Today I decided to make some new lanyards for work. I have been using the same one for the past year. I have been intending to make more, and decided today was the day. They sell on etsy from about $8.00 up, and the Vera Bradley ones are $16.00 on her website. I was able to make 4 of them for just over $8.00 all on sale from Hobby Lobby, not including thread and velcro, and under 2 hours, including clean up. You may have the things needed on hand, which would make them 'free' :)
These are made to my preference in size (width and length). There is no correct dimensions, just what you prefer. Mine are 1/2" wide, by about 40" in length overall.
- Sewing machine w/ straight stitch
- Steam Iron
- Thread and bobbin to match
- 2" wide strip of fabric, cut selvage to selvage or 40" long, if purchasing I buy 1/6 yard, so I can trim it up straight. It amazes me how crooked fabric is cut at times. If making wider, fabric width is 4 times finished width of lanyard
- Appropriate size swivel hook, and/or split key ring. This is personal preference. I like just a swivel hook, keeping my ID and keys on separate rings, making them easy to move.
- Scrap of Velcro, each piece approx 1/2" X 1/2", or breakaway clasp-optional. This allows them to 'breakaway' if pulled on. If your work environment doesn't require this, you can just stitch the edges together. If anyone knows of a reliable cheap source of small quantity break-away clasps let me know.
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler, or scissors, marking pencil and ruler
Fabric Selection-Keep in mind you will only be seeing 1/2" wide strip of the fabric. While fabric is a personal choice, some fabrics will not look good, or be identifiable on that narrow of a strip. I would recommend something with an all over print, a quilting weight 100% cotton. If you look at the edge of the bolt between two solid fabrics, it will help you visualize how it will look in a small width. This is still wider than the finished lanyard, but can help in decision making. For mine today, I found a smallish fall leaf print, orange with white dots for Halloween, and 2 larger geometrics. For the larger geometrics, I prefer those that are busier, without a lot of solid space. Here you can see the fabric and swivel hooks I chose to use today. Everything was on sale at Hobby Lobby. I purchased 1/6 yard (6") but could have probably gotten by with 1/8 yard (4 1/2").
Cutting Fabric-Cut fabric 2" wide by the width of the fabric. Cut length to 40" or length desired plus 1" for folding over edges. I stacked my fabric and used a rotary cutter. If you do not have a rotary cutter, mark cutting lines and cut carefully. These were all cut pretty straight, but we've all had that one piece that was just wonky. One of the reasons I buy extra fabric. Since I was using the rotary cutter, I was able to cut all pieces at one time.
My current top five to work on would be:
- Silk shirt for me
- Another pair of pjs for DH
- Twirly dress for Mini Axelgirl
- Robe for Axelgirl
- Finish 5 weecare items completely