Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to Make a Lanyard

This is out last “Back to School” project that we have. I was a middle school teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom. We would have to wear an id badge and have our keys. Our school gave us a lanyard to wear in our school colors (orange and black) but I always wanted to have something a bit cuter. So this is for all the teachers out there!
  • an old lanyard (we are going to use the clip and the hook off of it. You could also buy the pieces new)
  • Six 2.5 X 9 inch strips of coordinating fabric
  • thread
  • sewing machine
1.) Sew FIVE of your strips together end to end to make a long strip. Save the last piece for later.
2.) Fold in half the long way (right sides together) and sew to make a long tube.
3.) fold you extra strip in half the long way (right sides together)and sew to make a tube.
3.) using a safety pin turn your tube right side out (by pushing the safety pin through and pulling it out.)
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You should have something that looks like this!
4.) top sew two lines on each strip.DSC01309
5.) Fold the end of each side over about 1/4 of an inch and sew a hem.
Now you should have a long strip and a short strip and the lanyard parts.
6.) Fold the long strip in half and push both end through one side of the clip.
7.) Fold over one side of the strip over the other and sew it finishing the edge.
8.)now fold over the clip and sew through all four layers. I got back and forth to reinforce the seam.DSC01313
9.) With the short strip. feed one of the ends through the metal clip.
10.) Feed the other end through the other clip and fold to over lap the end from the other clip.
11.) Sew a box with an X though all the layers.
Now you have a cute and trendy lanyard! DSC01317


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Sara said...

This is cute! Might even be cute enough to make me get over myself and my sewing phobia...

Linds said...

SO GREAT! ANd LOVE the material! Thanks for sharing!Come check out my TRANSOFORMATION end table at DIY DAY!

LiEr said...

Love the fabrics you picked out for this and the reusable snack bags! And I don't usually like prints, but I really like these. What fun projects you've been doing - very useful for school! Thank you for posting these tutorials. Groan - school. End of summer. Sniff.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

This is such a fantastic tutorial! I almost feel like I could make one myself which is saying A LOT. Could you do a tutorial on how to work the sewing machine. No. Seriously. I have one and it scares me.

Anne said...

Great project!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

Anonymous said...

This is a very clear tutorial, and fairly straightforward. I'm an experienced sewer, but I'm always looking for simpler projects to do with my daughter, who's still a beginner. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, i would have saved a fortune making them myself! i've just bought a load of promo lanyards for my small business my logo on. if only i had your sewing skills.

Gwen said...

Great tutorial! I linked to it on my site:


I hope you'll check it out and see what you think. :)


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