Heart key chain

Denim love-heart key chain or a bag charm

DIY denim hearts

This raggy edge denim key chain is really good-looking and makes a cool gift for almost everyone! How nice to receive such gift that speaks for itself and can be used every single day!

The key chain is very easy to make and any beginner can sew it. It can be sewn by hand as well as by machine.


You will need:

Supplies to make denim heart key chain
  • Some denim. Preferably strong and non-elasticated, so that the raggy edges look good.
  • String (shoelace will do) – 12 cm.
  • Metal key loop.
  • Decorations – let your imagination run wild!
  • Filling.

First of all draw or print the heart shapes. You can free download and print this shape which I am using:

Free download and print heart shape pattern

If you set your printer on “Actual size”, you should have the exact size heart appearing on A4 paper.

Now you have the paper shapes, start with making the design of the front side. Sew on some lace or buttons. Let your imagination do the job. Or if you are making this raggy edge design, then join the leg edge with another piece of denim as shown below.

Place your paper shapes on the prepared pieces of denim. Make sure that the leg edge seam is diagonal. Cut around the paper shapes, adding 3-5 mm seam allowance. I use freezer paper, it is the best thing to work with shapes and patterns.

Sew it up

Fold the string in half and place the ends of it between the two pieces of front and back, so that they are tucked inside for about 1-2cm, to make sure they will be stitched in securely and will not fall out. You can put the metal ring right now or you can add it in the very end.

Sew a denim bag charm

Now stitch all three parts together making sure that the string sits in nicely, keep hold of it all with your fingers, and better do few stitches back and forth for strengthening. This is important, so that the string stays there for the long time of use.

Secure the string in place

Pin the two parts of the heart and stitch around as shown on the picture, leaving an opening on the side of about 2 cm. Stitch about 0,5 cm from the edge. Make sure that the start and the finish of your stitching is secured enough for the next step.

Stitch all the way around

Stuff the heart with filling through the opening (remember, you can use some stuffing from an old cushion). It is easier pushing the pieces of stuffing with a pencil or screwdriver or something like this.

Don’t stuff too much, just enough to fatten the heart. Too much stuffing will make it difficult to make the next step.

Stitch the opening up. And as you do, best is to go around your heart for the second time for strengthening !!!

You can do all this by hand too!

sew along

Finishing touches

The love-heart keychain is ready! Just need to rag it up and put the keyring on. To rag it up, harshly doss the heart in your hands, rub it against your palms and so on…

Rub the edges

For a more professional effect, do the same but wet the edges with water! Or take a piece of cloth, wet it and rub along those edges. Don’t worry, if it will survive this distress test, it will surely last! Trim off loose threads and let to dry.

Cut the excess off

Feed the metal ring through the string loop, which you’ve just made. TIP I usually open up one end of the ring with help of a flat screw driver and then, keeping the screwdriver in, feed along in circles.

How to attach the metal keyring in seconds and pain free:

Hurrah! You have made a super lovely and TRENDY DENIM ACCESSORY!

I think now, you know how, you can make many more! I am sure everyone of your friends or family would love such gift! Add some other décor, try other styles, you can add buttons, lace or join different shades of denim… And you can try some other shapes too! Be creative!

Emo love heart key chain
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Or how about making a star shape key-chain?

Or even Xmas tree decorations?

Those Xmas tree decorations are made in exactly the same way as the hearts. Simple and so cute, they will make a very nice addition to your sustainable Christmas or be a nice little gift to eco-thinkers.

Download the file below to print the shapes of snowman, cat, tree and heart.

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I love it when people are creating! This is such an excitement! I would love to see what you have made too! Show me on Instagram 😉 by tagging me @makeitindenim

16 thoughts on “Heart key chain

    1. Hi, Margaret! Yes, it might go well to sell as a small item. I am glad to inspire you! Thanks for the message 🙂

  1. Great idea, I’ve been saving denim for a long time. I may make them bigger and do potpourri with a loop long enough to go around a hanger.

    1. Hey, your idea is good too! Thank you for the comment and enjoy the making! Feel free to send me a photo!

  2. i have been wanting to statt making hearts to place in different places around town with the Found a Heart poem.
    also it would be easier if you put your key ring on before you sew it together. saves you a step!!

    1. Hey! The idea of a poem is totally awesome! How are you going to attach the poem to the heart?
      The key ring is left till last step, because some people are only beginners and for them it will only be a distraction. But otherwise, yes, you are right!

  3. so very cute. i will so make these for my booth. winter snowman will be high on my list of must dos

  4. These are some of the greatest ideas. I can’t wait to make. I do have some cut up jeans I can use. Thank you so much for these ideas. I can definitely see where a couple of these would be great gifts for teens. I can see where they would love these and think they were so cool! 🙂

    1. Hi, Pamela! Thank you so much for the comment! I am so happy that you like the love hearts!!!

  5. Before I even read to the bottom of your post I was contemplating Christmas ornaments. I was delighted when I saw that suggestion at the bottom. Thank you for very easy to follow instructions! I just read the post on making reusable gift bags and loved it too! Thank you for posting / sharing! If you ever decide to make an apron from old jeans, I would be so eager to read that post and maybe even try it!

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