The Fun Craft of Scoubidou or Boonedoggle

Scoubidou or Boondoggle

Scoubidou, also known as boondoggle, is a braiding and knotting craft that is made with plastic cording, sometimes called gimp.  Although it is often a craft done at camps by children, anyone can become engaged with this fun and easy craft project.

The most common kind of thread used for the craft is flat and comes in many colors. Rexlace is the preferred type of flat plastic cording, also known as gimp.

There is a less common kind of thread that is used which is a round and hollow plasticized PVS tube around 80 centimeters in length.  Both types of threading are available in a wide range of colors and sizes.Scoubidou Boondoggle Gimp - Sample 3

Some projects made with scoubidou are key chains, zipper pulls, friendship bracelets and lanyards.  If you want to go wild with this craft, there are many more complicated shapes and items that can be created!

History of Scoubidou

Scoubidou became a huge fad in France, where it originated, in the late 1950s. The French singer named Sacha Distel, whose first hit in 1958 was a song named “Scoubidou”, is credited for the name of this craft that has continued to be popular the world over.

Scoubidou Basics 

Scoubidou uses knots that are the same used in macrame; however, they each use different cords. Scoubidou cording is plastic and harder than the soft fiber used in macrame, so they each produce very different results.Scoubidou Boondoggle Gimp - Sample 1

The commonly used knots in Boondoggle are:

  • The Square Knot
  • Snake Knot
  • Diamond Knot
  • Butterfly Knot
  • Box Knot
  • Triangle Knot
  • Chinese Knot

Because Boondoggle or Scoubidou uses only cords, this is a wonderful craft for children.  It is not messy and can be done anywhere.  As a bonus, the necessary supplies are quite inexpensive and easy to obtain. We have many other crafts for children found here.Scoubidou Boondoggle Gimp - Sample 2

Our links below include books on this subject, sites with knot techniques, various project directions, as well as supplies for the craft.

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The Fun Craft of Scoubidou or Boonedoggle

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Box Knot

This is how to do the scoubidou box knot. WikiHow

Brick (Supersquare) Stitch

The Brick Stitch is basically two Square Stitches next to each other... Learn how to make the brick stitch by watching these videos. Laneyards

Butterfly Stitch

This tutorial is the butterfly stitch which is the technique of braiding with two strands of scoubidou. Scoubidous

Butterfly Stitch Tutorial

The butterfly stitch is one of the easiest boondoggle stitches. Learn how to make the butterfly stitch with this tutorial. Gyongy Hobby

Chinese Staircase Stitch

The Chinese Staircase stitch is also known as the half knot. Here is a tutorial. Our Pastimes

Circle (Barrel) Stitch

With this video, learn how to make the circle stitch lanyard (boondoggle, scoubidou), which is just like the square stitch but with the strands coming across diagonally instead of straight. Laneyards on YouTube

Circle Stitch

In this video, they explain how to make the circle stitch with lanyard strings. LanYarD via YouTube

Cobra Stitch

In this video, you will learn how to make the cobra stitch with plastic lanyard laces (boondoggle, scoubidou). Laneyards at YouTube

Cobra Stitch / Braid

This wikiHow article will teach you how to make a cobra stitch / braid with plastic string (gimp string, scoubidou, etc.). WikiHow

Gimp Braiding Projects eBook by Charles E. White, Jr.

This booklet has directions for many of the popular gimp projects, with suggestions for a multitude of patterns that can be made with any desired color combination. Gutenberg

Knot - Barrel Stitch

Instructions and illustrations. Cambridge Computer Corporation

Knot - Boondoggle Square Knot

How to make a square knot boondoggle. BraceletBook

Knot - Box Stitch

Instructions with illustration for the box stitch. Pepperell

Knot - Corkscrew Stitch

The corkscrew lanyard (scoubidou, boondoggle) is the twisted version of the Wall stitch. This video will show you how to do the corkscrew stitch. Laneyards at YouTube

Knot - Diamond Braid

Learn how to do the diamond braid with gimp using this video tutorial. Sahsmo2 on YouTube

Knot - Quad Stitch

The quad stitch is an advanced knot stitch. Learn how here. Laneyards at YouTube

Knot - Round Braid

How to instructions. Cambridge Computer Corporation

Knot - Square (Box) Stitch

This article will teach you to do a simple stitch called the square or box stitch. WikiHow

Knot - Zipper Stitch (Video)

To make zipper stitch, a Scoubidou stitch, you need three pieces of gimp. YouTube

Patriotic Key Ring

Wear one of these red, white and blue key rings to show your patriotism. Making Friends

Project - 4 Strand Braided Lanyard

These instructions will guide you through each one of the steps to make a 4 strand braided lanyard with plastic lace. Free Craft Unlimited

Project - Boondoggle Keychains

Boondoggle Keychains DIY Tutorial! Doddle Craft

Project - Friendship Bracelet

Make a Box-Styled Gimp Friendship Bracelet. How to Make Jewelry

Project - Lanyard Bracelet with Chain

A tutorial on how to make a cobra stitch lanyard bracelet with chain. Chic.Classy.Cheap

Project - Rexlace Bracelets

This tutorial will explain how to make a Rexlace bracelet. Blog by Katherine Kally at Our Pastimes

Project - Rexlace Chain Bracelet

People on Etsy are selling this bracelet for so much when you could make one yourself so easily. Learn how here. The Craft Caboodle

Project - Rexlace Zipper Bracelet

Need some cool new wrist decor? Make a Rexlace bracelet. Pepperell Braiding

Project - Scoubidou Keychain

Learn how to weave plastic lacing into a keychain with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Instructables

Scoubidou Mega Guide PDF

A complete Scoubidou (plastic lacing) guide with basic information, basic stitches, finishing stitches, projects and much much more. 29th Dublin Scouts

Twisted Triangle Stitch

This stitch is like the triangle lanyard (boondoggle, scoubidou) but all strands are in the same direction. Laneyards at YouTube

Wall (Superbrick) Stitch

Learn how to make the wall stitch for making gimp projects such as lanyards. Laneyards at YouTube

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