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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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.
- Red felt
- Green felt
- Green button
- Green ribbon
- Keyring chain/clasp
- Green thread
- Toy stuffing
- Draw an apple shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out. This will be your template.
- Using the template, cut out 2 apple shapes, one for each side.
- Draw a leaf shape and use this template to create a leaf out of green felt.
- Sew your button onto one side of your apple piece. (It is much easier to do it at this stage.)
- Put the two apple side together, so that the button is on the outside and the sides match.
- Thread the green cotton thread onto the needle, knotting at the end and sew around the edge.
- 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.
- Thread the ribbon onto the keyring.
- 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 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.
- 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.