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Advent Calendar 2018 – the 12th door

Good morning, my dears!

I am excited to show you a quick and unique Christmas present, and I have decided on a key chain. Why, you may ask? They are very easy to personalize, quick to make, and actually perfect for everyday use.

Of course, there are a lot of instructions for making a key chain, so I would like to introduce you to three different variations with three different attachment methods. We will be making key chains for the whole family.

 

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

So now you will have three short guides for key chains for mom, dad, and the kid.

Key chain instructions for the dad:

You will need:

  • Felt scrap (3-4 mm thick): 3 cm x 20 cm
  • Leather scrap: 3 cm x 3 cm
  • 1 screw post
  • Blank for the key chain
  • Punch, screwdriver with slotted attachment, pliers, fabric scraps (for scratch protection)Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Round out two corners of the leather scrap, lay it wrong side to right side on a short edge of the felt strip and stitch it centered with the punch going through the leather and both felt pieces.

Press the screw post through all three layers and tighten it using a screwdriver. 

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Put the blank around all three layers, wrap a fabric scrap around it, and press it hard using the pliers so that the layers are firmly locked into the hook.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Congratulations – dad’s key chain is all done!

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Key chain instructions for the mom:

You will need:

  • 6x cotton scraps: 6 cm x 8 cm
  • Fusible bonding tape: 8 cm x 28.5 cm
  • Lace band 30 cm
  • Carabiner 20 mm

 

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Sew the 6 squares together at the long edge to form a row and iron the seam allowances apart.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Iron on the fusible bonding tape to the wrong side of the fabric while following the manufacturer’s directions. Then the square is ironed like bias binding so that it is divided into 4 parts (2 cm wide) of equal length. If you like, stitch a lace band onto one of the middle quarters.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Fold the band along the ironed edges and slide the carabiner into the middle.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Open up both short ends and place these on top of one another, right side to right side, without allowing the band to twist into itself. Close this seam.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Disassemble the seam allowances and fold the whole band once again along the ironed edges to the “bias binding”.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Sew up the open edges. When doing so, continue to push the carabiner back a little until you get to the beginning of the seam. This way you will not be sewing over the carabiner.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Sew several stitches across the band, right next to the carabiner, so that it can’t shift out of position too much.

Congratulations – mom’s key chain is all done!

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Key chain instructions for the child:

You will need:

  • 2 felt scraps (3-4 mm thick): approx. 8 cm x 8 cm (later to be 2 circles with a 7 cm diameter)
  • Appliqué pattern (the one used here: Bjarne the Sailor by emmapünktchen, scaled down to 25%)
  • Jersey fabric scraps and Vliesofix fusible paper for the appliqué
  • Woven tape 6 cm
  • Key ring
  • Fabric scissors, heat-sensitive pen

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Using a pencil, draw the appliqué design onto the paper side of the Vliesofix and iron it (following manufacturer directions) onto the wrong side of the jersey scrap (shown in more detail here). Then cut the design out, tear off the paper, and iron it onto a piece of felt with the help of the appliqué instructions.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Draw in the details of the appliqué design using the heat-sensitive pen and appliqué the pattern with your sewing machine. Iron out the remaining color from the pen.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Form the woven band into a loop, slide the key ring into it, and mount it between the two layers of felt. I like to wait to cut the second felt circle until after it has been sewn, so that nothing shifts or moves out of place.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Sew both felt pieces together in a circle close to the edge, wrong side to wrong side. You may want to stitch over the section where the woven band is attached, so that it holds firm. Now cut off the lower felt piece so it matches the upper circle. Make sure not to accidentally cut off the woven band.

Congratulations – the child’s key chain is all done!

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

As you can see, key chains for the whole family are easy to make and offer countless opportunities for personalization, making them very special Christmas presents and small gifts.

Adventskalender 2018 – das zwölfte Türchen

Wishing you happy sewing and a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

Warmly,
Sara

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