Mini Makes: Easy Lanyard Makeover

IMG_5854Lanyards with a security badge seem to be commonplace in most workplaces these days. For years, I’ve been trying to find colourful ones to replace my boring navy blue lanyard. Cath Kidston usually have a few, and I struck gold in Accessorize last year with a bright tropical print. Unfortunately, after time they all tend to go a bit grubby, or in the case of my last one, get dropped down the loo by their clumsy owner, meaning they instantly need to be binned!

When trying to find a replacement, I came across another that I was given on a training course a couple of years ago. It certainly wasn’t pretty, and being white in colour, it really wasn’t practical either! It quickly dawned on me that with the stash of ribbons and fabrics I have, I must be able to make something easily myself.

In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to jazz up an otherwise boring lanyard using materials you should already have in your stash. In true mini-makes fashion, it is still super quick and easy to complete.

You will need:


  • 1 x old lanyard
  • 1 x piece of fabric (approx. 45 x 20 cm)
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Measure the width of your lanyard strap. Using your scissors/rotary cutter, cut a long piece of fabric (approx. 45cm in length) that is four times the width of your strap.


  2. Press your fabric in half lengthways, wrong sides facing and press using your iron. Open up the fabric, fold the two raw edges into the middle, and press again. Finally, fold your fabric back in half and press so that you are left with a thin ‘strap’ that is made up of four layers of fabric.


  3. Using a straight stitch, sew along both long edges of your strap approx. 5mm from the edge. Repeat with the other strap.IMG_5852
  4. Dismantle your old lanyard, paying attention to how the straps were attached. Attach your new straps in the same way and pin in place. Sew using a straight stitch on your machine. Trim your threads.IMG_5853

You’re done! Your boring corporate lanyard has had an easy, but effective makeover!

Top tips:

  • This make is great for using up leftover bits of fabric, you can use the same fabric for both straps, or mix it up.
  • Stick to thin fabrics, like dressmaking or quilting cottons so that the strap is nice and flexible.
  • You won’t need to add interfacing as you are sewing together 4 layers of fabric and want to keep the bulkiness to a minimum.
  • Rotary cutters are great for this make as they cut nice straight lines, however if you haven’t got one, scissors are fine. It’s worth drawing a nice straight line on the reverse of the fabric before cutting.

If you do decide to give this a go, please do share your make on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me so that I can see!

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