How to: Patchwork Lanyard by C.L. Tice

C.L. Tice is a writer, poet, crafter, and mom.  Her writing and creating adventures are inspired by the world around her.  She can be found at her blog, Mused.

Recently, my workplace changed to having swipe card access rather than the punch codes we had been using. We’ve never required ID badges for employees and I’ve never worked anywhere where we had badges or cards. So this is a new experience for me.

If it was only the door to get into the building, it wouldn’t be much of a problem and I would leave my card in my work bag. But, to get to the restrooms and common area, there is another locked door. I can see myself forgetting my card and getting locked out. It’s not like I can put the card in my phone like I did the numbers.

I thought a good solution might be a lanyard that everyone else seems to like so well. They give them out everywhere – parades, fairs, promotional tables. But wouldn’t you know, the only one I had in my house when I went looking was the one my son uses for his key.

What is a crafter supposed to do?

Make one!

My sister came over earlier in the day and went through my stash of fabric so I had a pile of scraps right on top. With the sewing machine already threaded from an ealier project, piecing them together didn’t take much time at all. The most time consuming part was picking out the fabrics – and at one point I decided it didn’t matter if they really matched. It is patchwork after all and should

I cut the strips to 3” wide and between 1” and 2.5” long based on what I had for scrap. I cut three pieces of each fabric and ironed them.


Once they were sewn together, I ironed the seams flat and folded the long piece in half. Then, I opened it up and folded each side in to the middle point and ironed again. Folding it back up, I sewed along both edges.

I didn’t have any D rings in my house but I did find a key ring and re-purposed it for my lanyard. Putting the ends of the length together, I slipped the ring onto the fabric. I folded up the end about half an inch and then another inch, settling the ring into place and sewing the fabric to itself.

Tadaa! I now have a nifty, and one of a kind, work accessory.

Happy Crafting!


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6 thoughts on “How to: Patchwork Lanyard by C.L. Tice

  1. Man, you just gave me reason for a dope slap. I help produce a festival that happens once a year (in two short weeks) and we use nametags on lanyards for that. I’d MUCH rather have a cute one than the boring ones we get each year! And we have some left over from an old sponsor from which I can yank hardware. Perfect! Thanks!

  2. I had much the same reaction when I came up with the project.  Why didn’t I think of using up all these scraps before?  And why am I using ugly free ones?

    I’m glad you like it!

  3. That is SUPER cute! What a fun way to wear a bunch of favorite fabrics. Thanks for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

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