I created these hand-sewn key chains last summer for my sewing camp class. Remember my Mondrian-inspired wall hanging? Do you remember how it didn’t work in a classroom, even though it was the perfect project for home? Since it was a classroom bust, I quickly came up with a new idea: hand-sewn key chains!
Hand-Sewn Key Chains — Embroidered Key Chains
Thankfully, I came across a number of key chain projects online. Many of them required expensive connectors, but I stopped by my local Hobby Lobby and picked up a package of plain silver split rings. Then, I made a few examples. Of course, I took the complicated approach first…
I may have chosen a really difficult project. Just a little…
After testing this one, I decided to look for a simpler project, especially since I didn’t think the students would have an easy time with the tissue paper transfer. But I still wanted them to add a design to the outside of their project. Enter the utilitarian key chain.
Hand-sewn key chain — Chapstick or Money Holder
These turned out to be some of my favorite hand-sewn projects. I used a soft 4B drawing pencil to sketch a simple design on the outer felt. It was easy to see the design and would (mostly) be covered by the stitching. I had created a few samples, but wanted to see how the patterns would translate to kids’ use. My youngest son, age 8, jumped at the chance to make a sample key chain.Turns out – he’s a natural hand-sewer.
This project was a success! My students enjoyed how creative they could be with their designs and it didn’t take them three class periods to complete. Instant satisfaction!
Just a side note: we hot glued the fabric strip (with the split ring) to the back of the hand-sewn key chain. A perfect afternoon project for beginning sewers.