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Alright me Babber

Today we had a gert lush, Grand Day Out, in Brizzle. Sunshine, smiles and lots of Gromits.

Hero by Tom Deams

Hero by Tom Deams

Gromit unleashed is a public exhibition of giant Gromit sculptures decorated by artists. At the end of the art trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity

Kiddy Wink and Wonk searched excitedly for the next dog, trying to guess what colour it would be. We discovered parts of the city, we’ve not visited before. And, It’s great practice for queueing too, as they waited patiently for each photo opportunity! It’s a popular pastime in the South West at the moment and it’s great to see the full size Gromits in person.


Local schools Gromit I helped the children create

Local schools Gromit

As an art voluteer at the Kid’s village primary school, I was lucky enough to help the pupils decorate their own smaller Gromit.

All of the children submitted a design for the Dog and a winner was chosen. Led by a teacher, every child in the school was able to create a small part of Gromits transformation.

They all worked really hard and he looked fantastic when finished. It was great to be a part of and all of the children were proud of their contribution.



We made a fair dent in The Gromit Trail today. On the journey home the kids were busy planning their next trip, that is before they fell asleep. A favourite?…. that would be impossible, they are all so brilliant!

now it's looking like a Key Fob Wristlet

Fabric Key Fob Tutorial.

Ok, here goes………my first tutorial!

This is how I make, my version, of the ever useful Fabric Key Fob Wristlet.

To make it, you will need

Designer Fabric Key Fob Wristlet

Designer Fabric Key Fob Wristlet

Materials you will need to make a Fabric Key Fob Wristlet

Gather your materials

2 x fabric strips 11″ long x 2″ wide

2 x interfacing strips (medium or firm / sew in or iron on)

Key Fob Hardware, nickel plated 1″ (including 1″ split ring)


When selecting your fabric, you will need to choose one fabric for the outside and another, less visible, for the inside of the Wristlet.

When cutting the fabric for the outside make sure you centre the pattern along the middle of the strip (along the 1″ mark).



I found an 11″ strip of fabric was a good size for my hand. You can check this measurement yourself with a piece of string and adjust the size as necessary. About 1/2″ of the length, of the strap, will be lost in the Key Fob Hardware in the final stages.

Place interfacing along the centre, on the wrong side of the fabric Key Fob Wristlet

Lay fabric right side down and place interfacing on top along the centre.

Turn your fabric strips face down on the table and position the 1″ interfacing strips along the centre. Feel free to pin if you wish, personally I don’t use pins….ever! I used firm sew in interfacing as this is what I had to hand. However iron in interfacing maybe easier as it won’t wriggle around!


encase interfacing with fabric and your key fob wristlet is nearly made

Fold fabric over the interfacing, towards the centre.


Fold fabric over the interfacing, towards the centre and iron. Only apply heat to the fabric, not the interfacing.  If you are using sew in interfacing like me you will need to make sure this doesn’t move as you iron. Once you get the hang of it is possible to fold (fabric) and hold (interfacing) as you iron!



Turn fabric over interfacing down the length of the strip and iron

Fold fabric over interfacing and iron as you fold down the length of the strip

Fold over and iron the fabric along all 4 lengths of your Key Fob Wristlet. Careful not to burn your fingers or interfacing neither will like it much! Turn over your fabric strips and iron on the right side too. This will make the next steps easier.




For key fob wristlet line fabric strips up

Lay one fabric interfaced strip on top of the other.

Take one of your fabric interface strips and place it on top of the other, wrong sides together. Once you have two short ends lined up (pin if you wish), you can start sewing.




now it's looking like a Key Fob Wristlet

Sew fabric strip sandwich together

Topstitch along one length of the fabric strip sandwich. I set my stitch legth to 3. You need to sew close to the edge, but not so close that you fall off the edge. Both pieces of fabric need to be sewn together. Turn at the end and zigzag (1) across the width, with a shorter stitch length (1.5). Repeat along the other length and width.



Align both ends, now it's looking like a Key Fob!

Trim and align both ends of the fabric strap

When you have sewn the two fabric strips together, trim the ends to neaten. Align both short ends, one on top of the other. Make sure your chosen fabric is on the outside. Push the ends gently into the Key Fob Hardware.




Key Fob Hardware on Wristlet is finished

Push Key Fob Hardware closed on a hard surface

When you are happy that your strap is central in the Hardware, hold fabric in place with your left hand and press the clasp shut with the thumb of your right hand. The prongs will hold the fabric gently in place while you wack it tightly shut with a rubber mallet. Wrap the wristlet in a towel first to prevent damage to all your lovely hard work.

Key Fob Wristlet

Finished Key Fob Wristlet


Stand back and admire your very own Key Fob Wristlet!





If you don’t fancy making one yourself, I have a small selection of handmade Fabric Key Fob Wristlets in my online shops here;

When I began making these Wristlets I found Key Fob Hardware really tricky to find in the UK. I ended up bulk buying. You can grab yourself some here in my shop

Thanks to Bubba and Bubba Wacki for entertaining Kiddy Wink and Wonk while I worked on this. ‘Yes’ it did take all day and ‘No’ I didn’t get to sew or have a cup of tea! Maybe tomorrow………….





Schoenrock Cross QAL

I spotted a gorgeous QAL a couple of weeks ago. I pondered whether it was beyond me as I have never attempted paper piecing before. After exchanging tweets with  Leila I decided to give her freezer paper tutorial a try.

I nervously gathered my scrappy scrap fabric to construct a trial quarter. Half an hour or so later….proof, in spite of having two babies, my brain is still in relatively good working order.


I ironed the paper on the wrong side and sewed the pieces together, slowly (with paper still attached). I found it a bit tricky to line up the start of the seam line sometimes. Of course I should have ironed each seam after sewing. But that was downstairs and I was too eager to see how it would turn out to make that trip!


So, it’s not perfect. Some of the points missed. But I was too pleased I had managed it, to care too much. Next time it will be better.

I studied the endless possible colourways. Plotted and plannned; on the walk to school, while cooking tea and putting the kids to bed. Finally when they were sleeping a quick sketch, ready for cutting in the morning.

Reaching for my Charm Pack of ‘Mama said Sew’ I started drawing, cutting, ironing and laying out. At the end of the day a bit of rejigging and more cutting to try and maximise the contrast. It has taken a while and made my brain ache, but Leila’s tutorial has helped me get this far. I am hoping to finish it soon…well as soon as the kids are back at school. Go on give it try!

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Schoenrock Cross QAL