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How to Make a Lanyard out of Fabric (Quick and Easy)

I needed to replace a lanyard that I had and I decided to whip up a fabric lanyard instead of buying it. It’s such a quick and easy project that you’ll probably spend more time choosing the fabric than making the actual fabric lanyard.

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In this project, you’ll learn how to make a lanyard fast and with ease. This DIY lanyard is great for using your leftover fabric scraps in a practical way instead of throwing them out. Plus, you’ll save some money you’d otherwise waste on buying a finished lanyard. Here’s an explanation of how to make lanyards.

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Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to Sew a Lanyard

Watch the diy fabric lanyard video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Form the DIY lanyards base

Start this homemade lanyards project by cutting out a fabric strip 3 inches wide by 36.5 inches long (93cm x 7.5cm). You can adjust the length to your preferences though.

diy lanyard cutting the fabric

STEP 2: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Fold the fabric in half along its length with the wrong side in, and press it. Open it up and you’ll notice the fold line. Fold each side up to it and press the whole thing again.

diy lanyard pressing

It will now look like this:

diy lanyard folding

Fold the fabric in half along its length again, as if you were making a bias tape, and secure the whole thing with clips or pins.

diy lanyard pinned

STEP 3: Sew the fabric lanyard

Topstitch along both sides of the lanyard DIY with a 1/8 inch seam allowance.

STEP 4: Insert the clamp and stitch

Slide the hardware onto the lanyard and fold the whole lanyard in half so that the short ends meet. Check the fabric, make sure that the edges are aligned, and see if there are any twists that need to be straightened.

Stitch the loose ends together with a quarter-inch seam allowance a few times over for extra durability.

diy lanyard sewing the short edges

STEP 5: Finish making lanyard

Flip the lanyard inside-out. The raw edge needs to be on the inside of the strap.

Check if the hardware is facing the right direction and if it sits properly in its place. Slide the hardware down to the bottom of the strap. Sew back and forth just above the hardware a few times to secure the metal bit in place and ensure that the seam is strong enough.

diy lanyard finish sewing

(Optional) Square finish on the lanyard

If you like to add a bit of funk to your projects, this section is for you.

Instead of sewing a straight seam across the lanyard just above the hardware, you can do something a bit more stylish and slightly more durable.

Stitch a rectangle that’s about an inch wide just below the hardware. You can go over it two or three times if you plan on hooking something with a bit of weight to the lanyard. Then, stitch an X mark inside the rectangle to give it extra strength.

I usually go with this method because this kind of finish is not as plain as a regular straight stitch and I like how it looks. It’s also a bit more durable so I suggest you opt for it if you don’t mind a bit of additional work.

Safety measures

Before you start using your new DIY lanyard keychain, you’ll need to pay attention to safety precautions. Since you’ll be wearing it around your neck, you need to make some sort of a safety system on the lanyard.

The best choice for this is to just cut the lanyard at the middle, behind the neck, and join it with a piece of velcro. With this, the lanyard will simply detach if it gets caught in something and it won’t pose a security risk.

You can also just use some sort of safety system like those easily detachable buckles or something similar. I prefer the cheapest and the simplest method though, so I use the velcro method.

Congratulations, now you officially know how to make lanyards keychains!

homemade lanyard tutorial

I hope you liked this lanyard tutorial and that you found it fun and useful! Feel free to leave your thoughts on it in the comment section below, we love hearing our readers’ opinions, they’re valuable for our growth! Now that you know how to sew a lanyard, you can go ahead and make some for your friends and family. Enjoy your new custom lanyards and all those music festivals you’ll go to this summer!

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Betty Smith - July 31, 2021

I love the landyard. The directions were easy to understand. I will be making more for some gifts. Thank you so much. These will be such an handy item.

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