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Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and getting lots of sewing done! If you haven’t entered into my blog hop give-away, go check it out here! You have until September 6th to enter.

I have recently started my fall semester at college this year, and I found a lanyard at the bookstore with the school’s name on it for 25$! As much as I would love to demonstrate my school pride, I was not interested in paying so much for such a simple device. (especially with the large amount of money I just spent on my school books!) I went home, and dug through my scrap bag and after a few failed attempts, I came up with a unique style that is perfect for the quilter in me.

The finished project will be 1″ wide. Adjusting the length of your strip can give you longer or shorter lanyards. I had some scraps left over so I also made a few keychain size ones! (** please forgive me for switching between different colored pieces in my tutorial, It was hard to keep track while making them all! All of the strips in these pictures are the same length and width.)

You will need:

Scraps, 4″ wide (to make a solid color, you just need a 4″ wide strip as long as your measurement from the first step in “Assembly”)
1″ Key ring or other hardware of your choosing (I got a grab bag of findings from Hobby Lobby for about 1$)
Matching thread
Tape measure
Iron and ironing board

Assembly:

1. Take a tape measure, pretend it is a lanyard and use it to measure how long you would like your finished piece to be.  From the point where the end meets, add 3″. (ex, my measurement was 44″, add 3, your final measurement is 47″)

This is how the 47″ finished piece falls on me.

2. Seam your 4″ scraps together until you have a strip as long as your measurement. Press your seams open. (pressing to one side will add lots of bulk and make it difficult to sew together)

3. Press your strip in half lengthwise.

4. Open your strip, and press each side into the middle using your pressed line as a guide.

5. Press again down your strip with both of the sides folded in together.

6. Now head over to the sewing machine. Sew as close as you can to the edge (approx. 1/8″) all the way down the open side of your strip. (***make sure your edges are together!) I like to use a zipper foot for this step so I can see exactly where I am sewing. Once you finish the open side, turn your strip around and sew down the other side the same way, as close to the edge as you can.

7. Take your lanyard and lay it out flat. Put the ends together and flip one side so your lanyard lays like this. This will allow your lanyard to lay flat against your chest while wearing it.  Put a pin about 7 inches up from the bottom to hold it together in this position.

sewn on both sides

Finishing your lanyard:

1. Pull your hardware through one of the ends of your lanyard and fold the fabric up over it, about 1.5″ to 2″.

2. Fold the other side up, and stagger it slightly so it does not fold over where the hardware is.

Make sure your raw edges are even.

3. At your sewing machine, switch back to your normal presser foot if you switched and lay your lanyard underneath. Sew a square to secure your edges together, back stitch a few times at the beginning and the end. (***Please be careful and go slowly, you don’t want to accidentally sew over your hardware and break your needle.) When you come to an edge, leave your needle down and pick up your presser foot. Pivot your lanyard and sew again.

 

4. Trim your threads and you are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions feel free to ask here in the comments or contact me through my email. Until next time, Happy Quilting everyone!

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