How to make a Fabric Lanyard

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Learn how to sew a fabric lanyard. This simple lanyard sewing project is so easy even someone learning to sew can make one and it is a fun way to teach kids how to sew. Your child will be excited about learning to sew if you allow them to choose their favorite fabric.

Lanyards are typically worn around the neck. By attaching a keyring or clip to the lanyard, it can be used in many ways, such as securing keys, badges and whistles. They are so much fun to make.

Watch this video tutorial and read the following step-by-step instructions to see how to make a fabric lanyard.

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First, measure the width of the swivel hook where the fabric will be attached and times this measurement x 4. Example: If the hook is 3/4" wide, the calculation is 3/4" x 4 = 3". This will be the width of the fabric strip.

Cut a piece of fabric the width of the fabric (selvage to selvage) which should be about 44" by width of the strip determined above.


After cutting the strip, lay the strip on ironing board with wrong side facing up. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Open the strip and fold the outer edges to the center crease. Press well.

Fold the strip in half, press and pin in place.


Topstitch 1/8" from the edge on both sides.


Fold the strip in half with raw edges together; making sure not to twist the fabric. Slip the raw edges of the strap into the swivel hook and fold over about 2". Then fold under the raw edges 1/2". Pin in place.


To secure the strap to the swivel hook you will do two rows of stitches. For the first row, you will be stitching close to the fold - Stitch forward, then stitch backward over previous stitches, then stitch forward again.

Then sew another row of stitches 1/4" away from the first row - again stitch forward, then stitch backward over previous stitches and forward again.

The lanyard is finished and ready to use.

Make the lanyard for yourself, your children or make as gifts for family, friends, kids or co-workers. They make great stocking stuffers.

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