Never letting anything go to waste, I discovered a sweet little Marimekko sewing project using remnants that you can whip up in around 15 minutes. The main thing you need is a great piece of Marimekko fabric. I used the Madison WI fabric to create my mod keychain but please use whatever you’ve got, you can also visit AlwaysMod.com and peruse almost 70 different Marimekko cotton prints. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need to get started:
- Sewing machine – set your machine to make a medium to small stitch length
- Marimekko Fabric – 2-3/4” x 11” (Traditional cotton fabric is best otherwise a lightweight upholstery also works. Don’t use regular upholstery fabric; it ends up too thick to fit into the metal key chain…I found out the hard way.)
- Thread – any color
- Iron – set to the steam setting
1. Cut fabric to 2-3/4 inches wide by 11 inches long
2. With the wrong-side facing up, draw a line lengthwise across the center of the fabric. The distance from the edge to the middle should be approximately 1-1/4”. (Trust me, drawing this center mark will make pressing the fabric easier.) I used a dressmakers pen to draw the mark but you can use any pencil or pen you like as long as the mark doesn’t show through to the other side of the fabric.
3. Working lengthwise, fold one side of the fabric in half so that it lays just 1/16” from the center line. (Leaving that small gap will ensure that the fabric lays flat at the fold). Press, and repeat this action on the opposing side.
4. Fold the fabric in half once again, press. You should end up with a piece of fabric that measures approximately 3/4”.
5. Clip the ends. This will allow the fabric to slip into the keychain head easier.
5. Get ready to use the sewing machine. Sew 1/8” from the edge lengthwise. Be sure to back stitch a few stitches to ensure the thread won’t unravel. Do this on both edges, then press.
6. Last step, were almost done. Fold the finished fabric in half and slip both ends into the head of the keychain. Close by pressing down on the metal door until it locks. Voila, you’ve created a beautiful Marimekko key chain. For extra security you can put a little glue in the key chain head or if you’re like me, I leave it as is so that I can change out the fabric to suit the season or my mood.
Helpful Tips & Fun Variations:
- Play with the length, the keychain doesn’t have to be 11 inches…try making a shorter one or make it really long and create a keychain necklace.
- Mix it up by using a funky thread color. One of the best keychains I made was out of black and grey fabric that I accented with bright red thread.
Thanks to the Imagine Fabric Blog for providing this great project!
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