Specialty Lanyard with Detachable Clip

For the last nine years I have worked at a school. I have a teacher-friend who, like me, grew up in Minnesota where there is a large Swedish influence. We occasionally share some Minnesota-isms that are quite humorous to the two of us, but our co-workers just don't understand. Ufta!

I made my friend a lanyard from some lovely ribbon with Dala horses stitched on it. Understand that Dala horses are a big deal in Minnesota. Some are big, some are small and they are everywhere. It's not uncommon to see a giant Dala horse on the side of the road as you drive through a small town. Strange, but true. I was delighted by my friend's reaction when I gave her this lanyard. Her face lit up and she told me that when she was growing up her grandmother had shelves filled with different kinds of Dala horses. It's a Minnesota thing.

Many thanks to Pauline at Gothenburg Collection for providing the beautiful Dala Horse ribbon for this tutorial.


  • 1 1/3 yds of 1 inch wide patterned ribbon
  • 1/4 yd solid colored cotton (optional)
  • 1 inch plastic or metal slide release buckle
  • 1 inch D-ring clasp


With all of the great ribbons available, it's easy to create a badge holder that will to express your heritage, show off your favorite team colors, or display your favorite character.

Begin by cutting a 32-36 inch length of ribbon. I personally like lanyards that are a little bit shorter so they don't get in the way, so I used 32 inches of ribbon for the main part of my lanyard. If you prefer a longer lanyard, you can use up to 36 inches of ribbon.

Since the pattern on this Dala horse ribbon is stitched not just printed, I decided to sew a lightweight cotton backing onto the ribbon to cover the threads and avoid snags.

If you choose to back your ribbon, cut a strip of fabric that is 2 inches wide and the same length as your ribbon. Press the sides of the fabric in 1/2 inch and pin it to the back of the ribbon, wrong sides together. Use a very narrow seam allowance on each side of the ribbon to sew the pieces together.

Next, you will be attaching the buckle to the lanyard. Position your ribbon on a flat surface so the patterned side is up.

Slide the ribbon through the male piece of the buckle.

Place the length of ribbon with the buckle on top of the other length of ribbon and pin the ends together.

Stitch the two ends of the ribbon together as close to the edge as possible. Remove the pins and slide the buckle down.

Now stitch as close to the top of the buckle as possible so it can no longer slide on the ribbon.

Next, you will make the detachable clip. This is very handy if you carry any keys on you lanyard or a badge that needs to be swiped in a card reader.

Cut about 6 inches of ribbon

Slide the ribbon through the female side of the buckle and the D-ring clasp.

Pin the ribbon, right sides together. Sew the ribbon so there is 1-2 inches between the buckle and the clasp. Trim the excess ribbon.

Connect the buckle and your lanyard is ready to display a badge or id.

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