Swivel Leather Key Fob





Introduction: Swivel Leather Key Fob

In this guide I will show how I made my basic Swivel Leather Key Fob. It is a really project and can be done with minimal tools. For a detailed video please check my YouTube Channel. I was fed up of my key scratching my phone screen so decided to make this to prevent that and keep them organised.

For this you will need;

  • Strap of Leather
  • 15mm Binding Post
  • Rubber Washers
  • Hole Puncher
  • Knife
  • Edge Beveller

Step 1: Cut Leather to Size

I got my keys together, and using the largest key I measured how long the leather needed to be. I am using a predyed veg tan leather strap that is 32mm wide and 2.4mm thick. I held the longest key near the edge, folded it over so there would be enough room for the key to swivel but still be a tight fit. Over time the leather will loosen a little so best to go on the tight side to start with.

I then took my sharp knife and cut the leather to length.

Step 2: Round & Bevel

I took a small 5pence coin and used it as a template to round over the corners the the strap. This gives the leather a nice round look and sits more comfortably in my pocket. This is actually the second one I have made, the first time I didn't do this and it looks great as well, I just wanted to try something different.

Once that was done I took my edge beveller and went round all the edges, top and bottom.

Step 3: Punch & Stack

I took my longest key again and marked where to punch the holes. I probably could have been a bit more accurate and perfectly measured the centre here, but I just eye-balled it and it worked out just fine. I used 15mm binding posts that are around 4mm thick, so just used the 4mm cutter on my hole punch.

I then put the binding post through the hole and started to place my keys on. In between each key I just used a rubber washer, this helps separate the keys from each other making it easier to swivel them out when you need.

Once that was done I just screwed the end cap on tightly.

Step 4: You're Done!

That's it. This project is really easy to do and quite fast. You can make it longer or shorter if wanted, or choose any other colour. I would have liked a more narrow cut, but they electric fob for my office is quite wide and I didn't want it poking out the edges.
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Maybe a small magnet could hold all keys in place...

It looks really cool and also useful, nice job. I have one question though. Do you think it is a good idea to add some kind of spring so you always have some tension on the keys or does that ruin something?

Thanks! Could do, might be something to try next time. I like the idea of them springing out like a flick knife. But they are quite tightly held in so don't come out until you physically pull them. The first attempt I used 20mm binding posts and it was way too loose. Glad you enjoyed it though :)

I don't mean a spring to flick them out, but a spring over the binding posts so it "pushes" the keys to one side. That way it doesn't really matter if the leather doesn't have a tight fit.