Here comes another adorable key pouch pattern to add to the series of Craft Passion animal-themed purse and pouch designs. Please meet Ba Nana, the Monkey Key Pouch, I hope you love it too. Doesn’t he look like the famous Sock Monkey, Marcho?
Kickstarting 2018 with all these lovely and cuteness overloads animal-themed designs really makes my days contented, I feel like I am back to the natures to get more inspirations.
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A key pouch (sometimes called a key cozy, a key holder, or a key purse) is a great key holder 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 lovely purse or tangled up with loose corded items like headphone wire, charger wire, necklace, hair band, etc. I knew it well as I always pull up a whole bunch of items from my purse to get my keys, so embarrassing.
If you installed a lobster claw clasp together with a keyring as I did, you can simply hook the key holder on the strap of your purse to become a purse charm 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 to admire your cute extraordinary key holder that is uniquely handmade by you…. and it is a LIMITED EDITION designer key pouch!
Monkey Key Pouch Sewing Pattern
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Let’s talk about the detail of this little Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch pattern, 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 😀. Besides, this pouch pattern 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-dyed fabric, just in case you want to know), felt and batting, black button eyes, a snap button for the pocket at the back, a keyring, lobster claw clasp connected to a leather cord. Get more details in the pouch pattern section on the other items and their quantity you will need to sew this.
Often, I received photos from crafters to show me their version of work (thank you for showing me, I really love to see as many as you could show). I have some interesting feedback saying that they can’t make the animals look exactly like mine. No worries if they don’t look the same; no two handmade looks the same even from my own hand, and this is the beauty of handmade. Your creation has your own style and character, which makes it unique. I always encourage my followers to go wild with my patterns; as wild as you can, you will be able to soon come out with your own design.
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. That’s 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 somewhat giveaway to some I love and care about. Money is beyond this relationship.
Guess who is coming up next!
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 on social media: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I love to see your Monkey Key Pouch or Key Holder.
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.
- Fabric, Body – Green, approx 12″ x 9″
- Fabric, Muzzle – Light Gray, approx 4.25″ x 6″
- Fabric, Ears – Yellow, approx 3″ x 4″
- Felt, Eyes – White, approx 2.5″ x 1.5″
- Batting or Felt – approx 8.5″ x 10.5″
- Button eye 9 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as eyes)
- Keyring, chain or cord, and Lobster Claw Clasp. The chain is 2″ long. The cord is about 5″ long.
- Snap button for the back pocket
- Embroidery Floss, Dark Brown
- Sewing machine, or you may hand sewn it
- Sewing needle, pins, matching threads
- Water Erasable fabric marker, for light color fabric
- White fabric marker, for dark color fabric
- Tweezers (blunt tip) or any similar tool for turning small part inside out
- Printer, 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock paper for the template and papers
- Gather all supplies listed above and download the Ba Nana Monkey Key Pouch Template. Print the templates on cardstock paper and cut them out accordingly.
- Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to the quantity 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.
Cut eyepiece out from felt without any seam allowance needed.
For making an open pocket at the back of the key pouch, 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.
- Sew an open pocket at the back of the monkey key pouch:
Double-fold the top edge of the open pocket and double topstitch with 1/4″ apart.
Referring to the template, mark the top edge of the back pocket on the right side of the back piece of the 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.
- Sew key pouch back piece:
Place batting on the table, followed by a piece of pouch body fabric with the right side facing up. Then place the pocket pouch piece on it with the right side facing down. Pin all 3 pieces together (batting and 2 pouch fabric pieces).
Sew around and leave an opening at the side of the pouch 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 pouch front piece, ears, muzzle, and pocket flap with the same method, i.e. by layering a batting or felt at the bottom of the 2 layers fabrics which is with the right side together.
- 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.
- Sew monkey face on the front piece:
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 pouch. Sew around the muzzle with a 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 pouch 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.
- Sew to join front and back pieces:
Place both front and back pouch pieces together with inside together. Sew them together with a slip stitch, from marking to marking on both left and right sides 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.
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.
I used Japanese Yarn Dyed fabric to sew this Monkey key pouch.
Purchase the exact same material and tool used in this pattern from Craft Passion Shop.