How to Make Lanyard Key Chains


If you've ever been a scout or gone to sleepover camp, chances are you're familiar with lanyard--also called gimp, boondoggle or scoubidous. This article discusses one of the most basic of lanyard stitches--the box stitch. You can use this stitch to create a basic lanyard keychain, or you can combine it with other stitches to form a completely different project.

Making a Box Stitch Lanyard

Step 1

Cross the two strands of lanyard at their centers and place them on a flat surface. We will call the strands "Strand A" and "Strand B."

Step 2

Curl one side of Strand A over Strand B to form a loop. Then curl the other side of Strand A over Strand B in the opposite direction to form another loop. Hold these two loops in place with your less-dominant hand.

Step 3

Hold one side of Strand B in your dominant hand. Weave it over the loop closest to it and under the loop farthest from it. Then do the same thing, in the opposite direction, with the other side of Strand B.

Step 4

Take two adjacent strands in each hand and pull to tighten the box stitch.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2 to 4 to add more box stitches to the lanyard. Continue until the woven lanyard has reached the desired length.

Step 6

To end the lanyard, repeat steps 2 to 3 one more time, leaving the stitch loose. Then, one at a time, pull each strand around the loop to its left and up through the middle of the loose stitch. When all of the strands are coming out of the center, pull them to tighten the last stitch.

Step 7

Cut off the remaining ends of the lanyard.

Step 8

Fit a lanyard hook to the end of the lanyard by pulling it through the first stitch. Attach a keychain to the lanyard hook.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not mix up the order of the strands of lanyard. If you do, your lanyard will look lopsided.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 strands of lanyard
  • 1 lanyard hook
  • Scissors

Who Can Help

  • Best Site for Additional Lanyard Stitches
Keywords: lanyard, keychain, gimp, boondoggle, craft

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Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited, and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes articles for Demand Studios and Bright Hub, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher, and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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