While many of our crafts are very simple, we’ve also included this rather lovely apple keyring. Because it requires sewing, it probably needs more dexterity than the smallest fingers can manage. It would be a good project for older primary age children, although even this adult really enjoyed making it, so we won’t be placing an upper limit on the age!

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Apple keyring cushion
Yield: 1

Make your own apple keyring cushion

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: Medium

This sweet little craft project would be good for older children or even adults wanting to make little gifts for friends, family, or as stocking fillers. There are no complicated stitches required, but because the stitching is visible you'll want to keep the stitches short and even.

Materials

  • Red felt
  • Green felt
  • Green button
  • Green ribbon
  • Keyring chain/clasp
  • Green thread
  • Needle
  • Toy stuffing
  • Paper
  • Pen/pencil

Tools

  • Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Draw an apple shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out. This will be your template.
  2. Using the template, cut out 2 apple shapes, one for each side. Cut the apple out according to your template and assemble your materials
  3. Draw a leaf shape and use this template to create a leaf out of green felt.
  4. Sew your button onto one side of your apple piece. (It is much easier to do it at this stage.) Sew the button onto one side of your apple
  5. Put the two apple side together, so that the button is on the outside and the sides match.
  6. Thread the green cotton thread onto the needle, knotting at the end and sew around the edge. Thread the needle with green cotton and start to sew around the edge
  7. Stop at the place shown in the picture (about 2 or 3 o’clock on a clock face), position your leaf so some of it is inside the apple shape. Sew it in place. Insert the leaf and continue sewing
  8. Thread the ribbon onto the keyring. Thread the ribbon through the keyring
  9. Put the ends of the ribbon into the top of your apple, so it is sandwiched inside the two pieces of red felt. Sew it in, as you go around the edge. Make sure it is sewn in securely. (Children may need an adult to help with this.) Sew across the loop of ribbon threaded through the keyring
  10. Sew round the rest of the apple, making sure the two pieces are together. Remember to stop so that there is a gap to pop your stuffing into. Keep sewing round until there is only a small gap left to insert the stuffing
  11. Stuff the apple with some toy stuffing, so that it has a bit of shape. When you are happy with the result, sew the rest up. When the apple is stuffed to your satisfaction, finish sewing round the edge and fasten off