Cork Key Fob

Lately, I have been a part of many Quilt Shows and so many people LOVE our Cork Fabrics!

A few items shown are a slim line wallet (as well as my wallet), an essential oils pouch, a men’s wallet, and our Key Fob.

At the St. Mary’s Quilt Show, I promised a tutorial and links for the key fob. The key fob is actually quite easy! Just pick your cork and a webbing that coordinates with the cork, grab the hardware/pliers and you will be done in under 10 minutes.

Find the really thick webbing and hardware at Everything Ribbons on etsy. The cork you can get from me! 😉

These make great stocking stuffers, quick gifts and believe me, you will never buy another key fob. Fobs are perfect for scraps – all you need is a 1″ x 12″ strip of cork.

Although I like the cork, you could use fabric, just be sure to turn under the edges to avoid fraying and use a thin strip of batting. If interested, I will make another tutorial for fabric key fobs. Let me know!

Supplies Needed:
1 – 1.25″ wide by 12″ long webbing strip
1 – 1″ wide by 12″ long cork strip
1 set of Key Fob Hardware in your color choice
1 pair of Key Fob Pliers
Coordinating thread
Sewing Machine
Lighter (if needed)

As usual, first gather all your supplies – a quick project is frustrating when you are looking for a bunch of supplies throughout the process!

Make sure your coordinating thread is in your machine. Then line up the cork over the webbing. I just hold and adjust while sewing, but you can use wonderclips if you want. It is such a small piece, that my holding it is fine.

I use an open toe foot because I like the smooth bottom with the cork. For this project we will use a 90/14 needle and 3 to 3.5 stitch length.

My open toe foot with a smooth bottom

This short video shows how the inside of the open-toe foot is used to gauge where to sew. You will sew about an 1/8″ seam allowance.

Sewing on Cork

Once you have sewn all around making sure to go back and forth at the start and end to lock the stitches, you are almost done! I told you this was quick!

Trim any excess cork or webbing off with scissors.

Now that the ends are all trimmed up, pinch the two end together and line them up. This end will go in the hardware, so you don’t want lots of extra strings or fabric AND if they are lined up, it holds MUCH better.

Next, place the hardware over the ends making sure to push the webbing up into the piece.

Use the Pliers to squeeze the hardware closed. I give it a good squeeze in the middle, then on each end to really ensure it clips on tightly.

Grab your lighter and burn off the threads on each side (if you would like – it is not necessary though)

Add the ring and you now have a new key fob ready to go!

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