As a school employee, I am required to wear an ID badge when at work for safety reasons. Since I'm itinerant (assigned to 3 schools that I visit weekly), I have six work-related keys... three for office doors and three for the file cabinet in each office.
World's worst photo... sorry!
Because I wear this every day for 11 months, it's gotten a bit worn.... so it's past time for a new one. Part of the delay was I loved this fabric and, not having anymore, had to decide on what fabric to use.
To make a lanyard.... in case anyone would like to make one... all you need is a 2.5" strip of fabric, coordinating thread, and a 7/8th inch strip of batting.
Press your fabric strip in half lenth-wise and then lay the batting along the fold line.
Fold the fabric edge over the batting and press. Then pin the other side, folding under the raw edge.
Stitch 1/8th inch from the folded edges. I do this by shifting the needle one notch to the right... my machine has this option... and using a regular presser foot. This allows me to line up the folded edge with the inside of the foot and makes it easier to sew straight.
Repeat top-stitching on the other side.
You could sew the raw ends of the 2.5" strip together before inserting the batting but I prefer to wait to sew the ends together because... I attach the ends so that the folded edge of one end is matched with the folded-under-edges of the other end. This makes the bottom of the lanyard to lie flat. Hard to describe but I prefer it this way.
I use a D-ring to attach my ID badge and a plastic badge holder, which holds a card with PINs and other information related to work, including emergency contact info in case of an emergency.
In addition to three office keys and three file cabinet keys, I also carry a flash drive (I don't want to lose 15 years of templates and this year's work if my laptop goes down... like it did mid-September 2013!) and a pen. Every thing I need for work so I don't have to load up my pockets or hunt for stuff in my purse.
New year... new lanyard! It's a good thing....