Paper Pieced Quilted Key Chains

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 2-1/2"x2-1/2"


  • Cotton solid fabric scraps: bright pink; purple; bright blue; teal; lt. peach
  • Pink rocaille beads
  • White elastic, 1/4”
  • Metal key rings


  • Warm & White needled cotton batting
  • White thread: pearl cotton, #12; sewing; beading
  • Sewing machine
  • Needles: sewing; beading; embroidery

Pattern - Paper Pieced Quilted Key Chains

  • 1. Trace and cut out pattern. Make copy of pattern. One side of pattern is printed design (numbered pieces) and back of pattern is blank. All sewing is done on printed side of pattern along lines between pieces, using a tiny stitch. Fabric is on blank side between paper and sewing machine.
  • 2. To begin assembly, cut a piece of fabric larger than section #1. Place fabric against back of #1.
  • 3. Cut piece of fabric that is larger than section #2. Hold paper pattern up to light. Place fabric on top of section #1 so that edge of fabric is approximately 1/4" over line between #1 and #2. Stitch along line between #1 and #2. Trim fabric seam allowance 1/8" from stitching on section #2. Fold fabric over, covering section #2 and finger press flat against pattern.
  • 4. Continue sewing fabric sections on pattern in numerical order, cutting fabric larger than section, stitching along pattern line, trimming seam allowance, folding and finger pressing fabric over section.
  • 5. After all sections have been stitched, trim square along outside edges of pattern. Tear out paper sections one at a time.
  • 6. Use photo as guide and one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch, chain stitch, or feather stitch on quilt block. Use bead thread to sew beads to ends of embroidery stitches.
  • 7. Cut 3" square from batting and fabric (quilt back). Baste batting to wrong side of quilt block.
  • 8. Fold 1-1/2" elastic length in half. Sew elastic ends to bottom corner of quilt block on right side.
  • 9. Sew quilt front and back squares together with right sides facing, 1/4" from edges, leaving 1-1/2" opening along one side for turning (stitch securely on top of elastic). Trim seam allowance at corners. Turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.
  • 10. Attach elastic loop on quilt through metal key ring.