Here is the short version of the story behind making a lanyard. I am the Girls Camp Director for my church. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about the LDS faith.) During one of our camp prep meetings, there was a suggestions to give each girl and leader a lanyard to attach the daily agenda (small of course), award beads and charms, whistle, etc. Now, in the small town I live in I wasn't finding much of anything. And, if I did they were UGLY! I then tried the trusty ol' Internet, priced out some CUTE ones, and they were more than our budget could afford. So, what did I do? I found some scraps of material, bought some D-Rings, and lobster clasps and went to town. Wanna make one? I will show you how! Total cost for this project was under $1.
Fabric (or scraps sewn together to make the proper length)
D-Ring ( I found them at Walmart 4 for only 78 cents!)
Lobster Clasp (At the craft store in packs of 2. Use your 50% off coupon.)
Cut a 3 inch by width of fabric strip.
Iron a 1/4 inch fold down the length of the fabric. Repeat on other side.
Fold the fabric down center (lengthwise) and iron. Both of your folded edges will be touching with the right sides facing out.
Sew a seam down the side where the folds meet. I used the line on the inside of the pressure foot as my guide. Repeat on the other side.
Your strip of fabric should now look like this.
Loop the fabric through the D-ring with the straight side against the fabric.
Fold the fabric over again, sliding the D ring down to the bottom. The raw edge will be flush against the straight part of the ring and tucked inside.
Sew two straight lines along the width of the fabric to secure the ring in place.
Attach a Lobster Clasp on the D ring.
I had some charms on a lobster clasp all ready. After camp, the girls can use it for their keys, charms, name badges, whatever they would like. You could also make it shorter and use it for a key chain too!
I am a regular girl who loves to try and be creative. I am married to a one good looking police officer of a husband who makes me laugh everyday. We have three darling kids, Cooper 8, Charlee 6, and my baby Griffin just turned 2. I find joy in all the good the world has to offer!
Of course all you Gone with the Wind fans know where my name came from. I love all things Halloween (thanks Mom), brightly colored items catch my eye, love to craft-better at replicating that creating but working on this, dabbling into sewing, wanna be foodie and chef, loves to bake-especially cupcakes right now (seriously, who doesn't like cupcakes!), reading if there is ever a spare minute, good friends, and I take pleasure in hanging out with my hubby, two kiddos and extended family.