If you love Liberty of London Tana Lawn, you know how precious every little scrap is! This patchwork lanyard not only helps you use up small pieces of fabric, but it gives you an easy way to “wear” a piece of Liberty patchwork. Here’s how to make one of your own!
For fabric, I used prints from one Liberty Scrap Pack. If you don’t have scraps left over from projects, this is a great way to get a variety of prints in small cuts. One lanyard certainly won’t take up the whole pack, so you’ll still have some fabric left over. You’ll also need some lightweight interfacing and a swivel hook or lanyard clip + jump ring. If you don’t want a scrappy piecded lanyard, just cut a 44″ by 3″ strip of fabric and start the instructions at step 4.
Asorted Liberty of London Scraps
1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing
Swivel hook OR lanyard clip + jump ring
From fabric: the only rule is each piece needs to be AT LEAST 3″ long and at least 1″ wide. Don’t worry about making the scraps all the same size, as long as the 3″+ sides are cut straight.
From interfacing: Ultimately, you need a long strip that’s 43″ long and 2″ wide, but since interfacing is typically only 20″ wide you’ll need to piece it (more on that later.)
Start sewing the scraps longest-sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
|Keep going until you have a strip that’s about 44″ long.|
Press all seams open. It’s important that they’re pressed open to reduce bulk; pressing to one side would make a bumpy lanyard.
Lay 2″ wide interfacing strips in the middle of your Liberty strip, centered as well as you can. Press according to interfacing directions. To extend the full length of the Liberty piece, butt the next interfacing strip right up against the previous one. Repeat pressing and laying down interfacing until you reach the end of the Liberty strip.
|You’ll end up with a piece that looks like this.|
Trim away irregular edges, leaving a 1/4″ margin of fabric around the interfacing. Repeat on both sides.
|All neat and trimmed!|
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron to crease.
|Unfold strip and fold both sides in toward the center crease; press.|
|Fold the whole strip in half and press.|
|Use WonderClips or pins to secure in place.|
Sew down clipped size with a very small seam allowance– try to get as close to the edge as you can while still catching all layers and sewing straight.
|Turn and sew down the folded size, using the same small seam allowance you used on the other side.|
|You now have a sewn strip of Liberty that’s about 43″ long. You’re almost done!|
|8. Sew on hook
Slide swivel hook or jump ring onto one end of strip. Fold up end to make about a 1″ loop. Take other end of strip (careful- don’t twist it at all!) fold it under about 3/4″.
|clip or pin the folds on top of each other, raw edges and folds on the inside.|
|Stitch down folds, going through all 4 layers, sewing from one side of the lanyard to the other.|
|Move up about 1″ and sew across again.
|If you would like, you can sew an “X” from corner to corner between the two lines of stitching for extra security. Clip threads.
You’re all done! Use lanyards for name badges, keys, tiny scissors and notions, glasses, or whatever you need to keep nearby! If you make a scrappy lanyard from this tutorial, use the hashtag #scrappylibertylanyard and #pinkcastlefabrics. Here’s a handy Pinterest pin for you to use: