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Patch Keychains

Those popular mix-and-match patches? Here's another way to wear them: turn them into custom keychains. All you need are a few favorites, leather scraps, and some supplies to spot them just in time for back-to-school season.

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Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Marwa Hayat of Enthralling Gumption. "Now you are ready to hang it up on your bag or use it stash your keys," she says.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Back to School Crafts and DIY Backpacks.

materials

  • Patches (Pictured: Multipack fabric patches, 4 for $4.99, hm.com) and 2-Pack patches, 2 for $8, hm.com)
  • Leather
  • Super-fast glue
  • Split key ring with chain
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips

steps

  1. Match your patches to complementary leather scraps. Apply a generous amount of glue to the back of your patch and adhere it to the right side of the leather, leaving excess fabric around the border of the patch including 2 inches at the top where you will attach a key ring and chain.
    patch-leather-keychains-step-1-glue
  2. Trim excess leather using scissors. Leave a long strip from the aforementioned 2 inches of excess to attach the keychain ring.
    patch-leather-keychains-step-2-cutting
  3. Insert the key ring towards the opening and glue the end to the back of the leather.
    patch-leather-keychains-step-3-chain
  4. Apply pressure to the glued area by using a paper clip. Let dry according to the glue instructions.
    patch-leather-keychains-step-4-dry
  5. Attach to key ring and chain. Embellish on a backpack, tote bag, or other handbag of choice.
    patch leather keychain

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