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school spirit lanyards

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In an earlier post, I mentioned how I thought a lanyard would make a great high-school graduation gift. Well, today I finished up production of seven of them.

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Finding the swivel hook on a D-ring took a bit of doing–I tried Joann’s, Hancock Fabrics, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby–geez. I finally ordered them through Amazon–you can find them here. The 42 mm (or 1 5/8″) size is perfect. I added a 1-inch split ring too.

I relied on two tutorials to guide me: one by Simply Cotton and another by Ms. Elaineous. I cut the fabric 2 1/2″ wide in random lengths. I sewed these pieces together to make a strip approximately 42 inches long.

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Per Dorrie in Simply Cotton, I added a very lightweight fusible interfacing but made it 2 1/4″ wide rather than 2 1/2″–then I didn’t have to fuss at getting it to align perfectly on the strip.

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These Wonder Clips were great for holding the folded strip together when I headed from the ironing board to the sewing machine. Only once did I forget to put the hardware on before I began sewing–aye yi yi! I joined the two ends of the strip per Ms. Elaineous’ technique, which makes for less bulk.

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I thank Ms. Elaineous as well for her suggesting the use of an edgestitch foot. I had forgotten it was even in my sewing foot collection. It made topstitching a piece of cake.

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I added a split ring (like Ms. Elaineous), sewing it in place with a straight line of stitching, but first I secured the D-ring with a decorative x-box stitch pattern (like Dorrie). (This is a photo of the first lanyard I made and already gifted. I used a jewelry clasp since the swivel hooks hadn’t arrived yet. The swivel hooks are much cheaper!).

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I used fabric to reflect the graduates’ college school colors. Represented above are University of Texas (orange/white), Clemson (orange/purple), University of Colorado (gold/silver/black), Harvard (red/white), and Texas Christian University (purple/white). I also made two others in orange/blue so I would have extra on hand for last-minute gifts. Since I used modern prints and mixed in gray as a neutral, they don’t scream rah rah but are rather a subtle play on the traditional.

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I had fun with the Clemson lanyard. Earlier this year, I made a mini-quilt for a friend using great corgi fabric from Spoonflower. When I was going through my scraps to find fabric for a lanyard for her daughter, I came across this bit with Clemson-tinted corgis–perfect!

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5 thoughts on “school spirit lanyards

  1. Way cool. I want to make some of these.

  2. I could use one of these for carrying my ID when I go walking with my hubby. It seems that I never have a pocket. Thanks for the tute and for reminding me that I also have an edge-stitch foot that I never think to use.

  3. Elisabeth on said:

    This is a nice gift and a great tutorial. I love your color choices as well. Happy Sewing!

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