Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 9: Easy Key Fob

Here's another quick and easy stocking stuffer idea. What better place to show off favorite fabrics than on something that gets used every day? Keep your keys handy in style!

These key fobs are made using Dianna LaFerry's Feathers and Fancy collection. If you aren't familiar with these prints, head on over to our website and check them out! You can also visit Dianna's website here. There's a unique double scallop border, the peacock feather print you see here, some stylized peacocks, and a range of really neat coordinating small prints.

This key fob pattern uses just two 5" charm squares and a 2" x 9" piece of fusible interfacing--super simple!

Cut your main print into a 1" x 5" piece and a 4" x 5" piece. Cut your coordinating print into a 2" x 5" piece and a 3" x 5" piece.

Sew the 2" x 5" coordinating print piece to the bottom of the 4" x 5" main print piece.

Fold and press the 3" x 5" coordinating print piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Open and fold/press long raw edges to the center crease.

Fold the entire piece in half again. Topstitch 1/4" from both long edges to secure.

Trim to measure 3" (if you'd prefer a longer loop, trim less). Fold in half and stitch along the raw edges using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Fold the top and bottom edges (they look like the right and left edges in the photo below) in 1/4" and press. Fold the right edge in a generous 1/4" and press. Fold the interfacing in half to create a 2" x 4-1/2" piece. The fusible sides should be facing out. Position the folded interfacing inside your pieced fabric, lining one long edge up against the raw edge of the right folded side, as shown below. Press your folded edges again to lightly secure to fusible interfacing. Note: Be careful that your hot iron doesn't touch the fusible interfacing!

Fold the opposite edge over the interfacing and press to secure against the fusible web. Create a finished edge by folding the short side over the raw edge, covering all interfacing and raw edges. Top and bottom raw edges should still be tucked in. Insert the loop at the top.

Topstitch around all four edges to secure. Add additional decorative stitching if desired. 
Feed onto a key ring.

We varied the pattern slightly in our samples, making one fob without piecing and lengthening the loop on a second. Feel free to adjust the pattern to your tastes!


Win a fat quarter bundle!
Today's 12 Days of Christmas question:
What is your favorite Kanvas FREE pattern?
(Hint: This is an easy one--there's no wrong answer! Look on our website.)

To enter the giveaway, leave the correct answer in the comment section below this post. 

The winner will receive this fat quarter bundle of Nancy Halvorsen prints!

Details: This giveaway is open through Friday, December 21st at 11:59 EST. On Saturday, we'll randomly draw a name from the commenters with the correct answer, and we'll post the winner's name here on the blog.

Good luck!

Here is the answer to Day 7's question: 
What are the names of the two FREE Googlies patterns offered on our website?

The answer: Out of This World and Sweet Dreams

The winner: Suzanne, who said:

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  1. Phew! I looked at so many fabric collections and patterns. I have quite a few fabric favorites but the patterns I had a harder time finding a favorite. It was a toss up between those cute little faces and blowing trees in "Owl Be There" and the geometrics in the "Siena colleciton" SIENA wins!! I like this one a lot and it goes so well with the collection.

  2. I love the Into the Jungle pattern using the Jungle Jive fabrics - Too cute!

  3. Grape Crush is really cool (LOVE purples) and Cirque looks great. Autumn Orchard is great, too, to show off a wonderful large print. Great resource!

  4. There are several that I like, but I narrowed it down to Paw Paw Games and Bella Boutique. The fabrics "C is for Cat" are all so cute!

  5. I'm gonna go with Paw Paw Games. Too many! Tough question! :)

  6. I like the needles and pins.

  7. For me, Cats in the Corner, of course!!

  8. Paw Paw Games is really cute and looks like it would be fun to make.


  9. Since there are no wrong favorite is BAKE SALE...anyone who knows me will understand!!!
    April Remy Hinton

  10. I love the Winter Novelties

    Pauline Gudas

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE "A Cat for All Seasons" and the fabric line is gorgeous. But then, it would be almost impossible to name fabrics I didn't like. Sometimes I like them so much I can't cut them. That's when I have to order fat quarters instead of yards. I can cut fat quarters, sometimes the yards are too delicious to cut. I'm in a 12 step program to get over my fabric addiction. Merry Christmas to all at Benartex.

  12. Buried Treasure or Siena would be my favourites.

  13. My favorite pattern is Cats in the Corner.
    My daughter would love it.

  14. I'm thinking needles and pins ... but maybe them all!!!

  15. Sunflower Daze is my favorite, but quite a few others are buys!

  16. I love the Scotties and Friends, of course! :)

    Sandy A