Tutorial: Jet Set Willy Cross Stitch Key Ring

Do you remember Jet Set Willy? If not here’s a little reminder:

Ages ago I made a little tribute, a key ring with Willy on one side and Maria on the other (the identity of Maria seems to be disputed – some think she’s Willy’s wife, others his Mum or his Housekeeper). Here’s how to make it.

Jet Set Willy - FinishedJet Set Willy - Finished

You will need:

  • An empty key ring case. You can get these from craft stores.
  • Embroidery thread in the right colour: I used magenta and cyan. Those classic ZX Spectrum colours.
  • Black felt
  • Waste canvas
  • Needle
  • Scissors


Maria Pattern

Jet Set Willy pattern

More Jet Set Willys

Get your thread ready and cut out a piece of waste canvas slightly bigger than your key ring shape. Following the pattern, start sewing over the waste canvas onto the black felt.

Jet Set Willy - Step 1

When it’s completed, start to gently pull out the waste canvas.

Jet Set Willy - Step 2 Jet Set Willy - Step 3 Jet Set Willy - Step 4

There she is in all her pointing glory.

Do the same with Willy

Jet Set Willy - Step 5

Carefully cut out the circles to fit into the key ring. There is usually a piece of thin card inside the key ring that you can use as a template.

Jet Set Willy - Step 6

Put the circles in back to back and pop the cover on. You’re done!

Jet Set Willy - Finished
Jet Set Willy - Finished

Now sit back and wait for the compliments from geeks of a certain age.

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