Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Felt Heart Keychain Tutorial

On my other blog, 365 Sewn Hearts, I recently posted some of these heart keychains that I made.  One of my readers, Kay, was interested in them because they are all hand-sewing, so I thought I would show her, and you, exactly how to make them.

You will need:
--cotton fabric with a small print (choose this carefully as it will be the center of attention!)
--wool felt
--embroidery thread
--Heat n Bond Lite, or other two-sided, fusible interfacing that you can sew through
--heavy sew-in interfacing
--key ring
--sewing thread and needle
--heart templates (at the end of this post)--they work best if you trace them onto plastic and cut them out.  You may need to/want to resize the templates when you print them out.  The large one is 2 5/8" wide and 2 3/4" tall.  The smaller one is 2 1/2" wide and 2 3/8" tall.

Start by tracing the smaller heart onto the smooth side of the Heat n Bond. Cut it out, just outside the line, and iron it onto the cotton fabric.  When it is cool, cut out the heart on the drawn line (this cut doesn't have to look perfect because the edge will be hidden under the felt). 
Still using the small template, trace and cut out 2 hearts from the heavy interfacing.  (I used two interfacing hearts for added firmness in my finished keychain.)

Next, cut a strip of your cotton fabric  2" x 3 1/2" for the key fob.

Iron the strip in half lengthwise, then fold each side in to the center crease, and press.

Sew the open side shut.  Don't bother to sew the ends, because they will be covered.

Slip the keyring onto the fabric and fold the strip in half.  Baste the ends together.  Set aside.

Next, using the larger heart template, trace three hearts onto the felt.  A ballpoint pen works great for this.  Only one of the hearts needs to have the center heart drawn onto it.

Cut out the three felt hearts.  Now all your pieces are ready to assemble into a beautiful keychain!

Remove the paper from the back of the fabric heart, and iron it onto one of the solid wool hearts.  Then position the keyring fob behind this heart, leaving about 1/2"-3/4" of the fob exposed, and sew firmly into place.  Remember to only sew in the area that will be covered by the heart with the "window" cut out of it.

Here's the back.  You can trim the cotton fabric to within 1/4" of where you sewed it to the felt heart, if you wish.

Next, layer the two interfacing hearts under the wool heart, and lay the cut-out wool heart over the fabric heart.

Baste the layers together.  The red basting stitches will be removed, so they can be big and sloppy!

This is what the back looks like.  (The heart on the left is the piece that will cover the interfacing after a few more steps.)

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the inner heart with the embroidery thread.

This is what the back looks like.  Now, remove these basting stitches.

Here's the last step:  with the third felt heart layered onto the back, baste all the layers together, then embroider around the outside edge with a blanket stitch.  (There are lots of places online that explain the blanket stitch, like this one at Stitch School.)

Remove the basting stitches, and you are done.  Looks great!!

The back looks great too!



Kay said...

Thank you for this great tutorial Leslie. I will be having a go at this soon.

wendiek said...

Oh my, you always have such cute ideas! And the greatest tutorials!

Thanks, Leslie!

Unknown said...

This s crazy sweeeet! Like a fabric confection and anyone would flip to receive one! Thanx for creating and sharing this, Leslie!

SharaLee said...

Leslie, this is so cute! will have to try this soon. You think of the neatest things.

Leslie Andersen said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! I've been using my keychain for a couple of weeks, and I love it!

Winnie said...

Great tutorial - thanks!
I love this heart-keychain

Unknown said...

Great tutorial! I am going to use it! I like your blog so much!!!Thank you for making it? writing here)))
I am Victoria from Russiag

Unknown said...

Sorry, Russia)))

Unknown said...

Thanks for your post! It is very good!

tülin said...

I like so much.

Faye said...

How do you blanket stitch over the keyring strip?

Leslie Andersen said...

Faye, it's surprisingly easy to blanket stitch over the keyring strip! You just need to pull the needle through to the back without pulling the thread tight, then finish your stitch by pushing the needle from the back to the front, through the keyring strip fabric, very close to the felt heart, then tighten your thread. If this sounds confusing, I think it will be clearer when you actually start sewing; it was an intuitive thing for me, and I bet it will be for you too!