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Mar 11, 2013

10-Minute Sewing Project: How to Sew a Lanyard

Mar 11, 2013
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Lanyard Tutorial cover

Who doesn't love a quick and easy project?  I sure do!  And since I needed to replace the lanyard I had, I thought I'd do a quick tutorial for you all.  You'll probably spend more time choosing what fabric to use than actually making this lanyard.

Materials.
  • 3 3/4" x width of fabric (wof) strip*
  • 1" swivel hook
  • coordinating thread
*The width of the fabric strip will depend upon the size of the swivel hook.  I am using a 1" hook, pictured on the right and middle below.  If you are using a smaller hook (pictured left), cut your fabric strip 1/4" less than 4 x the width of your hook.  (i.e. for the 1" inch hook, 4 * 1" - 1/4" is 3 3/4".  for a 1/2" hook, 4 * 1/2" - 1/4" is 1 3/4".)


lanyard tutorial hardware

1.  Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise and press to create a crease in the center of the strip.
lanyard tutorial step 1

2.  Open the strip.  This time fold the outside edge to meet the pressed center line.  Press.
lanyard tutorial step 2

3.  Repeat this process of folding and pressing with the other side of the fabric strip.
lanyard tutorial step 3

4.  Fold the unit from step 3 in half again, tucking the unfinished edges inside the strip.  Press and pin in place.
lanyard tutorial step 4

5.  Topstitch 1/8" away from the edge on both sides of the strip.
lanyard tutorial step 5
This will give the strip a nice finished look.
lanyard tutorial step 6

6.  Fold the strip in half, bringing the two raw edges together.  Slip the swivel hook over the two raw ends.  Next, fold the ends over first 1/2" to tuck raw edges inside, then fold again 1 1/2".
landyard step 7 collage
7.  Stitch a square with an X through it to secure.  **Hint** if you have a walking foot for your sewing machine, it really helps sew over all the layers.  I definitely recommend it for this step.
lanyard tutorial step 8

And here I am modeling my new lanyard...  I use one all the time for my keys.  It seems I am always carrying 8 things in the parking lot - a baby, grocery bags, holding a little hand, packages, our to-go order from Panera, etc. - and knowing exactly where my keys are and having them easily accessible makes life a little easier for me... :)
lanyard tutorial step 9

Hope you enjoy this quick project!
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14 comments:

  1. Great much needed tutorial. Thank you for shareing it with us.

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  2. Thanks! I have some of those swivel hooks already. This would be a great little stocking stuffer or coaches' gift.

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  3. Holy Cow! Three kids and look at that flat stomach! Oh yeah, the lanyard is nice too ;)

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    1. I *might* be sucking it in just a little Loretta.... :) ha ha!

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  4. Where did you get your swivel hooks? They are much prettier than the ones I have been able to find. :-)

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    1. I believe I bought these just at Joann's in the purse making section. I know etsy has nice swivel hooks too!

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  5. Great tutorial! Just one question I see the width of fabric you use, but what length did you use? Thanks!

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    1. For the length, cut across the width of your fabric from selvage to selvage. Remove the selvages and you're set to go. The strip should be about 42"-44". Hope this helps!

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  6. What kind of material did you use?

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    1. Just standard quilting cotton. This print is Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy reprint.

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  7. Thank you so very much for your easy to follow tutorial!

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  8. Oh wow, mine just kicked the bucket! I just bought a new one for $5.00, one that is so ugly generic! I can't wait to make one for each of the changing holidays! You are awesome,! Tfs!

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  9. Great tutorial. I needed an across the body strap to carry a water bottle so adapted your really simple tutorial. I added a 1" strip of wadding,for comfort, sewed and extra line down the centre of the strap to hold the wadding in place, and made it slightly longer. Worked a treat. Thank You

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