How to make a patchwork key fob. Tutorial by Angie Wilson of

I had been seeing handmade patchwork key fobs on Instagram for months and then when I was sent some back issues of Love Patchwork & Quilting I was lucky enough to get the key fob hardware as an inclusion. I took it as a sign that it was time I made one of my very own and so I did.

I loved it so much (it’s the perfect size to fit around my wrist so I can carry my keys while toddler wrangling and it’s chunky enough that I can find it blindfolded when searching in my bottomless handbag) that I ordered in some more hardware and started making them as little thank you gifts.

They make such a great little gift that I thought I’d share how to make a patchwork key fob with you all.

What you’ll need to make a patchwork key fob

1 x 10″ x 5″ piece of fabric.

1 x 10″ x 5″ piece of fusible fleece interfacing (I use Pellon sf 110)

1 set of key fob hardware

1 x set of pliers

Sewing supplies – sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter, clover clips (or pins), iron, ironing board and a ruler.

Additional supplies to make a fussy cut patchwork key fob:

1 x piece of template plastic


1 permanent marker (do a test to make sure it doesn’t wipe off the template plastic)

How to make a patchwork key fob. Tutorial by Angie Wilson of

I’m going to show you 2 ways to do this – one way you’ll use a piece of fabric (the fabric pictured above is a drill cotton which makes it a little hardier to the wear and tear of life in a handbag) and the other way you’ll make a piece of patchwork fabric.

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  1. Hooray for you Angie. I bought the chrome pieces ages ago when you mentioned these. Now you’ve filled in the blanks. Thanks x 6 as there are 6 chrome piecesπŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»

  2. So glad you have this tutorial Angie! I have some of the metal fob ends and was doing research on how long people tend to make them so I don’t have to spend half my time second guessing the length of the fob.

  3. I would like to see tutorials for small fast projects, like pillows, table runners and such. Thanks for the chance to win the gnome! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  4. I love new ideas for gifts, also stuffed toys, the ones that don’t need to making pieces of fabric to put together πŸ™‚

    • …that should say – ‘stuffed toys, the ones that don’t need too many pieces of fabric to put together’ :p

  5. Thanks for posting this tutorial. I have had some hardware to make my own key fob for a while but didn’t know how to go about making one. I’m already on your mail list and have ‘liked’ your Facebook page (RiamDesigns). I love your little gnome rainbow key fob, it has inspired me to try making one this weekend – please wish me luck!

  6. Luv these gorgeous fobs!
    This patch worker would love one for her new car!
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. I would like a tutorial how to get the ends of zippers neat in zip pouches. I have tried so many and find it really hit and miss (more miss if I am being honest). Drives me crazy

    • Oh wow, now this I think I can help with. Thanks for the suggestion – I’ve added it to the list and will get cracking on it. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

  8. love that little gnome – key fobs are fun to make and I like your fussy cutting pattern for them – thanks πŸ™‚ would love to know where you got your fun little labels from too ?

    • Whoops, sorry about the delay in sending the information through. Have been busy sewing this week and neglecting my poor little blog. Let me know if you need anything further πŸ™‚

  9. I love your key fobs! I think I am going to have to make one if I don’t win πŸ˜€ They are great! (and your instructions and pictures are really clear πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Emma – I’m new to making tutorials so I always worry that there’s not enough photos and I haven’t explained it clearly enough. Need a lot more practice πŸ™‚

  10. I love these! I’ve got one that was made for us at a retreat I went on earlier in the year. I would love to see tutorials of things you love to make. I think they’re the best sort because you can see the passion for what you do coming out in the post.

    • They so fun and useful it seems like a crime not to make them. Thanks for the suggestion… I will be sharing “how to make a mess” very soon πŸ˜‰

  11. Anything that makes finding the keys in the bottom of the handbag is a minor miracle. Great tute, would love to see more containing small gift ideas so we can share the fabric love. Thanks Angie!