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Here is a great easy sewing project to get you sewing. It’s easy, quick and practical. I’m going to show you how to sew a lanyard in two different ways. The first way is by creating a continuous loop and the second method allows you to add a snap onto the ends so you can open the lanyard up. The snap is useful for attaching the strap around something or even just to provide a quick release from around your neck.

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You will find all the instructions in a handy downloadable PDF project sheet.


To make it even easier for you, I’ve created a video tutorial for you to follow along with too. You can watch the videos below.

Watch Part 1 on YouTube here

Watch Part 2 for the Continuous lanyard on YouTube here

Watch Part 2 for the Lanyard with a Snap on YouTube here

This project should take you about 30-40 minutes the first time you do it. Once you have made a few, the project should only take about 20-25 minutes.

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Materials Needed for Sewing a Lanyard

  • 4”/10cm x 40”/101.5cm of fabric for a neck lanyard or 18”/46cm for a wrist lanyard
  • 1”/2.5cm D-ring with a swivel lobster clasp or a key ring (I got mine from eBay AU or you can get them from eBay US)
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine thread
  • Cutting tools – ruler and rotary cutter or marker, ruler and scissors
  • Iron and ironing board

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Extra Tools Needed for Adding the Snap

  • Awl
  • Snap pliers (I use the KAM brand – available on eBay and Amazon)
  • Size 20 snaps – 2 x caps 1 x stud and socket

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Some Tips for this Project

  • I use a straight stitch with a 2.6mm stitch length.
  • I use a 90/14 Universal needle in my sewing machine for most of my crafty sewing projects. A 80/12 Universal needle would also work well if you are using a quilting type cotton.
  • I prefer to use a walking foot for this project, as the feed dogs in the walking foot help move the fabric under the presser foot a lot easier.
  • I use a core-spun thread, which has a polyester core and a cotton covering. This kind of thread tends to be stronger and nicer to sew with in your sewing machine in general. I use Rasant 120.

Consider Paying It Forward

This sewing project is a way for me to follow my love of learning, teaching and sharing knowledge in general to ultimately make this world a better place. Consider paying it forward by showing 1-2 people how to do this sewing project or even just share the project PDF or link to the blog post with 1-2 people so they can have a go themselves. Let’s spread the love of sewing to as many people as we can!


Lastly, I would love to see the lanyards you make so I can share them on my monthly ‘Sew and Tell’ blog post. You can reach me on social media with your photos. Just go to my contact page and click on any of the social media icons that suit you or use the contact form at the bottom of the Contact page.

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Until next time, happy sewing!


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Posted on

27 May, 2015

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