Have you ever misplaced your USB media with all your favorite designs? If the answer is yes, you'll appreciate having this key fob to make it more visible, easier to find, and fun loving too! You can easily make this In-the-Hoop project in just a short time using our Free Design Download.
Makes a great gift for a special sewing friend too! Be sure to visit an authorized Brother Dealer
to purchase the USB with the Brother Logo!

Materials and Supplies:

Note: Wind a bobbin with matching embroidery thread for your final outline color.
Note: I prefer a Titanium Nitride needle for embroidery on vinyl.
  • Scissors for trimming vinyl
Note: I prefer craft scissors with serrated blades.
  • Low tack tape for securing vinyl to stabilizer
Note: Experiment with various low tack tapes to see what works best. Transparent, breathable and perforated plastic medical tape works well for this type of project. Remember that tape needs to hold securely but also must be easily removed without leaving residue.

Fabrics and Supplies for Key Fob:

  • Marine vinyl suitable for embroidery, two pieces measuring 4 ½-inches wide X 5-inches long. Note: This type of material is often found in the upholstery section of the fabric store. Look at the wrong side and it will have a light-colored backing that looks like a knit. There may be other vinyl options available but it's important to select vinyl that can be easily stitched.
  • Snap set for attaching hardware. If you are using special plastic type snaps be sure to select the long prong style.
  • Key ring or swivel hook designed to fit ½-inch to ¾-inch strap.
Design Size:

Steps to Create Key Fob

  1. Download the KeyFob_Sewing.pes design and transfer to your machine. Assemble your supplies and hoop a piece of tear away in the 4-inch hoop. See Figure #1.
[caption id="attachment_14134" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #1[/caption]
  1. Center one piece of vinyl over the tear away, with right side of vinyl facing up. Tape close to edges and corners, securing vinyl to tear away. Using desired thread colors, embroider lettering and heart. See Figure #2.
Tip: Tape all four sides with part of the tape touching the sides of the hoop for a more secure hold. Always generously tape items for in-the-hoop style designs. It's important to make sure the tape does not roll and stick to the machine. Tape must be flat and secure, yet remove easily.
[caption id="attachment_14136" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #2[/caption]
  • Carefully remove hoop from the machine without distorting anything in the hoop, and then turn it over and place on a flat surface.
  • Center the remaining piece of vinyl on the back side, centering and taping it as you did for the top side. See Figure #3.
[caption id="attachment_14137" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #3[/caption]
  1. Change the bobbin as necessary and stitch the outline through all layers. See Figure #4a and #4b.
Tip: Tape all sides, having part of the tape touching the sides of the hoop for a more secure hold.
[caption id="attachment_14138" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #4a[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14139" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #4b[/caption]
  1. Remove piece from hoop and carefully remove tape. Cut close to the outline, leaving a very narrow margin of vinyl all around outer edge. See Figure #5.
[caption id="attachment_14140" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #5[/caption]
  1. Attach snap parts as directed by manufacturer of snaps and snap tool. See Figure #6.
[caption id="attachment_14141" align="aligncenter" width="800"]I Love Sewing Key Fob Figure #6[/caption]
  1. Slip ring over tab and snap to secure. See Figure #7.
[caption id="attachment_14142" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Key Fob I Love Sewing Figure #7[/caption] You are finished! Enjoy!
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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:52:49 PM

Glad you like the project Patricia. It's nice to have this embroidered tag to help keep track of the USB. It's easy and fun to make too!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:54:33 PM

Hello Cindy! Happy Stitching!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:50:35 PM

Hi Candice, Your idea for categorizing your USB is a good one. Your note made me smile :-) I seem to collect USBs too!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:44:13 PM

Hi Elizabeth, I would have to test that scenario but I'm traveling so it will be a while before I could test that out. In the meantime I will tell you that the vinyl very easy to cut with scissors.

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:55:43 PM

Hi Esther, Let us all know when you get one of these stitched ;-)

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Joanne Banko Says:
5/15/2018 10:22:54 AM

Hi Mary! Thanks for writing in . . . did you make one of these I Love Sewing Key fobs????

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 11:20:56 PM

Hi Peggy, glad to help! Happy Stitching!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:45:16 PM

Hi Rhonda, The pliers and the snaps in this project are the Kam Snap brand.

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Elizabeth Graves Says:
4/17/2018 3:33:20 PM

How can I move this to cut n scan to cut out when finished?

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Betty Quintal Says:
4/12/2018 6:32:09 PM

I love It Thank You

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Esther Bartels Says:
4/13/2018 6:56:23 AM

I'll try this Project since it's sew cute!

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Esther Bartels Says:
4/13/2018 6:57:09 AM

I'll try this Project.

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Jeannette Noah Says:
3/30/2018 9:43:04 AM

Love it, Thanks

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Candice Says:
4/12/2018 6:51:55 PM

Love this idea, but thinking of changing it up a bit. I will probably add a descriptor of what favorites are on a particular USB (flowers, critters, sayings, etc.). Beginning to wonder if I might have a few too many favorite usb's!!

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judy hayes Says:
4/12/2018 8:50:22 PM

Thank you for the design. I love it and the instructions.

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:46:48 PM

Thank you for your note Betty!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:38:19 PM

Thank you Reen!

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Cyndy Clairmont Says:
4/15/2018 12:12:52 PM

Thank you so much for this design! You are the best for keeping it free and can't wait to get one made up!

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Peggy Eckmann Says:
4/14/2018 5:10:43 PM

Thank you so much,,,,I love the instructions as well...It truly helps...Thank you AGAIN

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Mary Munsch Says:
4/12/2018 6:15:44 PM

Thank you so much...will be using this!

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Peggye Davis Says:
4/16/2018 12:53:14 AM

Thank you! Love this.

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Rhonda DeVor Says:
4/19/2018 5:15:44 PM

Thanks for getting back with me.

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:39:58 PM

Thanks for writing Jeannette! Hope you have fun making one for yourself or to use for gift giving!

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Mary Says:
4/27/2018 10:52:59 PM

That is very cute! Love it

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Reen Wilcoxson Says:
3/28/2018 4:06:59 PM

That's sew cute!

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Patricia Kananen Says:
4/12/2018 8:31:42 PM

This is so sweet. It would be so useful to. I love it.

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Rhonda DeVor Says:
4/16/2018 3:05:48 PM

Where did you purchase your snap pliers?

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:46:04 PM

You are quite welcome Peggye!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:53:29 PM

You are very welcome Judy! Enjoy!

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/18/2018 4:40:58 PM

You are very welcome Mary! Have fun!

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