Keychain Lanyard – Leather Crafts

Keychain Lanyard

This lanyard folds and snaps over your belt to ensure your keys never get lost again. Use it on backpacks and bags to keep your keys stowed safely in place. This project begins to explore hardware elements, introducing the snap and a swivel clip.

Finished size

6¼ ×1 inches (16×2.5cm)


1 piece 4–5 ounce (1.6–2.0mm) vegetable-tanned leather, ½ ×10 inches (1.6×25.5cm)


Button snap, Ligne 20

Swivel clip


Keychain Lanyard Template (


Strap cutter

English point end punch, 1 inch (2.5cm)

Rotary punch

Snap setter, Ligne 20


Techniques Used

Working with Templates

Cutting: Using a Strap Cutter

Punching: Using End Punches

Punching: Using a Rotary Punch

Hardware: Attaching Snaps

1 Cut a strap. Using the strap cutter, cut a 5/8-inch (1.6cm) strap at least 10 inches (25.5cm) in length.

2 Prepare the template and trace it. Transfer the paper template pattern to cardstock. Using a mechanical pencil, trace the cardstock template onto the leather strap, marking the ends and hole locations.

3 Cut to length. Using the English point end punch, cut each end of the strap, as shown on the template.

4 Punch the holes. Using the #2 (⅛-in.; 0.3cm) hole size of the rotary punch, punch the holes, as shown on the template.

5 Attach hardware. Fold the end with two holes through the swivel clip so the holes line up, with the rough sides of the leather facing. Using the snap setter, set the post and stud of the button snap through the lined-up holes, threading the post from the finished side of the strap.

6 Finish the snap. Attach the top two parts of the snap in the punched hole at opposite end of the lanyard using the snap setter. Insert the button snap cap from the finished side of the strap and the socket from the rough side.