DIY Leather Shape Keychains

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It’s time for another leather keychain DIY! This time, we’re getting fancy and stitching together leather shapes to carry our keys around in style. I recently went to my favorite leather shop and picked up some new goodies, so I couldn’t resist trying some of it out on these little beauties.

Materials

  • leather or faux leather
  • key ring
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • batting
  • pen
  • computer and printer
  • downloadable template

Make Time: 40 Minutes

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Print out the downloadable template. Decide which shape you’d like to make, and cut the shape from the paper. Trace the shape twice on the back of your leather. Cut out the shapes, along with a strip of leather approximately 1/4″ x 2″.

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With wrong sides facing, begin sewing the two shapes together. Enter the needle through one wrong side so that the knot in the thread will be hidden. From there, begin making tiny, neat stitches along the edges of the two pieces. At the halfway point, fold the extra strip of leather in half to form a loop, sandwich it between the two shapes, and sew it down across the edge.

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Continue sewing until you’ve almost reached your starting point. Stuff the leather with a bit of batting, until it’s sufficiently puffy.

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Continue sewing to meet your first stitch. Tie a hidden knot on the wrong side of the leather piece, in the same place the first hidden knot is. Snip the ends of the thread.

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Insert the leather loop through a keyring.

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You’re all set! I love these — the geometric shapes are so fun (and there’s a heart and a circle on the template sheet as well). They’d make great little party favors, or just fun everyday gifts. Can’t wait to use mine! xoxo

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  1. Sine on said:

    Very pretty.. I think I’ll try this, maybe with some neon accent thread.. 😀

  2. Nikki on said:

    So cute! I can’t wait to try this out, I love the little diamond!

    • chelsea on said:

      The diamond’s definitely my fave. 🙂

  3. Brittni on said:

    Must make these asap. Love them all. Such a cool idea Chelsea.

  4. Love this! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while now. Thank you for sharing!

    xx
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  6. jami on said:

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Can i ask, what lighting equipment do you use to take all your wonderful blog photos? I am starting up a blog and my photos are not on the same level in the least bit

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Jami, thanks for your comment! I actually shoot pretty much exclusively in natural light. I make sure to shoot by a window when the light is nice and full. Also, I shoot on a Canon 60D with manual settings so that I can really control what the photos look like — I like them pretty bright. Keep at it! I’ve learned so much over the years just experimenting with photos for the blog. xo

  7. OchWey on said:

    I love it! I’ve lost my keys with all keychains, so I’m going to make some of these! Thanks fo sharing it!

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  11. Ariel on said:

    The gems are a really cute shape! Perfect use for the scraps of fabric I have around the house!

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  15. I have an old leather fanny pack that I’ve been looking for ideas for how to use the small bits of leather. Thank you for the inspiration!

  16. claire brandmeyer on said:

    I just did this and its amazing!! it’s a little time consuming, but worth it

    For any one who wants to do it I got my strips of leather on Amazon for super cheap

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