Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Cork & Fabric Keyring

A simple little keyring made with scraps of cork and fabric.
Cork and fabric Keyring
Yesterday I shared this cork passport holder I was able to make using the contents of the Craftiosity Craft Kit box I was sent. 
Cork and fabric Keyring and passport holder
As I mentioned, and you can see in the photo, I had a little bit of the cork fabric left, enough to make a little key ring.
Cork and fabric Keyring
To make your own cork key ring you will need:
A scrap of cork fabric 16cm(6") x 2.5cm(1")
A piece of fabric 28cm(11") x 5.5cm(2.25")
A D ring and clip - mine was in my stash saved from an old lanyard

Press a hem on each long side of the fabric and press with an iron. You want the fabric strip to measure 2.5cm - the same as the cork. As you can see in the photo I did one narrow hem and one wider one. I'm not sure why. You could make them even if you like! Press a small hem on one short end too.
Cork and fabric Keyring
Place the cork strip onto the end of fabric strip, wrong sides together, holding with clips. Top stitch down one side, along the short end hem and back up with other side. Cork and fabric Keyring
Bring the fabric end up to just overlap the end of the cork and clip to hold in place.
Cork and fabric Keyring
Fold the cork end over so the cork is facing out forming a loop and the 2 cork ends are level. Slip the D ring onto the fabric end then loop the fabric back to cover the uncovered end of the cork. Wow this is difficult to put into words! Just look at the photos, I think that is much easier to work out!
Cork and fabric Keyring
Now stitch a square to hold all this in place. This is asking a lot of your sewing machine so go slow and use the handle to turn the needle really slowly if you need to. You are aiming for something like this.
Cork and fabric Keyring
Trim off any loose threads and you are done.
Cork and fabric Keyring
I love finding ways to use up little leftover scraps.

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20 comments:

  1. I have to invest in some cork fabric. I love the look.

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    1. Thanks Pam, it has a lovely texture and stitches single layers really easily. My poor machine did struggle a little with the 2 layers of cork plus 6 layers of doubled up fabric!

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  2. The cork fabric looks really interesting. I think I will have to get some I bet it would go well with denim.

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    1. Oooo, yes, that would look great. Good idea.

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  3. Interesting project... I didn't know you could sew cork and I would never have thought to try it. Good idea. :)

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    1. It's a special cork fabric, it has a backing that stops it cracking or falling apart. Fun stuff to play with!

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  4. Totally quality project! I would buy this at Tommy Bahama! I love cork, reminds me of summer. Love it and thank you for sharing it at TADA! Thursdays this week.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, glad you like it. Cork is a summery material isn't it.

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  5. Wow, what a great idea to use up the leftover scraps. I wish I could use a sewing machine :).

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    1. Thanks, I was lucky that as I was growing up using a sewing machine was just a normal thing. They are really not very scary honestly!

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  6. I love this style keyfob, it looks great with these fabrics, the cork is really unusual and different :) x

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  7. Such a great project! The cork was unexpected, but now that I've seen it, I'm in love and will be on the hunt for some of my own. It looks like a fun product. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wonderful project and even better your only cost was the hardware! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :) I've given you some social media love!

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  9. Great idea and so effective not to mention useful

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  10. Such a nice use of cork! Such a cool idea & possible gift too ;-)
    Glad I saw it on the I am Pinnable Link Party!

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  11. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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  12. What a neat little key ring you are a talented needleworker Julie

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  13. This would make such a great gift Julie and the combination of cork and the pretty fabric is perfect.

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  14. This is great! It would make a cool bookmark too - Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY link up!

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  15. What a super cute DIY! It would look great on my key ring!

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