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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Lanyard:.

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Being a former teacher myself, it's always nice when students and parents take time to say thank you. There's lots of fun, cutesy ideas out there, but sometimes the best things to give a teacher are practical things that will actually get used! I thought it would be fun to whip up a lanyard - you can have lots of fun picking out fabric for it, they are super easy, and even if it's not for a teacher - something you can use for yourself! I love having my keys on one!

Here's what you need to get started:

- piece of fabric (mine is 3" x 36")
- sewing machine/accessories
- lanyard hook
- book ring/split ring or some other type of ring

Take your strip of fabric, and fold it in half length wise, right sides together.

Sew down the entire long edge, back stitching at the beginning and end.

Take one end of your tube, and fold it so that your seam is now in the middle. Sew along the short side. Clip your corners, being careful not to cut your seams!

Use a pen or pencil to push the tube right side out.

Iron the tube flat, also ironing the unfinished end seams inside so that the raw edges aren't out anymore.

Stitch along your middle seam.

Top stitch along your outer edge, closing up the remaining end of your strip.

Take your two ends, and fold them over your ring with your lanyard hook attached.. Sew the ends down.

For a mommy, attach your keys on there!

This makes a great 'toy' for smaller kids stuck in a shopping cart at the store!

And perfect for a teacher to wear with a badge! (Why yes, that is my large pregnant belly my keys are resting on. Pretend the keys are a badge if you're envisioning this for a teacher.)

If you prefer to have your lanyard skinnier, you could either fold it over again before top stitching, or just make the width smaller when cutting your fabric.

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  1. Love! I need to make this for my gym ID.

  2. This is a good idea. It would be so nice to see you at our link party Crafty lassie Tuesday at http://sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com/ Also, we are having a cool give a way and it is so easy to enter. Hope to see you there.
    Thanks Rose and Heather

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [31 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Such a good idea, and I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for coming over and linking up with Lemon Tree today!

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  6. Yep, I could definitely find use this for this--since I keep losing my keys in my diaper bag. :) Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share--

  7. Such a cute lanyard if I ever did see one, Sumo! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my new diy fashion linky party. It's called DIY Diva Thursdays and we party until Monday :)

    Hope to see you there!


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