the curve area, then fold it up like so:
And then fold the other end so it slightly overlaps – – my finger is in the way because I am bad at using pins – I just sew and go. Anyways, zig zag over that seam to hold it in place:
Now, to make it look pretty, take the strip you made and wrap it around – tuck the end under itself to made a finished edge:
Then sew along the top and bottom edge of the strip – you can see my stitching below:
That’s it!! I have one of these and I LOVE it!! I can just slip it on my wrist and hold my keys that way when I run into the store, library, etc. It’s also easier to find when I chuck it into my purse then just a small keychain.
This is a fun quick project – – – go make yourself one!! You can do it!!