How to Make Upcycled Keychains

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Sustainability is one of the most frequently discussed issues in fashion these days. Whether it's giving new life to old, forgotten garments, shopping at thrift stores, or buying clothes made in the country in which you reside, everyone should consider taking part in the movement sooner rather than later. So why not begin now?

In light of this issue, I recently took a good look through my closet in search of some garments I could alter or reuse to make something I'd actually wear. That was when I came across a pretty large collection of colorful ribbon belts that I've had for about eight years (and haven't touched since). Clearly these could be transformed into something useful, and after just a few minutes of brainstorming, I had it: fabric keychains. Not only are these perfect gift ideas, but you can make a number of them from just one belt. What a deal!

If you just take some time to look around, you will notice that there is so much opportunity for transforming used or outdated objects into something special. Just let your creativity run wild.

To get you started, I've included my tutorial on how to make these easy fabric keychains below. Enjoy!

Materials you will need:

  • Belt(s) (or ribbon with D-rings)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Thread
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Sewing machine

1) To begin, gather your belt(s).

Gather materials

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posted in: how-to, recycle, upcycled keychains, sustainability

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turtlesandowls writes: Turn a few into pretty bookmarks. Cut the ribbon a little longer, don't do steps 6 & 7, just do fold up the bottom edge about 1/4" twice & sew.
Posted: 10:22 am on August 24th
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