Leather Keychain Fob
What you will make:
In this project, make a keychain fob from a scrap of leather and
decorate it with markers or leather cutouts. This is very easy leather craft
project that uses simple materials and is suitable for
beginners and children. Just cut a pendant from leather, draw on some
designs, and add a loop of plastic lacing. This is a great gift for Dad!
This leather craft requires just a scrap of light-colored leather. Use
leftovers from other projects or purchase a leather grab bag from the
Related craft: Make
Leather Bookmarks cut from scraps of suede.
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper or cardstock
- Black or dark-colored markers
- Scrap of white or light-colored leather, somewhat stiff, 2" to 4" square (5 to
- Plastic lacing: 6" (15 cm)
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat or several pieces of cardboard
- Optional: Leather scissors, contact cement or tacky glue,
scrap of colored suede or leather
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Leather Keychain Fob
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Download and Print Pattern
Download and print the
Leather Keychain Fob pattern. There is one pattern sheet
with four designs.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut Patterns
Leather Keychain Fob pattern includes pattern pieces
for four different keychain fobs. Choose the pattern you want to
use, and cut it out on its black outline.
Tip: The keychain fob with straight sides is
easier to cut from thick leather.
- Step 3: Trace Patterns
Lay your pattern on the leather and trace around it with a
pencil. Keep the pattern as a guide for drawing the smiley face
Tip: For colors of leather other than white, a
pencil tracing may not be visible. Test the pencil first, and, if
needed, trace the pattern with a ballpoint pen instead.
- Step 4: Cut Leather
Lay the leather on a cutting mat to protect your table. You can
also use several layers of cardboard for a cutting surface instead
of the mat. Cut the leather on the pencil outline. Go slowly on the
circular patterns. Adult supervision is required
when using a craft knife.
Cut a slit near the top of the fob for the lacing
to go through.
Tip: You may find
it easier to cut out the fob with leather scissors. Some leather can
be cut with craft scissors.
- Step 5: Decorate
Use a dark-colored marker to draw a smiley face on one side of
the keychain fob. Add details to the smiley face, if you like.
Print "#1 DAD" on the back in nice large letters.
You can print different wording if you like, such as "LOVE FROM
LAURA" or "I LOVE YOU". You might also draw a heart or a star.
Tip: You can also transfer the smiley face from
the printed pattern to the leather and then trace over the design with a
marker. A simple technique for transferring a
pattern to leather requires nothing more than the printed pattern
and a pencil. Use a soft lead pencil (#2 or softer) and a firm hand
to trace over all the pattern lines to be transferred. Turn the
pattern face-down on the leather and trace over the lines from the
reverse side. (You should have no trouble
seeing the lines from the back if you pressed hard while tracing
them.) This type of transfer is usually good for two or three uses.
Tip: Leather cutouts can also be used to
decorate the keychain fob. See the
Suede Leather Bracelets or
Suede Leather Pendant Necklaces craft projects for
gluing instructions and printable motif patterns.
- Step 6: Lacing
Cut a piece of plastic lacing 6" (15 cm) long. Thread the lacing
through the slit at the top of the fob. Even up the ends and tie
them together into a knot. Pull the knot tight.
Wrap your keychain fob if it's a gift, or put it on your
keychain! The medium-size patterns in the
Half-Moon Petal Envelope
craft project work well as a gift wrap for the keychain fob.
That's it! Your keychain fob is complete!
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