Hey friends! Have you enjoyed the Back-to-School Sewing Series?
I hope it’s given you great ideas of things to sew for the teacher or student in your life.
Today I’m sharing my tutorial for a double-sided lanyard.
As a former teacher myself, I would have loved having a pretty lanyard instead of the standard issue black nylon cord I wore back in the day! Alas, I didn’t sew back then but if I had, I would surely have whipped up one of these for myself and all of my teacher friends.
Now, I’ve made more than my fare share of lanyards. I made 55 for Sew South last year (whew!) and I was commissioned to make lanyards for all the teachers at my son’s preschool this year. I’m all about spreading the lanyard love! 🙂
So grab some fabric (you don’t need much) and let’s get started. Whip one up today in 15 minutes for the special teacher, student or any other lanyard wearing person in your life.
(2) 1.5″ x 35″ strips of fabric in coordinating colors (to make a single fabric lanyard, use (1) 2.5″ strip)
1 Swivel Clasp (D ring 5/8″ wide (I get mine from TWPMango on Etsy)
1. Place the strips right sides together and sew along the long side with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
2. Press the seam open.
3. Fold the raw edges in to meet the center seam and press along each side.
4. Fold again length wise to hide raw edges and press.
5. Slip the lobster clasp on.
6. Place the short raw edges right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch to lock your stitches. Press flat.
7. Clip the corners so they don’t poke out when folding the sides over.
8. Fold the fabric, wrong sides together once again and topstitch along all sides 1/8″ from the edge. Move the clasp out of the way as you sew. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
9. Repeat for the other side.
1o. Position the seam on the back strap just above the clasp, and sew both straps of the lanyard together making an X.
That’s it! Now go make one for your child’s teacher or yourself! Be sure to check out all the other tutorials in this series.