Thursday, February 13, 2014

How To: Make A Puppy Keychain

How To: Make A Puppy Keychain.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reviewing some wonderful craft books. Yesterday, I shared about making some cute keychains from the book Happy Stitch.  Today I am sharing a little how to for a cute puppy keychain that I designed.

To make Patches the Puppy, you will need…

- The template sheet at the bottom of this post.
- Cream felt, approx. 3” x 6” (5 ½ x 15 cm)
- Tan felt, approx. 7 ½” x 8 ½” (19 x 22cm)
- Small piece of dark brown felt
- Matching sewing thread or embroidery floss (thread)
- Stuffing
- 4” (10cm) piece of brown 5/8” (15mm) ribbon
- 1 small key ring of your choice
- Needles, pins and small sharp scissors. (Embroidery or scrapbooking scissors work great for cutting out small felt shapes.)
- Permanent markers, disappearing fabric pen or chalk to trace pattern (Optional. You can also pin pattern to felt or just hold it while you cut around it.)

1. Use template provided to cut out pieces.

Cut two head shapes from cream, four tan ears, one tan nose and eye patch and two dark brown eyes.

2. Sew one of the eyes onto the eye patch with a running stitch in matching thread.

3. Sew nose, eye patch and other eye in position with a running stitch in matching thread.

4. Embroider mouth under nose with a backstitch in dark thread.

5. Sandwich two of the ear pieces together, then stitch together with a running stitch in matching thread. 

Repeat with other two ear pieces. If you need to, trim around edges to make sure they have a clean edge and match up well.

6. Loop ribbon through key ring. You can use a small piece of tape to hold the ribbon ends together if needed.

7. Sandwich the two head pieces together and place the end of the ribbon between them. Leave approx. 1” (2.5cm) of ribbon sticking out. Pin in place.

Now slip ears between the head pieces and pin in place.  

Sew ¾ of the way around, through all thicknesses, with a running stitch in color to match head. Remove pins as you go.

8. Stuff head and sew the remainder of head together.

Now add keys or attach to your favorite child’s backpack.
You can also make it in any color you want.  The one above was made to match my son's favorite snuggle buddy.

Click Here to view template in another window and print at 100%

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many felt puppies as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to my original post, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!


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