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Leather-Strap Key Fob

This is one small object that should last a lifetime: Make one for each family member, then color-code or monogram them individually.

Photography: Ryan K Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2014

Introduction

Sources

Natural cowhide-leather strap, 5/8" by 50", tandyleatherfactory.com
Easy-to-Do rivets and setter, tandyleatherfactory.com
Waxed-cotton cord, 1 mm, glamourla.etsy.com

materials

  • Natural-cowhide leather strap

  • Awl or rotary punch

  • Nickel-plated flat key ring, 1 1/4 inches

  • Large-eyed needle

  • Waxed-cotton cord

  • Craft knife

  • Rivets and setter

  • Paint pen, ribbon and leather glue, craft tool, alphabet-and- number set (optional)

steps

  1. Waxed-Twine Closure: Following dimensions in diagram, cut a strip of leather.

  2. With awl and a mallet, make 4 small holes as indicated on diagram.

  3. Slide ring onto strap and bend so holes align. Thread needle with cord and sew closed, stitching through twice and finishing with a square knot. With craft knife, trim ends to make even. Finish sides or ends with paint pen, if desired.

  4. Rivet Closure: Following dimensions in diagram, cut a strip of leather.

  5. With awl and a mallet, or rotary punch, make 2 holes as indicated on diagram.

  6. Slide ring onto strap and bend so holes align. Set rivet.

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