Leather Key Cover

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Okay, this is the last leather craft for a while, I promise.  Does that ever happen to you, though?  You find a deal somewhere on something so you decide it is your next medium.  Since my bargain in Canada this summer, leather has been that for me.  I snagged a whole box of glassware at a garage sale this weekend, so I have a feeling we’ll be entering a world of glass crafts very shortly.  Stay tuned.

 

Anyway, I saw some of these leather key covers (key coozies? key coats? key toppers?) for sale on Etsy, and decided I had to make my own.  I’d never seen them before, but a quick google image search revealed hundreds of different kinds.  There is a very simple no-sew kind (where you simply take a folded piece of leather, cut a slit in the fold for the key to poke through, and a hole through the key and leather and a keyring through it).  However, I liked the way thick stitching looks in leather, so I decided to do a simple stitched one.

 

Supplies:

Upholstery needle with an eye big enough to fit waxed cord

6 inches of waxed cord

One piece of scrap leather

Something to punch a hole with

Scissors

Key ring

Key

 

First, make sure you choose soft leather.  You need something that is going to be malleable.  I would recommend something thinner than what I used.  If you’ve got an old leather purse or something, I think that would work wonderfully.  Lay out your key on your piece of leather, and determine the size of the leather you will need.

 

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Once your leather is cut, fold it inside-out and use the key to mark where the keyring will need to go, as well as where you want your stitching to go on either side.

 

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Use either a leather crafting tool specifically for hole punching, or you can use whatever you have on hand.  I chose to use my dremil (be careful because it might start to burn the leather).  You could also use a nail and a hammer to poke the holes.

 

Once you’ve poked the holes, fold it back right-side-out around the key, and begin your stitching.  You can do a straight stitch, or something else.  I chose to do a a bit of a cross stitch, because I liked the way the exes looked on the outside edge.  If your leather is thin enough (if it is purse leather or thin craft leather) you could even use a sewing machine with a very sturdy thread, just be careful not to accidentally hit the key with your needle, because it will break.

 

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I tried this with one key to start out, and I’ve been using it for about a month now.  The leather holds up to a lot of key-abuse.  which the rubber ones that I use do not.  I plan to make a lot more of these.

 

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