How to Make a Corkscrew Boondoggle

Written by nina hughes
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The corkscrew boondoggle lanyard design is made using four strands of plastic craft lace. Craft lace comes in a wide variety of colours and is available in most craft stores. The flat plastic lace is used to make boondoggles -- usually designed as lanyards, key chains or zipper pulls. The corkscrew stitch is one of the trickier styles to make because you need to keep track of several strands. Bright or contrasting colours make the corkscrew stitch eye-catching.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Craft lace in four colours
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut three strands of craft lace with scissors, each in a different colour and all at equal length. Cut a fourth strand in another colour, one-and-a-half times longer than the first three strands. You will make about 2 inches of woven corkscrew for every 3 feet of craft lace with the strands of even length.

  2. 2

    Fold the three even strands in half to find the middle. Fold the longer strand in half to find its middle. Unfold the strands and lay the three even strands over the longer strand. Cross them at the centres.

  3. 3

    Fold the ends of the longer strand over the middle, making two parallel loops. Weave each of the ends from the three even strands over the first loop and under the second. Pull the strand ends out to the opposite direction to create the weave. Pull all the strands tight to secure the stitch. It will look like three small woven squares next to each other.

  4. 4

    Fold the ends of the longer strand over the middle again, but this time, hold the strands diagonally over the middle instead of parallel with the first stitch. Weave each of the three shorter strands into the loops, going over the first loop and under the second. Pull the strands tight, keeping the stitch diagonal.

  5. 5

    Make loops over the middle again, holding them diagonally. Weave the strands into the loops as before and pull them tight. As you go, you will see the twisted design of the corkscrew boondoggle stitch beginning to form. Continue weaving until your boondoggle project is as long as you want it.

  6. 6

    Leave your last stitch loose. Feed each strand around the loose stitch into the side, pulling the strand out through the middle of the stitch. Do this with all of the strands. You will have a few strands coming through the middle of the end weaves and two coming through the middle of the boondoggle. Trim the ends with the scissors if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Slide a lanyard clip onto the top of the project and then attach that to a keyring to make it into a key chain.
  • Do not pull the strands too hard when tightening the stitches, since they can rip.

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