How to Do the Lanyard Spiral Braid Stitch

Updated November 21, 2016

Making a lanyard using the spiral braid stitch gives it a twisted look. You use flat plastic craft lace to make the lanyards. The craft lace is also known as boondoggle, rexlace, gimp or Scooby-Doo and it comes in a variety of colours. It is commonly used as a kids craft material to make lanyards, zipper pulls, key chains and bracelets. You use a simple weaving technique with two different lace colours to get the braided look.

Pull both strands through the lanyard hook so they are hanging evenly in the middle, making four strands hanging down. Use the push pin to secure the lanyard hook to a wall or table surface. Make sure it is a surface that won't be damaged by the push pin, such as a cork board.

Pull the far right strand behind the two middle strands and around the front toward the right. Pull the far left strand around behind the same two middle strands and around the front to the left. This makes half a spiral braid stitch.

Pull the far right strand around the middle two strands again and over to the right. Pull the far left strand around the middle two strands and over them toward the left. Pull the stitch tight. Don't pull it too tight or the plastic lace could rip. The two middle strands will be the same colour. This is one completed spiral stitch.

Weave the same stitches alternating right and left until you reach the desired length of your lanyard. The ending stitch should have the middle two strands as the same colour to ensure it's a full stitch.

Make a simple knot out of the end strands, also called a granny knot. Pull the knot tightly to secure your lanyard.


Use any combination of colours to make these lanyards. You can also do shorter versions of them for key chains or zipper pulls.

Things You'll Need

  • Lanyard hook
  • Two different coloured strands of plastic lace, 3 yards long
  • Push pin
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