Stitched Fruit Slice Keychain

By Melissa Galbraith  

Fruity Embroidery!

Hi, I’m Melissa Galbraith, the fiber artist behind MCreativeJ. I was born and raised in the desert of Washington state, where my mother instilled a love of making things by hand at an early age. From papier mache to quilting to stitching, if there was a craft, we tried it together. This fruit slice keychain reminds me of something we would have made during my childhood. It’s a quick project that makes an excellent accessory to an everyday item, like your keys!. 

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Online Workshop 5/9: Floral Embroidery 


Online Workshop 5/25: Draw With Thread


Online Workshop 6/24: Desert Landscape Pin


Step 1: Cut Your Felt


Cut a 5x5 inch square of craft felt and place it inside the embroidery hoop

Step 2: Place your transfer


Gently peel away the water-soluble transfer paper backing. Place the design, sticky side down, onto the felt.


Step 3: Stitch your fruit slice

Starting with the outline color, thread the embroidery needle and knot the end. Use the back stitch to fill in the rind of the fruit slice. 

Next, thread the embroidery needle with the inner fruit color. You can outline each fruit section using the back stitch or fill in the pattern using the long and short satin stitch.

Step 4: Cut out your design


When you are done stitching, remove the felt from the embroidery hoop. Trim the felt  ¼ inch away from the stitching.   

To remove the water-soluble transfer design, run the felt under warm water. The transfer paper should dissolve. Let the embroidered felt air dry or dry with a blow-dryer (this is much faster if you don’t like waiting, like me).

Step 5: Assemble the pieces!

Sandwich the sewn end of the rectangle between the two half circles of felt. Using the threaded embroidery needle, sew the back stitch, around the outer edge of the three pieces so they are all sewn together.  

Finally, attach the keychain ring to the loop and enjoy! 


Wasn’t that a fun quick stitch? I love a project that comes together all in one sitting. There’s a sense of accomplishment from finishing a craft all in one go. And now you have a one-of-a-kind fruit slice for your keys! Now the question is will you save this for your keys? Use it for the house sitter’s keys? Gift it to a new driver or homeowner? Love this DIY project and want more? Melissa shares monthly tutorials, embroidery tips, and inspiration on her blog at



was born and raised in the desert of Washington state, where her mother instilled a love of making things by hand. She draws inspiration from the desert and plants to create whimsical and modern fiber art. 


Henry Nichols said:

Very nice tutorial! Thank you very much for sharing.

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