How to Make a Fabric Neck Lanyard

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A lanyard is a strap with a clip on the end used to hang items such as keys or an ID card around your neck. Lanyards keep your these items visible and secure but readily accessible. You can easily make a fabric neck lanyard at home. Choose lightweight cotton fabric for durability and comfort, and a lanyard clip that both closes securely and is easy to open. Make an assortment of lanyards to celebrate upcoming holidays, complement your wardrobe or to give as gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Lanyard clip
  • Press the fabric with an iron to remove wrinkles.

  • Drape the measuring tape around your neck and measure to determine the desired length of the lanyard strap. Add 1 1/2 inches to this measurement. Cut a strip of fabric that is this length, and 4 inches wide.

  • Fold over 1/4 inch of fabric to the backside at each end of the strip, and press into place with an iron.

  • Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, with the raw edges even. Press a crease along the fold.

  • Open the fabric strip and fold one raw edge to the inside to meet the crease, and press. Repeat this process with the other raw edge to create a strip of fabric that is one inch wide and four layers thick. Pin the layers together along the length of the strip.

  • Sew close to the folded edges and ends around the perimeter of the fabric strip. You should now have a strip of fabric that is finished on all four edges.

  • Slip one end of the fabric strip through the non-clip end of the lanyard clip. Overlap the ends of the fabric one inch and stitch an "X" across the square area formed by the overlap. Be sure the fabric strip is not twisted before sewing the ends together.

  • Hold the fabric up by the overlapped area and slide the lanyard clip to the center of the strip opposite the overlap. Pin the fabric strip neatly together just above the lanyard clip and stitch across all layers of fabric.

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