How to Finish a Gimp Lanyard

Gimp is a flexible plastic lace used to make lanyards and keychains.
Gimp is a flexible plastic lace used to make lanyards and keychains. (Image: scoubidou image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)

In order to create a lanyard out of gimp, one must take specific steps to finish the project correctly. Each type of stitch used when making a lanyard has a corresponding way to finish the job. The square stitch, most widely used in lanyard making, has an easy closing stitch that requires only a four step process. When done correctly, the square completion stitch leaves the lanyard well sealed and professional looking.

Things You'll Need

  • Unfinished lanyard
  • Scissors

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Make one last square stitch on the lanyard by taking the strand on the right side and crossing it over to the left side above the left strand. Move the strand on the bottom left over to the right. Lift the bottom strand over the strand that goes to the right and thread it under the strand that goes to the left. Move the top strand over the strand going to the right and thread it under the strand going to the left. Leave this stitch loose for finishing.

Move one strand around the strand to its left. Push the strand up through the middle of the stitch and out. Take the next strand to the left (the one you just went around) and move it around the strand to its left. Push the strand up through the middle of the stitch and out. Continue with the next strand on the left, move it around the strand on its left and up through the middle of the stitch. Move the last strand around the strand on its left (since all but this strand rest in the center you will need to watch carefully to make sure to go around the correct strand) and up into the middle of the stitch.

Pull the four strands that now rest in the middle all together to tighten them. Pull one strand at a time now to make them even and tighter. Trim the ends of your strands to the length you prefer.

Tips & Warnings

  • This article focuses on finishing the square stitch used most widely for lanyard making. To find finishing instructions for other stitches, Boondoggleman.com and Laneyards.com both provide excellent instructions.

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