Guess where I went this past weekend? Quiltcon! Not wanting to show up empty handed (or rather empty necked), I wanted to sew a lanyard. It came out so cute, so here’s a quilted lanyard tutorial so you can make one for yourself! It comes together in about two hours, and you can make it to any length you like. Plus, it’s a nice scrap buster.
The lanyard tutorial below makes a quilted lanyard that is 32″ in length. To make your quilted lanyard longer or shorter, add or remove a pair of squares from both fabrics. Each pair of 2.75″ squares adds four inches to your overall length. So, if you want a longer lanyard, cut additional squares of fabric from A and B. (i.e.: to make a 36″ quilted lanyard, cut 9 squares of both fabric A and B, etc.).
WHAT YOU NEED
- 8 squares (cut to 2.75″) of fabric A
- 8 squares (cut to 2.75″) of fabric B
- thread in coordinating color
- rotary cutter and mat
- swivel hook with 1.5″ D-ring
- basting spray (I love Sulky’s spray as it holds great *and* doesn’t get everywhere)
Updated: after numerous requests for a paper piecing pattern, I’ve created one! It’s available here – sample images are below (in red fabric) showing paper piecing pattern.
HOW TO MAKE
- We’ll be making 8-in-1 half square triangles. To start, cut 8 squares of fabric A and 8 squares of fabric B, all at 2.75″ x 2.75″
- On the back of fabric B, draw diagonal lines from the upper left to lower right corner, and upper right to lower left corner
- Pair a square of fabric A and a square of fabric B, right sides together.
- Sew a scant 1/4″ seam to the left of each diagonal line. Press.
- Cut on the two diagonal lines, and then cut again through the center top-to-bottom and left-to-right so you end up with eight small triangles. (Ignore the size of mine…yours will be smaller. Made this one larger so it would photo better.)
- Press blocks open, seams towards darker fabric. Cut off the tails/dog ears from each block.
- Mix all the blocks up in a pile so – as you sew them – they will be randomly mixed together.
- Begin chain stitching the blocks together. As seams were all pressed in the same direction (towards the darker fabric), the pieces will lock together very nicely.
- Once you complete the initial chain, cut the threads, pair the ends of the blocks, and continue chain stitching block sets together until you have one long row of 1/2″ HST.
- Press the seams closed in the same direction.
- Trim any edges/thread so that your row is 1″ wide (it’s ok if it’s off a little bit)
- Cut two strips measuring 1″ x 34″ – one strip from a thin batting and one strip to form your backing (you can sew strips together from scraps).
- Using newspaper to protect your work space, spray baste the three layers together: backing, batting, and quilt/lanyard top. Be careful not to pull or stretch any of the layers! Trim any excess length from the batting and backing once it is spray basted in place.
- Sew a 1/8″ seam on all four sides to secure the three layers together.
- Cut two binding strips at 2.25″ x length of lanyard (should be about 32-33″). Attach binding as you normally would when working on a full size quilt, and either hand stitch the binding down on the back *or* glue baste onto the back of the lanyard and stitch in the ditch along the front (thereby sewing the back down).
- Following the instructions specific to your D-ring and clip, attach to the lanyard. Sew closed either with a folded piece of fabric or zig-zag (you’ll see the pink was zig-zag stitched closed at the end, while the blue was closed off with a folded piece of fabric).
- Attach name tag and enjoy!
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