Another adorable key pouch pattern to add to the series of the animal purse and pouch projects, please meet Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch, I hope you love it too. Kick start 2018 with all these lovely and cuteness overload animal themed projects really makes my days contented, I feel like I am back to the natures to get more inspirations. Click “Previous” at the bottom of the post (before the social media icons) to find out more recent posts that are related to this or you can view them at “You Might Like Them As Well” section. Expect more animalized projects coming soon.
A key pouch is a great key cozy as it prevents the keys from wandering around when you put them in the bag. When the keys are wandering in your bag or purse, there is a high tendency that they scratch the lining of your purse or tangle up with loose corded item like headphone wire, charger wire, necklace, hair band etc (I know it well as I always pull up a whole bunch of items from my purse when I get my keys, so embarrassing). If you make it with the lobster claw clasp as I did, you can simply hook it on the strap of your purse to become an ornament to decorate your purse or bag. The fabric key pouch is washable, just pop it into your washing machine while doing your ordinary laundry (remember to remove your keys before washing). Last but not least, you will get someone admires at you that you have such a cute extraordinary key pouch that is uniquely handmade by you…. and it is LIMITED EDITION!
Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch – Free Sewing Pattern
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Let’s talk about the detail of this little Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch, it measures around 4.5″ W x 3.75″ H, excluding the lobster claw clasp at the top of the key pouch. The key pouch can easily hold up to 8 normal keys, fully hidden inside and feeling cozy in there too **wink wink**. This key pouch design comes with a pocket at the back with a flap-closure, you may keep some small change in there as emergency money. The main materials are fabric (I used yarn dye fabric, just in case you want to know), felt and batting, black button eyes, a snap button for the pocket at the back, key ring, lobster claw clasp connected to a leather cord. Click to the next page for more details on the other items and their quantity you will need to sew this.
Often, I received photos from crafters that show me their version of work (thank you for showing me, I really love to see as many as you could show). I have got some interesting feedback saying that why they can’t make the animals looks exactly like mine. No worries if they don’t look exactly the same, no 2 handmade looks the same even from my own hand and this is the beauty of handmade. Look at our fingers, they all have different length but they have their own function, right? Your creation has your own style and character, that makes it unique. I always encourage my followers to go wild with my patterns, as wild as you can, you will be able to come out with your own design soon.
Put lots of love and patience in your handmade, do it slowly and don’t rush don’t get angry, enjoy every moment of the togetherness. This is my principle of handmade. Now you know why I seldom sell my handmade, as I don’t make them in bulk and each of them has my blessing in it. I rather giveaway to some I love and care about that money is beyond this relationship.
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Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: approximately 4.5″ (W) x 3.75″ (H)
(you may enlarge the template to make a larger key pouch)
Download: Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch Template
1. Fabric, Body – Green, approx 12″ x 9″
2. Fabric, Muzzle – Light Gray, approx 4.25″ x 6″
3. Fabric, Ears – Yellow, approx 3″ x 4″
4. Felt, Eyes – White, approx 2.5″ x 1.5″
5. Batting or Felt – approx 8.5″ x 10.5″
6. Button eye 9 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as eyes)
7. Key Ring, chain or cord, and Lobster Claw Clasp. The chain is 2″ long. The cord is about 5″ long.
8. Snap button for the back pocket
9. Embroidery Floss, Dark Brown
1. Sewing machine or you may hand sewn it
2. Sewing needle, pins, matching threads
5. Water Soluble / Erasable fabric marker, for light color fabric
6. White fabric marker, for dark color fabric
7. Tweezers (blunt tip) or any similar tool for turning small part inside out
8. Printer, 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock paper for the template and papers
Seam Allowance: 1/4″ on fabrics only, 3/4″ for the top edge of an open pocket, 1/8″ for batting. Sew before trimming to the desired seam allowance.
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch
Gather all supplies listed above and download the Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch Template. Print the templates on a cardstock paper and cut them out accordingly.
Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to the qty stated on each of the templates. The fabrics and batting have to be at least 1/2″ bigger (1/4″ on each side) than the template in width and length respectively.
For making an open pocket at the back of the coin purse, provision of 3/4″ seam allowance at the top of the back pocket is needed. This is for double folding of the raw edge at the top of the open pocket.
Trace the outline of the template on the wrong side of the fabric accordingly.
Double-fold the top edge of the open pocket and double topstitch with 1/4″ apart.
Mark the top edge of the back pocket on the right side of the back pouch body.
Place the pocket piece onto the back pouch piece, align the top edge to the marking line.
Make a few stitches on the seam allowance to secure the pocket in place.
Place batting on the table, follow by a piece of pouch body fabric and the pocket piece that you have just done, both fabric pieces are right side facing each other. Pin all these 3 pieces (batting and 2 pouch fabrics).
Sew around and leave an opening at the side of the purse but avoid the pocket area.
Trim the seam allowance of the batting to 1/8″ or as near to the sewing line. Trim fabric seam allowance to 1/4″.
Sew the other parts with the same method, by layering a batting or felt at the bottom of the 2 layers fabrics which is with right side facing each other. Trace the template on the top fabric piece which is with wrong side facing up.
Sew around and remember to leave an opening of a minimum 1 inch, the opening is for turning the piece inside out.
Trim the seam allowance of the pieces with 1/4″ for fabric and 1/8″ for batting or felt.
Turn pieces inside out and hand stitch to close the opening with a slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Press with a warm iron to smooth out the pieces if needed.
Mark the position of the eyes and ears patterns on the pouch that doesn’t have a pocket on it. You may mark by eyeballing position, trace the shape with an erasable fabric marker.
Sew around with matching color thread.
Mark the nose and mouth patterns on the muzzle then embroider them.
Mark the position of the muzzle and eyes on the purse. Sew around the muzzle with matching color thread. Take note that the muzzle piece extended below the pouch body. Use the printout to gauge the position of the muzzle on the pouch.
Sew on the button eyes.
Position and pin the pocket flap to the back piece of the purse then slip stitching around.
Sew snap button to the pocket. I use a sew-on magnetic snap button.
The completed front and back piece of the Monkey pouch before sewing up.
Layer the back pouch piece at the bottom, slip stitch around from marking to marking on both left and right side to complete the Ba Nana Monkey pouch.
Add a key chain to the Monkey pouch to make it into a key pouch. Insert the chain or cord through the top opening of the pouch, slip the key ring through the chain or cord to make up the keychain.
The chain I showed here is about 1.5″ long, but later I found that 2″ long will be easier to put your keys into the keyring.
Hope you have a great time sewing it. If you have a question, please feel free to ask in the comment area. If you find this pattern and tutorial is good, please rate it in the comment. If you have seen it, please show me via “contact us” or tag @craftpassion in social media, I love to see your work.
If you would like to make Ba Nana Monkey into coin purse, you may follow the instruction of Cherry Bunny, Boston Terrier, and Jack Russell coin purse method. The key pouch and the coin purse share the same pouch base.