Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tutorial: Keyring Pouch

I have a quick little project to share with you today. These little keyring pouches are super cute and a great way to use up some fabric scraps. The finished size is approximately 3 1/4" L x 2" W x 1" D - the perfect size for a tube of lip balm and with Christmas just around the corner why not whip up a few as gifts.

All the hardware was provided by K & C Supplies. Make sure to check them out - they have an awesome range of zips, buttons, charms and more.

- 2 pieces of exterior fabric, 5" x 3"
- 2 pieces of lining fabric, 5" x 3"
- 2 pieces of medium weight interfacing, 5" x 2.5"
- 2 pieces of coordinating fabric for the tabs, 2" x 1.5"
- 9" zip
- swivel lobster clasp
- zip charm (optional)

Iron the interfacing onto your 2 pieces of exterior fabric, there will be 1/2" uncovered at the bottom of your pieces.

We're going to start by making the tabs for our pouch. 

Take one of the 2" x 1.5" pieces of fabric and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew down the side with a 1/4" seam.

Turn right side out and press flat with the seam centered at the back. Repeat to make the other tab. Set aside.

Place one of your exterior pieces right side up, if your fabric has a directional print, make sure that it's going in the direction that you want it to. The 1/2" without interfacing should be at the bottom (not being attached to the zip).

Lay your zipper on top, right side down and with the zipper pull to the left.

Place one of your lining pieces on top, right side down and aligning all edges. Pin if desired.

Sew together using your zipper foot. I like to use the edge of my zipper foot as a guide.

Flip pieces so that they are wrong sides together and press away from the zipper teeth.

Place your remaining exterior piece of fabric right side up (again if your using a directional print, make sure that it's going the right way). Lay your zip on top face down, this time with the zipper pull to the right. Place your last lining piece right side down. Line up the edges and sew as before.

Flip wrong sides together and press.

Top stitch next to the zipper on each side.

Match up the raw edges of the lining and exterior fabric. Pin in place.

Sew down each long edge with a 1/4" seam.

Center each seam over the zipper teeth and press open.

Take one of the fabric tabs that we made earlier and fold it in half. Place it in the bottom end of your pouch and line up the raw edges. Center it over the zipper and hand baste in place - make sure to only sew through the zipper tape and the tab.

Open up your zipper about half way.

Thread the lobster swivel clasp onto your remaining fabric tab. Fold in half and place it in the top of your pouch. Repeat as you did for the previous side. You could also sew a bar tack over the zipper teeth at the open zip end, to keep it from moving too much when we sew the ends closed.

Gently turn the lining right side out. Sew down the two short ends with a 1/4" seam (I like to go over the zipper 2 or 3 times to secure it). Trim off the ends of your zipper roughly 1/2" from your seam and snip off any loose threads. 

Now we're going to box the corners.

Start by opening out your corner. Center your stitch line on top of the folded edge and fold the seam away from the zip, making a triangle.

Measure 1/2" in from the corner and rule a line at right angles to the stitch line. Repeat for all corners and sew along the marked lines (don't forget to secure your stitches at both ends).

Trim off the corners 1/4" away from stitching line, use pinking shears if you have them.

Turn right side out through the zip and gently poke out corners.

You're done! Attach it to your keys, bag, or belt loop and you're good to go.

Optional: I added a little charm to my zip pull for some extra bling.

Now make a bunch more!

They're also a great idea for school children - I'm going to make one for R to clip to the inside of his bag for when he needs to take money to school.

If you make a Keyring Pouch using this tutorial, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave me a link in the comments.


Leonie said...

Great tutorial Fay - thanks for sharing it - I think I'll be making one for my school girl too!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Pinned for future reference, Fay. A fab tutorial and an oh, so cute little pouch!!!

Leonie said...

So cute!!! I might have to make a couple of these for my girls

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the thorough tutorial!! The little pouch is so cute!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

A great idea for change! my current change purse gets lost in the bottom of my purse but I could clip this and not lose it.

pandchintz said...

How cute is that! Great tutorial - thank you.

Marni @ Haberdashery Fun said...

Saw this on craftgawker.. Super cute!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Oh how cute are these!? Love it. I'm pinning this to make one day.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Great tutorial, thank you!

maggie said...

That is a wonderful pouch/key ring. Its a great tutorial.
Thanks so much.


Unknown said...

Thank you for this great tutorial!!! I found your blog through "Totally Tutorials" and I'm happy to be here and be your new follower. I leave at the end of this post a link to my blog, if you have a moment I invite you to visit me. Nice to meet you,I'll make this project and I'll let you know when I will upload the project on my blog.
Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

Van alle seizoenen said...

Many thanks for this tutorial. Made these for my daughters birthday party as goodbye gift.


Unknown said...

That's such a great little pouch!! I've linked to your tutorial over on Craft Gossip:

Karen said...

Thank you for solving a Christmas gift problem. Great tutorial! Thank you. I have a zipper question for you (they kinda scare me but I am going to beat this fear). Do you use handbag zips?

Unknown said...

Thank you for the pattern. I made 9 for my friends and they were a great success. I filled mine with chocolates.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

This is just so adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Unknown said...

Hello, I love this. I was just wondering, when you say fold the tabs in half, how exactly do you mean? Inwards? Sorry, it's just I'm really scared of ruining it. :)

Unknown said...

Can anyone help me through the boxing ends part I am having trouble with this part thank you

Jordan said...

Thanks for this great blog post I will have to try this! Key rings are a great keep sake as they are always useful and people will hopefully never use it. Jordan http://bmtpromotions.co.uk/

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Fonda said...

Thank you for the pattern and tutorial!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial. Where did you purchase the zipper pull? It's adorable.

Trikle Trade said...

It is very useful design! Thanks for sharing.