Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"I'm Not a Geek Anymore" Lanyards

Let's face it, lanyards over the years have taken their fair share of verbal abuse enduring "nerd", "dweeb" and "geek" monikers.  There's no need for all this name calling when really all a lanyard is trying to do is help.  Recently, my daughter went away to college and now, along with her classmates, she wears a lanyard most of the day.  I decided it was time to make a handful of cute lanyards, send them to her and her friends and free them from shame.  They are a really simple gift to make and you can use up all of your scraps (notice I use some Anna Maria Horner fabric leftovers, yum)!  So here are the instructions for "I'm Not A Geek Anymore" lanyards:


Swivel clasp lanyard hook (3/4" opening)
3" x 37" piece of fabric
3/4" x 37" piece of fusible interfacing
Thread to match

Fold fabric in half in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Press.

Open out fabric, fold raw edges in to crease, wrong sides together.  Press.

Fold strip along original fold line forming 3/4" strap.  Press.

Place interfacing inside strap along fold line. Press in place.

Push strap through swivel hook.  Open out strap, align short ends of strap with place right sides together.  Stitch, using 1/2" seam allowance.

Close strap along fold lines and pin in place.

Stitch strap closed 1/8" from folded edge.  Repeat stitching on other side.

With zipper foot, stitch across strap close to swivel hook.  

Done!  Yay!  You are now free from "Geekdom"!

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