I love skeleton keys. They always seem to pop up – as necklaces, on flea markets or even on Moleskin Journals. When you think about it, isn’t it really hard to throw a key away? Any key for that matter. As if they still belong to a door waiting to be opened. (Well I can’t throw out unremarkable keys either. Maybe I’m still hoping my house key I lost weeks ago will still turn up one day.)
Skeleton keys also make a nice bag closure. Instead of zippers, or buttons. Want to give it a try?
1. Buy (or find) a skeleton key.
2. Draw a little key hole where you want it to be on your bag.
3. Cut the shape of a keyhole (if you have a lining you’ll have to cut through both layers) and make sure you don’t cut it too big. You can always adjust later.
4. Thread you needle with buttonhole thread and sew around your buttonhole with a back stitch.
5. Stitch your keyhole with a tight blanket stitch using the back stitch outline as a guide. Check the shape of your keyhole frequently and insert the key to make sure it fits through.
5. Attach string to the key (I had some elastic for the black bag and made a string from linen fabric for the red one)
6. Attach string to the bag (3rd picture)
7. Pull key through the keyhole and you are done.