DIY Personalised Football Key Ring- step by step!

Create something special for your footie mad family member or friend by with a personalised present they can carry with them wherever they go! You could even treat yourself- we'll show you how to make a brilliant key ring using HappyFabric HTV and (hopefully) never lose those keys again!

You will need:

HappyFlex in Black, HappyGlitter in Blue, Scissors, Fabric. thread, cotton wool/ material for stuffing, pen/pencil and a needle. Optional: cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo used in this tutorial)

STEP ONE:

Use something with a round base to draw around onto the fabric. You will need to do this twice to end up with two circles. The circles should be slightly larger than you want the key ring as you need to make allowance for stitching.

STEP TWO:

Cut out both circles using the scissors.

STEP THREE:

Using Silhouette Studio (the design software for Silhouette Cameo) or by hand drawing onto the back of the vinyl, create your design. Above, I have written Uncle Jack backwards as the letters will be cut from the back of the vinyl. Then add some pentagon shapes for the football aspect.

STEP FOUR:

Cut the design out on Silhouette Cameo (you can use any cutting machine) or by hnd with scissors. Reember to cut the same lettering from both HappyFlex Black and HappyGlitter Blue, as this is how we are going to create the shadow effect.

STEP FIVE:

If cut using a machine peel away the excess vinyl from the design: this is known as 'weeding'.

STEP SIX:

Remember the two circles of fabric? It's time to pre-press them. Give them a quick press using a heat press or iron to ensure no moisture or creases are in the fabric (this means the vinyl will stick properly).

STEP SEVEN:

Now that the fabric is warm, place your design onto each piece. Only place the first layer of the design on at this stage.

STEP EIGHT:

Cover with greaseproof paper (be careful not to disturb your design) and then press for ten seconds at 150 (if using an iron, this is the 2 dot setting).

STEP NINE:

Once cooled enough to touch, peel away the plastic carrier from each letter/ shape to reveal the smooth surface. Then, add the HappyGlitter layer over top as show above- but slightly to the right so that you can see the black shadowing behind. Cover with greaseproof paper and repeat pressing process.

STEP TEN:

Take your two finished circles...
... and face them toward each other. You may want to pin them closed (as shown in the next photo) as we will begin to sew.

STEP ELEVEN:

Now, carefully sew the two circles together, but make sure to leave a gap big enough to turn the whole thing inside out in the next step!

STEP TWELVE:

Once you're finished sewing, turn everything inside out, to reveal the vinyl.

STEP TWELVE:

You can now stuff the football. Gently push the stuffing into the areas that you can see need more roundness to help create the spherical shape.

STEP THIRTEEN:

Close the gap to seal the stuffing inside and trim any edges. Sew on a ring or loop some thread to enable the football to be attached to set of keys!

STEP FOURTEEN:

Present your creation to it's intended recipient- or keep it to admire every time you leave the house!
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