Bondoggle or Scoubidou is the art of making lanyards. Several long strands of rope, cord, or other similar materials are used in this well-loved craft. By making different knots, shapes and forms, lanyards can be created with the strands.
In 1935, New York Times used the term Bondoggle to report that $3 million dollars were spent on recreational crafts classes. The tools that were created during these classes were made of leather or cloth and named the production as “boon doggles”.
Lanyards are always useful for securing your gadgets and now, you can make one for yourself or give it as a gift. Don’t worry if you’re just a beginner. You can start with the easy, step-by-step guide of making the crown sinnet lanyard. First, prepare these materials:
1. Cord, gimp, or craft lace
2. Measuring tape or ruler
4. Lanyard hook
The Step-By-Step Guide
1. Cut two lengths of cord or craft lace about 1 meter each. This should yield around 7.6 centimeters. However, you can always choose to cut a longer length if you desire a thicker or longer lanyard. Beginners should always use two colors for the two lengths.
2. Stretch the cords, fold it in half, and find the center. The ends should be even to make sure that it truly is the cord’s midsection.
3. Imitate the cross sign by placing the two centers of the cord over each other. If you need to use the lanyard as a key holder, slip the clip into the end of the bottom cord and slowly pull it towards the center. You can adjust the position later if it’s not exactly in the middle.
4. Fold two loops using the bottom cord. Use one finger or a heavy but small object to hold the center down so it wouldn’t move while you finish the first stitch. Use your free hand to grab the bottom cord’s end. Create a large loop by holding the bottom end over the center. Make another large loop by grabbing the other bottom end. Make sure that the ends loop over the finger in the center and that they are not overlapping.
5. Draw the end of the top cord towards the center.
6. Use the second loop to pull the end of the top cord. This can simply be done by placing it on top of the first loop. By now, both ends of your top cords are facing the same direction.
7. Grab the untouched end of the other top cord. This cord should be the only one left that’s not part of the loop.
8. Use your second loop and pull the top cord through it. Just place it on top of the first loop that you will meet. The loop that the second cord just went through is the same loop your first cord was placed on top of.
9. Remove the finger that’s holding down the center and put it on the first stitch’s top. Steady the middle and tighten your stitch.
10. Use your free hand to tug all the ends of your cords and tighten your stitch. You can repeat the process until all the stitches are tight. Secure your clip or hook in place by turning the stitch over. The clip should be directly above the series of stitches you just created. The stitches may look like a woven box. Tighten the stitches again when you have adjusted the clip.
11. Start making another knot. Prepare two non-crossing loops. The end of the first cord should go through the second loop and over the first loop. Repeat the process with the end of the second cord. Tug down the ends to tighten it.
12. Repeat all the knots until your cord runs out.
13. Finish the lanyard. If you are using lace, just cut and burn the ends to close it. If you are using a gimp, finish the stitch, tighten it and trim the strands.
Always keep the tension of the stitches tight for a tidy, crisp look. Once all the stitches are done, your lanyard will remain durable. You can put the lanyard in hot water to strengthen it even more. Now, you have your own customized lanyard. Still, if you need lanyards in large quantities, it’d be better to get in touch with companies that manufacture them.
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