Show Off Saturday: Wrist Strap Keychains (free sewing tutorial)

After an unexpectedly stressful week, I needed some 'fun' sewing time yesterday. I needed to create... to pull fabrics and find ones that looked together; to follow a pattern (okay, it was my own Wrist Strap Keychain Sewing Tutorial, but I followed it anyway), and to feel the gratification of finishing a project and calling it 'good.'

Making these little trinkets was just what I needed. I only intended to sew 3, but I kept finding fabrics that would be perfect, so I cut enough for 7. I had to leave to go pick up my kids from school before they were all sewn, so my 10 year old daughter helped me finish sewing them. I loved working with her at one sewing machine and me at the other.

I think these will end up as Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, and others. It's always nice to have a basket of handmade goodies ready for gift giving around the holidays.

Here's a tip in case you try my Wrist Strap Keychain sewing tutorial... When I wrote it a couple years back I used my older Bernina 1530. Yesterday I used my newer Juki TL-2010Q and for some reason the fabric tried to pull unevenly as I topstitched the straps. I popped on the walking foot and the problem went away. Love that walking foot for sewing lots of layers! This strap design does have a lot of layers, but it isn't too much if you use a heavy duty needle (90/14 or 100/16). The finished strap has a nice sturdy feel to it

(In case you need some, I sell extras of the 1'' Swivel Snap Clips in my Etsy shop.)

Okay, now it's your turn... what will you share in our Show Off Saturday Linky Party? I love to see what my readers are sewing up, so please join in!

Remember, the most popular link-up (the one that gets the most clicks) will be spotlighted here on the SewCanShe blog next Friday.

An InLinkz Link-up

I would love it if you shared our linky party on your blog... here's a button to make it easy.

And don't forget to share the love and visit some of the other fun blogs in the party.

Please, no links to items for sale. Those links will be deleted. Thank you!

Happy Sewing!

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