Crafty Friday – The Adorable Marimekko Fabric Keychain

Never letting anything go to waste, I discovered a sweet little Marimekko sewing project using remnants that you can whip up in around 15 minutes. The main thing you need is a great piece of Marimekko fabric. I used the Madison WI fabric to create my mod keychain but please use whatever you’ve got, you can also visit AlwaysMod.com and peruse almost 70 different Marimekko cotton prints. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need to get started:

Materials:

– Sewing machine – set your machine to make a medium to small stitch length

– Marimekko Fabric – 2-3/4” x 11” (Traditional cotton fabric is best otherwise a lightweight upholstery also works. Don’t use regular upholstery fabric; it ends up too thick to fit into the metal key chain…I found out the hard way.)

– Thread – any color

– Iron – set to the steam setting

Metal Key ring

1. Cut fabric to 2-3/4 inches wide by 11 inches long

Cutting the fabric

Cutting the fabric

2. With the wrong-side facing up, draw a line lengthwise across the center of the fabric. The distance from the edge to the middle should be approximately 1-1/4”. (Trust me, drawing this center mark will make pressing the fabric easier.) I used a dressmakers pen to draw the mark but you can use any pencil or pen you like as long as the mark doesn’t show through to the other side of the fabric.

Drawing the line

Drawing the line

3. Working lengthwise, fold one side of the fabric in half so that it lays just 1/16” from the center line. (Leaving that small gap will ensure that the fabric lays flat at the fold). Press, and repeat this action on the opposing side.

Fold the first side and press

Fold the first side and press

 

Fold opposing side and press

Fold opposing side and press

 

Leave a slight gap in the center

Leave a slight gap in the center

4. Fold the fabric in half once again, press. You should end up with a piece of fabric that measures approximately 3/4”.

 

Fold in half again and press

Fold in half again and press

5. Clip the ends. This will allow the fabric to slip into the keychain head easier.

 

Clip the ends

Clip the ends

 

Clipped ends should look like this

Clipped ends should look like this

5. Get ready to use the sewing machine. Sew 1/8” from the edge lengthwise. Be sure to back stitch a few stitches to ensure the thread won’t unravel. Do this on both edges, then press.

Sew edges

Sew edges

 

Back stitched edges

Back stitched ends

6. Last step, were almost done. Fold the finished fabric in half and slip both ends into the head of the keychain. Close by pressing down on the metal door until it locks. Voila, you’ve created a beautiful Marimekko key chain. For extra security you can put a little glue in the key chain head or if you’re like me, I leave it as is so that I can change out the fabric to suit the season or my mood.

Insert fabric into the keychain

Insert fabric into the keychain

 

Shut keychain clasp

Shut keychain clasp

 

Your Marimekko keychain is complete!

Your Marimekko keychain is complete!

Helpful Tips & Fun Variations:

– Pick a fabric with a small print such as Marimekko’s Mini Unikko, Karkulaiset, or Hehku for the best results

– Play with the length, the keychain doesn’t have to be 11 inches…try making a shorter one or make it really long and create a keychain necklace.

– Mix it up by using a funky thread color. One of the best keychains I made was out of black and grey fabric that I accented with bright red thread.

Thanks to the Imagine Fabric Blog for providing this great project!

2 Comments on "Crafty Friday – The Adorable Marimekko Fabric Keychain"

  1. I love the fabric print! I was wondering where you found the keychain hardware. I like the idea that you can switch them out and add another fabric pattern.

  2. I used to make a lot of these back in the day. Here is another source for the hardware that is inexpensive compared to the other shops I found on Google…. http://www.craftersvision.com/Key-Chain-Fob-Tip-p/kcf-al03112np.htm and http://www.craftersvision.com/Nickel-Key-Chain-Fob-Split-Ring-p/kcf-kr32mmnp.htm

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