“Sew”ing Seeds with the Two Peas {a patchwork lanyard tutorial}

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Yeah, I don’t really know about this little post header…BUT hey, guess what?  TUTORIAL!  Awhile back I started what I called “Make it Monday”.  Then found out somebody was already using that.  So I changed it to “Sew it Up Sunday” except I rarely post on Sundays.  They seemed to fall on Mondays by the time I got them up.  And I was gonna post one a month but yeah, like THAT happened!  Not so much.  So maybe a little “Sew”ing Seeds with the Two Peas…get it?  Sowing seeds…SEWing seeds…a little garden reference there.  Ok, whatever.  I kinda liked it – we’ll see where it goes and maybe I’ll actual design a real header for it if it sticks.

Let’s make something!  You’ll need scraps of fabric and some hardware.  Like a key ring and a lobster claw (see below).
Recently the wonderful ladies of the Creative Connection Event asked if I could make up a few lanyards for their social media correspondents.  They needed to match their logo which was in a blue and pink color so I came up with these patchwork versions.  Let me share with you how you can make one too…for yourself, your favorite nurse, teacher…anybody who wears a lanyard.

Using 1/4" seams, scrap together enough 2" wide fabric pieces until you reach about 37" in length.

Press your seams open. Why? As opposed to pressing to one side...pressing them open reduces bulk as you are sewing them together.

Press each side in towards the center and then press in half.

Edge stitch down both long edges. Stitch down the edge that is open first, carefully making sure you keep your edges even. Then sew down the closed side (the folded side).

Next, avert your eyes from the chipping nail polish on the "models" hands. Then, once you've averted your eyes, look above and run your fabric through your hardware, folding the ends over 1".

Bring your two ends together with your raw edges to the inside. Stitch together just above the raw edges, in a little square to secure your hardware and close the loop of the lanyard..

Super easy and super fast!

I mentioned that your length before you sew it together is 37". Here's where that falls...make adjustments by adding on more pieces if you'd like your lanyard longer.

You can even add some embellishments to your lanyard

For the ladies at the Creative Connection Event, I added rolled roses on a clip to their lanyards.  That way, they can remove the clip and wear it in their hair or clip it elsewhere.  Dual duty!  I love these little flapper girl buttons!Well, what do you think?  Are you gonna make a few?  Who are you gonna make them for?  Have fun and make lots!  (think fun little Christmas gifts…you could even attach a gift card to the end!)



49 thoughts on ““Sew”ing Seeds with the Two Peas {a patchwork lanyard tutorial}

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  2. Great tute! Only thing I always have trouble with is sewing the ends down. It seems like because it’s such a small piece, that it doesn’t want to move in the machine and gets stuck in one place. Any tips?

    • I have that issue sometimes as well…if your feed dogs don’t quite move them then it just hangs there. If this helps, typically, I put the hardware pointing towards my machine and the fabric out to the left. Make sense? And I sew across just above where raw edges are folded under first. Then down the side, across the bottom and back up the other side. I also use a jeans needle because I’m sewing through that bulk AND I set my stitch length at 3. Try that and see if that helps any…

  3. Thank you for this super-fun tutorial! I love wearing my keys around my neck…I have 2 toddlers, and it just frees up my hands! I definitely plan on making these for a few mom friends for gifts..great scrapbuster! Thanks!

  4. Love the tutorial..I just joined the PTA at my little cousins school and I think I will make the president and vice president each one…and of course one for me! Thank you!

  5. Where I buy the swivel hardware? I’ve been looking and can’t find it. I checked Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, and Michael’s. Any ideas?

  6. I have been reading a lot on here the topic “Sew”ing Seeds with the Two Peas {a patchwork lanyard tutorial} Life is SEW nice with my Two Peas! inspired me, i have picked up some really great ideas. Thanks and i hope to see more soon.

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  8. Please be very careful when wearing one of these beautiful lanyards!! Because these are not ” break away” style, they could be used to choke the wearer.

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  10. thanks for the tutorial! i made 2 of these today, one for me, and one for my sister! its a great project for a beginner like me! :)

  11. I love this tutorial! You inspired me to play with some numbers for designing lanyards and I just put up this website:


    I linked to your tutorial.

    I’d love to have you check it out and see what you think. Feel free to link to this if you think it would appeal to your readers. And, of course, you can brag that your tutorial inspired me! ;)


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  13. I love your lanyard but I’m not understanding what the key ring is used for … is in place of a name badge clip? or is it a double-duty lanyard?


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  15. A couple of people I know posted this on Pinterest. I wanted a fast project today and finally made one. Tomorrow my whistle goes on it and yard duty will be a little brighter for me.


  16. HI there,

    I wanted to do your tutorial for the lanyards tonight, but when I click on the link for the tutorial, the pictures are not showing and it says I have to be a ‘user’ of the blog, and I have to have an account with wordpress? Is the tutorial no longer available?

    • WordPress is just being evil that’s all. I’m not sure what the issue is because the photos come and go. I’ve asked support to check into it and hopefully will have it resolved soon. Sorry to keep you waiting.

    • I have everybody and their brother trying to figure it out…there is an error coming up that we can’t find how to fix. Hopefully soon!

  17. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I just made a lanyard for my son’s ID and it was super simple to follow your instructions (even though I don’t sew very often).

  18. I just got my sewing machine today and was looking for a small and simple project to start out with. I tried this lanyard tonight and although some of the seams are a bit crooked, it turned out awesome! And the instructions were so easy to follow! Thank you! :D

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  22. Hi,

    Thanks for the great tutorial.
    It’s my daughters birthday soon and I’m going to make a lanyard for every kid in her class als a present.
    The first onze is made … 22 more to go

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