How to Sew a Lanyard with a Safety Breakaway Clasp

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The Easy Way to Sew a Safety Breakaway Lanyard

Until I did my previous video and post about how to sew a lanyard, I didn’t know about safety breakaway clasps for lanyards – also called breakaway clasps, fast release clasps, quick release clasps, fast release buckles, you get the idea. I’d only seen and used lanyards that were a fabric loop with a clasp or clip on the end.

I learned a lot from the comments on this basic fabric lanyard video on YouTube. Apparently the lanyards I’ve used forever aren’t even legal in the UK. Hospitals don’t like them because if a patient grabs it it would be hard for the staff to get away. It makes so much sense once you hear it! I needed to learn more about these clasps and give it a try – so my second lanyard video was born.

Lanyards are a great way to use up fabric scraps. You can use a single strip of fabric or sew multiple pieces together for a more scrappy look. use them for keys, id badges, trade show badges and more. Make them for teacher appreciation gifts, gifts for co-workers, stocking stuffers or lanyards are also great things to sew and sell.

Here are a few things I learned about how to sew a lanyard with a safety clasp:

clasps for safety breakaway lanyards
  • You need to pay attention when buying the clasp. It’s not going to help much if you have to find and squeeze the buckle if someone is yanking on your lanyard.
  • There aren’t as many options as I expected – at least not in the US where they aren’t required for lanyards. When I did a search on Amazon a lot of buckles you have to pinch to open came up. Make sure you get the kind that will pull apart on it’s own. (If you are in the UK or other country where these are required, can you leave me a comment and let me know if they are easier to find? I’m curious!)
  • Lanyards with fast release buckles are actually EASIER to sew than the basic fabric loop lanyard. That was a pleasant surprise!

Safety Breakaway Lanyards and supplies




00:00 Introduction
00:10 What a quick release hook is
01:04 Supplies
01:47 Prepare your fabric
03:34 Add fusible fleece
04:31 How to piece fusible fleece scraps

06:10 How to use a Tailor’s Clapper
08:14 Sew lanyard fabric together
09:17 How to use leader fabric for sewing
10:13 How to raise the bobbin thread
11:14 Add the lanyard hardware


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🧵 Tara Reed

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How to sew a lanyard (with just the fabric loop) >

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