This pocket key fob or ID badge holder is great for any time you need your ID or business cards or your debit card but don’t want to carry something big and heavy around. You can also make it with the pocket being clear vinyl so you can use it for your ID badge at work or quilt show, where ever! I like to use mine when I am out exercising, shopping, at sporting events or just running around. You could even just keep all those extra store cards in it so you can find them in the bottom of your purse if you want.
- What you will need: scraps of fabric for the quilt top (it’s only 2.5 x 4 so it doesn’t take much fabric), One 3×15 inch piece of fabric for the backing, pocket and tab, 15 inches of coordinating binding fabric, and 3×4 1/2 piece of batting.
- First things first, you should make a mini quilt top, 2.25 inches by 4 inches finished… I will post my favorite super easy paper pieced block that is just the right size. Or you can make a quick applique block using your favorite patterns, use your computer to print words on fabric (like your name) or your kids/grandkids’ pictures, any pieced blocks 2×2 inches and piece two, then add a thin border on the sides to get your total size.
- Cut backing 3 x 4 1/2 inches, Pocket 3 x 7 inches, tab 3 x 3 inches. If you want to make your pocket clear vinyl so your ID can be visible, cut it 3 x 3.5 inches and bind one three inch side.
- Layer Backing, batting, and patchwork and quilt as desired.
- Fold the pocket (doesn’t apply to the vinyl ones)and press so it’s 3″ x 3.5″. Line the pocket up at the bottom on the back side of the fob. Trim the backing batting and pocket to match the size of the patchwork. Now take the 3 x 3 tab piece of fabric and fold it in half. Unfold it and fold each edge to that center line, then refold so it’s in 4ths and press, then sew the open edge., this should make a rectangle that is 3″ by about 3/4″. Now fold it in half placing it at the center top of your project with the raw edges lining up with the raw edges of the back of the project. Baste around the raw edges on all sides so the pocket is basted and the tab as well.
- Now I just sewed the edges of my binding together before I started applying it after the first one, because it’s really hard to get to the edges if you don’t because the whole thing is so small. So sew the ends of the binding together, then apply the binding the usual way, except that if you are making the vinyl pocket you’ll want to apply the binding to the back first and hand stitch on the front instead, since it’s harder to hand sew into the vinyl.
- Now you can just use and enjoy, I put mine on a key chain I already had, you can do the same or pick up a key chain or lanyard at the craft store.
Some more ideas for this are doing a horizontal pocket instead of vertical… you would do a 3 1/2 x 4 inch piece for the pocket folded so the 4 inch sides meet, that makes the pocket 1 3/4 inches by 4 inches, otherwise most things stay the same. You could do one 2 inch square with no pocket to just make a key fob. I challenge you to come up with your own ideas, then please post them so we can share! Feel free to add comments of anything I can improve or anything that isn’t clear so I can get better at blogging! I love feedback!