How to Make Upcycled Keychainscomments (1) August 23rd, 2013
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If you just take some time to look around, you will notice that there is so much opportunity for transforming used or outdated objects into something special.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)
- Seam ripper
- Hand-sewing needle
- Sewing machine
1) To begin, gather your belt(s).
2) Using your seam ripper, gently rip out the horizontal seam (shown below) to remove one of the D-rings.
3) With a zipper foot, re-sew the tab back in place, directly on the original seam line.
4) Next, determine how long you want your keychain to be by folding the long end of the belt back on itself. Add about half an inch to this measurement to account for seam allowance.
5) Mark this distance and cut directly on the line.
6) Now fold this piece toward the D-ring side and tuck it under about half an inch. Make sure the two ends meet before topstitching the second end in place.
7) You may also want to hand-sew the two tabs together so they don't separate too easily.
And that's all there is to it.
Here's what your finished keychain should look like.
Now tell us, is there something you collect or have had lying around for years that you would like to recycle into a new project? Tell us by leaving a comment below!