Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lanyards and Nametags: Lanyard Resources & Ideas

Kelly, the incoming President, asked everyone make a lanyard and a nametag that reflects them and their style. There will be a special show and tell to see your beautiful work.

Lanyards are about 37" long before finishing. You may want to adjust this length if you are taller or shorter.

If you want some direction on making lanyards, here are some links:
A couple of the above use a cover to finish the lanyard where you have sewn the clasp or hook on to the fabric. You can also finish the end of the fabric before sewing on the clasp or hook.

There are, of course, many other tutorials available. Use your favorite along with some pretty scraps to reflect your quiltmaking style or personality.
Some patterns call for various hardware. Think about the following, but check the pattern before purchasing:
  • swivel hooks (Try Studio Kat Designs and Atkinson Designs)
  • swivel clasp (one tutorial mentioned TWPMango* as a source.
  • O ring (try the hardware store, if you can't find a good size at your LQS)
  • Badge clips with swivel (JKMribbon* has them)
  • Nickel sanphooks have an interesting shape. I am not sure how to connect them to a fabric lanyard, though.
I did find O rings in a variety of sizes as well as rectangle metal things other hardware that might be useful at a couple of non-chain hardware stores in the City - Standard 5&10 on California Street in Laurel Heights as well as at Cliff's Variety on Castro in the Castro. Check your local mom and pop hardware stores to see what you can find.
 Other thoughts:
  • Try some ribbon instead of fabric. Britex has some lovely thick ribbons that would make some special looking lanyards.
  • Use scraps to make the main part of the lanyard
  • Add beads or buttons to personalize it
  • Make it more of a chatelaine by adding a scissor pocket and other handy accessories, such as a Lip Balm Key Fob. I found a few chatelaine tutorials here.
  • The You Sew Girl blog has a Convertible Strap tutorial, which will give you ideas about how to add other types of hardware to your lanyard. Need some extra rings? Check  out this tutorial. Want to use your bias tape maker? This tutorial is for you.
  • Perhaps you want your lanyard to be adjustable? Take a look at the adjustable strap tutorial.
There are a lot of options for you to personalize your lanyard. Let your imagination spiral off into magical directions.

While you are making your own, why don't you make one for the officers as a thank you gift? These also make great gifts for teachers.

Look for a nametag post coming to this blog soon!

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Cheryl said...

Thanks for all of the tutorials. I hope to see some cool lanyards at the next meeting!

Jaye said...

Hope it is helpful. We will be adding another tutorial soon as Kelly has one with an eyeglass loop that is useful.