Handmade Spool-inspired Key Fobs

I always love when Sedef Imer shares a guest post with us – they’re always so beautiful and creative – and this handmade spool-inspired key fob is no exception! Wouldn’t these make a fun gift for sewing friends?


Hi, it’s Sedef Imer here, from Down Grapevine Lane . I’m back again as a guest blogger on Amy’s blog and today I will be showing you how to make these rather special spool shaped key fobs!

This is a great little project for your favorite fabric scraps, and they make lovely gifts too.


2″ square print fabric (spool middle)
3″ square light brown fabric (spool wood parts)
3″ x 3.5″ sturdy wool felt (spool backing)
3″ x 5″ fusible web
3″ cotton tape
1″ diameter split ring
Black thread and thread to match the color of the felt
Pilot Frixion (or other removable ink) pen


1.  Find the PDF template to print from here and print to A4. Make sure you save it to your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat to print – if you print it straight from your browser this can cause size problems. Cut out the two spool parts in the template along their outlines.

2.  Apply fusible web to the backs of the 2″ square and 3″ square fabric pieces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the larger template piece (wood spool shape) on the back of the 3″ square brown fabric and trace around the template, then cut the shape out along the traced line. Repeat for the small template and the 2″ square of print fabric.

3. Fold the cotton tape in two and place onto the top half of the felt, with the raw edges pointing downwards towards the center of the felt as shown. Peel off the backing paper on the brown fabric piece and place on top of the tape, with 1/2″ of the bottom of the tape covered by the web backed fabric. Press with hot iron.

4. Peel off the backing paper of the print fabric piece and place on top of the brown spool, in the middle, as shown. Press with hot iron.

5. Using the Frixion pen draw some details onto the spool by hand, as shown.

6. Thread your sewing machine with black top thread, and with bobbin thread matching the color of your felt. Carefully sew along the outline of the spool and the lines you’ve drawn by hand TWICE. Don’t worry if your two stitch lines don’t overlap precisely – the finished piece will have a more authentic ‘hand-made’ look if the two lines aren’t directly on top of each other. Press your finished piece to remove the pen marks.

7. Cut out the spool shape from the felt background – be careful not to snip the tape when you are cutting behind it. Insert the folded end of the tape into the split ring.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and use it to make your own spool key fobs. Please come visit me over on my blog Down Grapevine Lane and you can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for free tutorials, patterns, and general sewing inspiration. Happy sewing!

Be sure to check out Sedef’s other fun tutorials including:

Quilted Leaf Coaster tutorial by Sedef Imer

Quilted Leaf Coasters

Fabric Covered Needle Card tutorial - perfect gift for a friend who sews

Fabric Covered Needle Cards

Scandi Pillow Tutorial

Fabric Butterfly Wall Art

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  • Reply
    The Joyful Quilter
    May 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for hosting Sedef here on the blog, Amy. Those Spool Key Fobs are SEW adorable!!

  • Reply
    Cathy B.
    May 5, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Absolutely adorable! But are you able to provide the pattern on letter size (vs A4) for North American readers? Thanks in advance!

  • Reply
    L Bennett
    May 5, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Hi I can’t seem to get the link with PDF template to work

  • Reply
    Tonya tiffany
    May 5, 2020 at 7:18 am

    These are a perfect gift for the ladies who apl be attending a quilt retreat with me. Thank you sew much for the idea!

  • Reply
    Cathy B.
    May 5, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Spools are just adorable! Wondering if you are able to provide the pattern on letter size paper (vs A4) for those of us in North America? Thanks in advance!

    • Reply
      May 5, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Cathy – I just printed it on letter size paper, and the images printed fine – let me know if you’re still having trouble.

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        Cathy B.
        May 5, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        Got it! Thanks so much & stay safe!

  • Reply
    May 5, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    So cute. I want to make a string of them to hang in my sewing room, like bunting.

    • Reply
      May 6, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      What a darling idea!!

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    Judy Carson
    May 12, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Cute!! Do you think cork would work for the spool (front/back)? I have tons to use up,

    • Reply
      May 13, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      I think it would work great! And look really cool too!

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