Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lanyard Tutorial

Over the weekend, I made lanyards for my daughters for their first day of school today.  Due to the new security measures at their school, they each have a key fob to get into the doors of the different buildings at school.  These were not hard to make and I realized with other students and teachers going back to school soon that a tutorial on how to make them would be appropriate!

Here are the ones that I made for my girls:

And here is the one that we will be making today in this tutorial.

So, let's get started!

Materials Needed:

One piece of fabric that measures 3" x 39" - I cut mine going across the grain (or going from selvage to selvage) but depending on the fabric and the colors, you may want to cut it the length of the fabric.  For my daughters rainbow chevron lanyard, I had to cut three pieces of fabric and sew them together to get 39" so that all of the colors would show.

Thread to match your fabric

Hardware - I used a keychain ring and a 1" lobster clasp.  I normally see lanyards with both of these pieces sewn in so they can both be used for keys and a name tag.  My daughters only have a key fob so I attached the keychain ring to the lobster clasp as the fob is attached to the ring. You can use whatever hardware you feel will be most useful to the wearer.

Fusible Interfacing (optional) - I used Pellon 911ff

Sewing Your Lanyard:

1. Take your long strip of fabric to the ironing board and lay it wrong side up.  Fold both of the long  sides towards the center of the strip so they just meet. Iron these long sides towards the center all the way down your strip.

Now fold this piece in half again matching the folded edges with one another.

2.  This step is OPTIONAL.  If you are using thin fabric or want your lanyard to be a little sturdier, then let's go ahead and apply fusible interfacing to the inside of this strip before we sew it together.  Open up your strip of fabric and cut strips of interfacing that will lay just over the two center folds of the lanyard.  If you interface all of it, it will be extra thick and hard to sew through so we will just interface the center.  This is a great way to use up scraps of fusible interfacing that you may have laying around and it doesn't have to be perfect...we are just trying to add some stiffness to the lanyard.  I did not interface my daughter's lanyards but did on this brown one.

Go ahead and re-fold and re-iron the strip if needed.

3.  Take your hardware pieces and add them to your strip.  I slid my keychain ring and a clasp onto my strip of fabric.

4.  Take the short ends of your fabric and unfold them.  Lay them flat and on top of each other with the right sides (pretty sides) facing each other.  Make sure your fabric strip is not twisted!  Pin these in place...in theory the folds should match up but they may not...no worries if they don't. 

Sew across these two short ends using 1/4" seam allowance.

Take your strip over to the iron and re-fold and iron everything back into place in the area of where you just sewed.

5.  Your strip of fabric is now sewn into a circle and it should lay flat and not twisted.  We are going to sew along each edge of the lanyard to topstitch it in place.  I used a little longer stitch length (2.6mm..you can even use 3mm) as it is a little thicker.  Using thread that really matches well with your fabric, sew close to one of the long sides of your lanyard.  Slide the hardware out of the way when you come to them.  You will have to work to keep the edges of your fabric together as you sew them as the bottom layer will try to pull through faster so be mindful of that.

Now do the same to the other side of your lanyard.

Here is how it looks with both sides stitched:

6.  Find the sewn short seam in your lanyard and push your hardware down near it while folding the lanyard in half.

With the right edge of your presser foot just touching your hardware, sew across your lanyard and then back and forth several times to make sure it is secure.

Here is what mine looks like after sewing the hardware in place:

And you are done!  How easy was that!  If you decide to make some, I would love to see pictures!  You can post them on the Facebook page HERE.

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