How to make a Lanyard For Keychains
Have you ever been on your way out to work and realize you can’t find your keys or work ID? Sometimes just having a keychain isn’t enough to make it visible, especially when you are rushing out the door. Or have you ever seen a really cute or stylish ribbon that you wanted to find some sort of use for but couldn’t decide what to craft with it? Well, making a key or ID lanyard is definitely one way to solve all those problems – and put your crafting creativity to use. It all depends on how much you want to put into this craft.
What you need and where to find it
Alright, so you’ve decided to put that cute ribbon to use or just that you need a lanyard to help you keep your keys or ID together. To get started, you’re going to need a few simple items to get this lanyard going. Some really great places to look for your supplies are Amazon or your local craft store. You probably will be able to find almost everything in one location or another.
Here’s your list of items you will need:
- Lanyard Hooks with D Rings
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
It’s a super simple list for this fun craft. For the ribbon, it’s probably best to use grosgrain as it’s a little more sturdy than other ribbons out there. The best width to choose for your ribbon would be 1 inch so it can fit into your everyday activities. Also by selecting the 1 inch width is how common that size really is. Grosgrain ribbon can be found in all different shades of colors or even with designs – you can also find your favorite sports teams or pop culture characters on them as well. These types of ribbons can usually be found on Etsy or searching on google for any ribbon suppliers, as well as on Instagram.
Now, for the lanyard hardware, you are going to need the swivel hooks with D rings. These are really easy to find on Amazon. Make sure when you find the one you want, the D ring inner width is 1 inch or fits whatever width ribbon you get. If it’s slightly bigger or smaller shouldn’t be a problem but stay within the width of your ribbon to be safe. You can also find them in different colors as well (such as silver, rose gold, black or even rainbow). You really can accessorize in such the simplest ways, but give them so much personality.
The final supply you need for this project is either a needle and thread or a sewing machine. The nice thing about this project is that you can use either ways to secure your lanyard together. You want to make sure your thread is strong enough to hold your project together. Also, make sure your thread matches your ribbon. If you don’t have that option available you can go with either black or white, just depending on your preference in the look of the finished project. The pro to hand sewing is in that if you don’t have a sewing machine you really don’t need it, just make sure that your lines are even and you really can’t tell. The pros of a sewing machine is that you really don’t have to worry about your sewing line since the machine does most of that work for you. Either option will lead you toward the best project you’ve ever created!
Let’s put it all together!
Now that all your supplies have been collected, it’s time to put this baby all together. For your ribbon, you will need about 38 inches of ribbon. You can always add or subtract how much you want to. This seems to be a good standard length for a lanyard. You really can use anywhere from 33-38 inches for making this project, 33 being used for a child or smaller lanyard and 38 being the standard size. Once you have cut your ribbon it would be wise to seal the ends of the ribbon so it won’t unravel. You can do this with just a standard lighter as you will light each end causing the material to seal up on it’s own.
With the ribbon ends sealed you can now move on to creating your lanyard. To make sure the design is showing when you are wearing the lanyard simply stack one end with the design facing up on top of the other end with the design facing up.
Once they are stacked you are going to take the lanyard hook and thread the ribbon through the D hook end and pull it through about 1.5 inches in, making sure to leave that space for the next step. Once you have the hook pulled in you will want to fold the ribbon twice creating about a 1 inch block of ribbon. This part is where you will sew up and secure the hook to the ribbon. Sew a straight line just above where the D hook is as well as at the top of that one inch square.
Look at that lanyard!
After sewing up the top of that square you are pretty much done with your lanyard. Congratulations! These lanyards are super simple but make wonderful gifts for friends and family. You can even use it to show off your love for your favorite movie or TV character, sports team or musician or band as well. If you ever are having trouble figuring out that perfect gift for someone and have all the supplies on hand this really only takes about 5-10 minutes to make. Who doesn’t love something that will help you keep track of your keys? Especially when they get lost so easily. You can personalize your keys and make them easy to find with this simple and creative craft. Depending on your preference and style, you can get super creative or even go super plain – it’s up to you!