A Little Lanyard Tutorial

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm trying my hand at tutorials, and I thought I'd put one together for lanyards~quick and easy, also a great gift!
Let's jump right in. . .gather your supplies. Fabric and supplies given are enough to make 2 lanyards.

•8 charm squares (5" x 5" squares)
•Thread to match fabrics (bobbin thread needs to match your top thread)
•1/3 yard lightweight fusible stabilizer (I like Pellon 950F)
•Fabric marking tool (be sure it's water or air soluble)~nothing permanent
•2 large metal lobster swivel clasps (E50H~42mm x 25mm); I bought mine here.
•General sewy/quilty stuff (mat, ruler, rotary cutter, iron, sewing machine)

Stack the 8 charm squares one atop the next~nice and even. With your rotary cutter slice at the 2 1/2" mark.
Now you have 2 stacks of rectangles 2 1/2" x 5". Set one group aside.
With the remaining stack sew short ends together to form a 2 1/2" x 36 1/2" strip.

Press seams open~this will evenly displace the bulk of the seams.

Cut 2 strips of the fusible stabilizer 2 1/2" by the width (it comes on a 22" bolt). Ensure the "fusible" side of the stabilizer is laying against the wrong side of your fabrics. Place the stabilizer 1/4" to the inside of the strip and fuse to fabric.

When you near the opposite end of the strip cut the stabilizer 1/4" shy of the end of the strip.
Turn strip over with the right side facing you and press well, again.
Next, with wrong sides facing, press the strip in half along it's length.
Open your strip up and find the center line.
Along one length press outside edge in to meet the center line. Press well.
Repeat for other side.
Fold in half along original press line to bring the two folded edges together. Press well.
Slip the swivel clasp over one end of the strip.
Open up both ends of the strip, just enough for those raw edges to lay flat. Pin right sides together.
Stitch the two ends together~don't run over your pins.
Press your seam open. Fold and press along the center and bring the two folded edges together again.
To this point, your lanyard should look like this. Let's topstitch!
For top stitching, increase your stitch length to 3.0. We'll stitch the open ends first. Stitch 1/8" from the edge. Move your swivel clasp along the length of the lanyard as you stitch.
Backstitch to secure stitches.
Turn the lanyard over, and topstitch along the opposite length.
Press to set the stitches. Next, decide where you'd like the clasp to lay on your lanyard. Finger press in place.

Measure 3/4" from the point at which your clasp lies and using your fabric pen mark the measurement.
If your machine has a needle down function, set it now. Sew through all layers as indicated. From the mark sew 6 or 7 stitches away from the clasp along your previous topstitching. Pivot. Take 5 or 6 stitches across. Pivot. Come down toward the clasp 6 or 7 stitches. Pivot and across once again to the starting point. Pivot your needle to come across the diagonal of the box you've just formed. Pivot. Follow your topstitching one last time to the opposing corner, pivot your needle and come across the diagonal to form an "X" in the box. Done! Trim your threads and press to set your stitches.
Attach keys, identification badges or. . .

Have fun! Any questions, just shoot me an email! Happy stitching!


  1. Great tutorial and I can't wait to try this out!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. This is a great tutorial! I love how simple and quick you made this project look. Also love the idea of using charm squares, since I'm challenged with how to use my precuts. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant! I have sewn so many versatile skirts, thank you SO much for showing us these patterns, keep them coming!

  4. I'd like to adapt for a key fob - any suggestions for measurements? Really like the style and quick and easy instructions.

  5. I made 3 today! Really quick and easy with a professional result. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very detailed tutorial. Seems really easy to do with a little creativity and all the materials handy. :)

  7. I really need to make one. the pin on name tag I use bugs me and this looks easy enough, thanks for the tute.

  8. Thank you! I was always wondering how to finish those without all the bulk of folded fabric on the end ~ never thought of making a big loop! Can't wait to try this out :)

  9. This is a nice project however, it is not safe to wear. It can get caught on things and injure the wearer. To make is safe it has to be "breakaway". This is an easy addition. Cut the lanyard in the middle at the back of the neck and apply a magnetic closure like used on purses. I did this for my lanyard for my work badge.

  10. This is great, sometimes I go to work related conventions (gaming) with my husband, and am always stuck with ugly lanyards. I'm going to dissect a couple of them to make us pretty ones to take from now on! Tempting to see about making a wider one for Disneyworld for their pins too.

  11. Very good tutorial. As far as being safe or unsafe it depends on your job. I have never had a problem with mine but I am careful. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Super tutorial! I WILL be making these. Thank you!

  13. wow, i love it. i am going to be the envy of my office.

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  16. Great tutorial. As for it being too long for some sewers, why not eliminate a couple of the charm squares to make it shorter? I plan on doing this so that the lanyard can be worn over the wrist. Also plan adding an additional key ring above the clasp in case it is needed for another key.

    WARNING: NEVER put your house key with your car key or ID card.

  17. Great Tutorial! I am going to make some for my teens who are required to wear ID lanyards to school. I will have to use the breakaway clasp for the school regulations. Great teacher gifts too! Thank you.


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