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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Teacher's Badge Holders.

Can you believe it? School is almost over!
I was at the school on Tuesday and I realized that all of the teachers wear their
 identification badges everyday. I actually wear my house and car keys  around my neck also {since it is the only way I can keep track of them} in something like this.

picture source

And then I thought, how hard would it be to come up with my own key-badge holder? Before I knew it there I was at JoAnns looking for "lanyard".
So, let me show you what I came up with...

This is what you'll need: 
A small amount of  leftover fabric, {or you can use some cool ribbon} the lanyard {a little bit over a yard}, glue gun, scissors,
a key ring {I used the one from my old holder} 
and  Fray Block {optional}
You can even use an old badge holder
and just give it a makeover!

First I made my fabric flowers... 
The burlap one I made back in the days of my bathroom makeover.
I used some hot glue while making the flower to hold the fabric together.

Then I cut two thin strips of fabric {the size will depend of the lanyard you get}
I always like to iron my fabric as I go, I found it
easier to work with that way.
{I am sure you can use ribbon instead of fabric}
I wanted mine badge holder to have an organic look and these fabrics were perfect!

After cutting it was time to attach the strips to the lanyard.
Time to sew!

Next step was easy,
I chose {in front of the mirror} where to place the flowers
and then I just hot glued them...
 {Did you know that there is hot glue for fabric?

After it was time to choose where to place the pen packet.
 I put the fabric on top of the pen to measure how much I would need.
Then I cut the fabric, ironed it and began to sew it.
{You kind of have to pleat the bottom of the packet since the fabric will not sit flat}
Here is a picture...

 Well... at this point I was almost done...
Next thing was to sew the ends of the lanyard together
and make the loop where the key ring was going to be,

And then,  in front of me there it was...
 "The Last Day of School Gift"
for my children's wonderful teachers...
and the new and improved key-holder for mama.

Here is how it looks while  hanging...
-keep in mind these things while looking at the picture-

1. Because my sweet  volunteer daughter is ten,
 I had to tuck part of the lanyard behind her
{ so it wouldn't hang too  low}
So  actually the embelishments hang lower on an adult.

 2. She literally said to me :
"Mom, please cut my head off in the picture" so I did...

Here is the head... ;)
She looks like she is in pain to me!

That's it...!
Now I better go and finish the other two.

{ ...... }

I party at...

Funky Junk Interiors

Thirty Hand Made Days

Make it Yours @ My Backyard EdenTip Junkie handmade projects

Somewhat Simple
The Shabby Nest

STOP: Before you go check all the other amazing 
Link Parties on my Party page 
where I visited and linked up as well.
Thanks and GO PARTY!




At May 20, 2011 at 5:43 AM , Blogger Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Thanks for this idea. I have several badge holders from conferences that need a little revamp.

At May 20, 2011 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Lola said...

LOVE it!!! I was going to make my own version one for my son's kindergarten teacher, but i LOVE the pen holder...totally inspired. :) Come visit me at

At May 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM , Blogger Kristina said...

I wish I had one of your kids in my class! Those are way too cute!

At May 21, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Polly said...

Oh my - I wish one of MY students would make me one of these - my lanyards are constantly breaking with the weight of my keys and my identification.
I might have to make myself one :)

At May 22, 2011 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Cute project! I know the teachers are going to be thrilled!

At May 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Thank you all!

At May 24, 2011 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Mami Made It said...

Fantastic idea and work! Love it!

At May 24, 2011 at 6:51 AM , Blogger cherished bliss said...

Thank for linking up to Craft and Tell! These are adorable. Really more of an awesome necklace : )

At May 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Emily S said...

Wow what a FANTASTIC idea! I would have loved this when I was a teacher. Great job!

Deviantly Domesticated Team

At May 26, 2011 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Dacia said...

Super cute idea!

At May 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

very cute

At May 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

That is a fantastic idea!!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} as well!


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