Tutorial: Lanyard

Finished Lanyard
Finished Lanyard

I wanted a certain kind of lanyard for my quilt guild nametag. I wanted my nametag to be near my shoulder so people could really see it. I also wanted some options to hang things from it, like a pouch for id, money, etc.

Make this lanyard fit your personality.

Supplies

  • sewing machine in good working order
  • ironing kit
  • thread
  • fabric
  • basic sewing kit (BSK)
  • pins
  • WonderClips
  • Shape Flex fusible interfacing (scraps are perfectly fine)
  • 2 circle metal rings (D ring or similar will work also)
  • 1 metal hanging clip

Directions
Wash and press your fabric

Cut 2" strip
Cut 2″ strip

1. Cut a piece of fabric 40″ x 2″. You can adjust the length to fit your height, neck size, etc.

Cover with interfacing
Cover with interfacing

2. Layout your strip on the ironing board wrong side up. Cover the wrong side of the fabric with Shape Flex (or similar) interfacing. I usually cut the interfacing so it only goes with about 1/8″ from the edge. This reduces bulk.

**Note the Christmas light fabric was what was laying on my ironing board at the time I took the photo.

Fold in half
Fold in half

3. Fold your ShapeFlex covered strip in half, wrong sides together, and press so the edges match up.

Fold ends
Fold ends

4. Fold both ends up about 1/8″ (WST). This will finish the ends.

**Note: I don’t know what that tool is or where I got it, but I use it to keep from burning my fingers when I iron.

5. Open the strip you have just pressed down the middle.

Fold towards to center
Fold towards to center

6. Fold both raw edges towards the center. Don’t fold past the center pressed line.

Folded lanyard piece
Folded lanyard piece

6A.  Once you have pressed both raw edges towards the center, repress the whole strip together on the center line.

Topstitch around entire strip
Topstitch around entire strip
Topstitch around fabric - detail
Topstitch around fabric – detail

7. Topstitch around the whole strip using a matching thread. Of course, you can use whatever color you want, so do that. Make the piece interesting.

Topstitching encloses the whole strip so there are no raw edges visible.

Mark with a pin
Mark with a pin

8. Mark 9.5″ up from the end with a pin. This will be your sewing line, which will create the lace to clip your name tag.

Fold at 10.25"
Fold at 10.25″

9. Fold that same end at 10.25″ and insert a ring or D Ring.

Clip to hold ends together
Clip to hold ends together

10. Clip piece with a WonderClip to keep everything together while you sew.

Sew on marked line
Sew on marked line

11. Sew on your marked line. I sew between the top stitched lines. The ring will need to face out so you can clip your name tag on to it and it will not be covered by the lanyard.

Fold ends up 1"
Fold ends up 1″
Make sure hardware is on the same side as upper ring
Make sure hardware is on the same side as upper ring

12. Fold each end up 1″. Make sure that the fold on the same side as the upper ring is to the back.

Add hardware
Add hardware
Add hardware and clip ends
Add hardware and clip ends

13. Add a circle ring to one end and clip with a WonderClip.

Clip end to prep for sewing
Clip end to prep for sewing

14. Add the metal hanging clip to the other end and clip with a WonderClip.

15. Adjust the ends so the circle ring does not clank against the hanging metal clip when you wear it. If it does it will drive you crazy. If it doesn’t bother you, it will drive someone with auditory sensitivity crazy. I always adjust the hanging metal clip  to be the longer end.

Sew First End Together
Sew First End Together

16. Sew the end of the hanging metal clip closed. Bury  or clip threads.

Sew Layers Together
Sew Layers Together
Sew Layers Together
Sew Layers Together

17. Now, carefully sew all the rest of the layers together. I sew the end with the ring using a square stitch pattern to reinforce all the layers of the lanyard.

Finished Lanyard detail
Finished Lanyard detail

Clip your nametag on, hang your pouch and you are ready to rock.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

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