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DIY Photo Keychain

Make an adorable memento with this diy photo keychain. Sews lightning fast and makes a great gift for mom, dad or grandparents

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Photo Key Chain

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How to Sew a Photo Keychain

Watch the diy photo keychain video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the photo keychain pattern

Cut out either the rectangle or the round photo keychain template (above). Print at 100 % (no scaling). Make sure to measure the test line and ensure the template printed correctly. Trim the excess paper.


Transfer the pattern on the back of the faux fur piece


Cut out the faux fur piece. Be careful when cutting out the opening for the photo. Start with a small snip in the center and carefully cut around the area. Take your time


Place the photo under the photo opening and decide on the placement. Carefully cut around the photo and fold the back of the photo keychain. Use a few clips to hold everything in place.

PRO TIP: Laminate the photo before using to increase the durability of the keychain. Another option is to place thin clear vinyl on top of the photo before placing it inside the keychain


Stitch around the opening though all the layers, leaving longer thread tails both at the beginning and the end. Stitch about 3mm (1/8″) in from the outer edge.


Use a handsewing needle to pull the loose ends through to the back of the photo keychain. Make a knot and cut out the threads. Use a lighter to melt the ends.


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