How to Make an Embroidered Key Fob
I recently did my first beginner machine embroidery post so that you will learn along with me how to use my Brother PE-770 embroidery machine. I decided to do a second simple post that builds upon the last one that I did on how to make a beginner machine embroidery bib. This project Is similar in that it does not require that you import any embroidery designs from any other source. It is a simple embroidered key fob with a name but this time the name is vertical and on a smaller piece of fabric. You only need to do one more step to switch from horizontal to vertical. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
You may think that using a smaller piece of fabric would be difficult but it is not. I used my stabilizer to keep everything taut. Of course you need to use stabilizer in order to do machine embroidery. There are several different types of stabilizer but I am not going to discuss them here. Instead I am going to say that I used a medium weight tearaway stabilizer for this project. It worked perfectly for what I wanted to accomplish.
If you don’t have an embroidery machine I definitely recommend the PE-770 but it is a little pricey so if you are just starting out you might try the Brother PE-525 as an alternative. It is smaller with a smaller hoop but with a few adjustments it will get the job done. Regardless of what machine you choose embroidery adds that additional pop and beauty to your sewing projects.
What you will Need:
- Scrap of Fabric
- Scrap of medium weight interfacing like Pellon 808
- 1″ Key Fob attachment
- Embroidery machine
- Spray fabric adhesive
Step 1: Cut your Fabric
Cut your fabric so it measures 3 1/2″ x 10″. Cut the interfacing so that it measures 1″ x 10″.
Step 2: Hoop your Fabric
Cut a piece of stabilizer that fits your hoop. My hoop is 5″ x 7″ so I cut a piece of stabilizer that was a bit larger than that so it would fit inside the hoop and remain taut. Spray your stabilizer with the fabric adhesive. Line up the fabric in the center of the hoop so that it lines up vertically. The spray adhesive will keep the fabric from moving around in the hoop.
Step 3: Type your name into the machine
Type your name into the machine using the touch screen. If you do not have a PE-770 follow the manufacturers instructions on how to insert the name you would like embroidered on your key fob.
Step 4: Switch the setting to Vertical
Using the touch screen on your machine turn the name image so that it moves 90 degrees and is vertical. This is done by simply touching the 90 degree icon on the machine as shown. Again if you do not have a PE-770 follow your manufacturers instructions. The machine should be centered and on one side of the fabric so that the stitching will be about 1/2″ from the long edge. You will also want to make sure that the embroidery will occur at the bottom of the fabric. This is done by pushing on the directional arrows. These arrows will move the hoop either up or down so that you can decide where the embroidery starts.
Step 5: Embroider
Lower the presser foot and hit the green button to start the machine embroidering. The machine will continue to embroider on its own until it is finished. Once it is finished remove the hoop from the machine. Then remove the fabric and stabilizer from the hoop. Tearaway the stabilizer from the stitching.
Step 6: Fuse your interfacing
Take your Pellon 808 and fuse it to the underside of the stitching.
Step 7: Fold your Key Fob
Fold the raw edges in by 1/4″ and press. Then fold so that the folded edges meet and the name is now in the center of the fob. Press.
Step 8: Topstitch the Fob
Top stitch 1/8″ along the long edges. Trim off the ends.
Step 9: add the key fob Attachment
The key fob attachment comes in two pieces. One of the pieces is the key ring. The other piece is a metal piece with teeth. Fold the fabric piece in half widthwise so that the short raw edges meet. Clip the ends so that they are even. Place the metal piece with the teeth onto both ends. Cover with a piece of fleece or batting and crimp carefully using a pair of pliers. Once the metal piece is on securely add the key ring and you are finished with your embroidered key fob.
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