Business and Travel Accessories

Dessert Roll – Featured is Glace’ by 3 Sisters
For the Lanyard:
1 – 1″ Suspender/Mitten Clip – featured Dritz #10
1 – Large Eyelet Kit, size 1/4″ – featured Dritz #659-65
1 1/2 yards – 1/4″ ribbon
3″ – 7/8″ ribbon
Spare Parts – Alpha Sliders by the Paper Studio (I got mine from the scrap booking section in my local craft store)
Fabric glue – I like to use Helmar’s Premium Craft Glue.
For the Handle Wrap:
Scrap piece of batting (5″ x 5″)
4″ piece of velcro (hook and loop sides.)
For the Luggage Tag:
12″ – 1/4″ ribbon
Flexible Clear Plastic – I used a sheet protector and just cut it to size.

applique’s or other embellishments
Step One:
Select one strip from your dessert roll to use for your lanyard strap.

Keeping the strip folded in half cut the ends of the strip off so that your strip measures 21 1/2″ folded. When you unfold your strip, your strip should measure 43″ long.
Step Two:
Fold and iron your strip lengthwise.

Fold and iron your strip once more lengthwise.

Unfold your strip so you can see the crease in the center from the second fold.

Fold and iron both sides of the strip inward matching up with the crease in the center.

Fold and iron the strip in half one last time, concealing the raw edges inside the fold.

Step Three:

Stitch on either side of the strip as close the the edge as you can without going over.

Step Four:

Fold your strip in half matching the two short ends together. Make a crease in the center of strap. This will help find the center of the strap when attaching the eyelets.

Step Five:
With a marking pen (I used a fine tip sharpie), measure 3 1/2″ from the center on either side of the crease {center of strap} and mark with a small dot. From this dot, measure 6″ on both sides and mark another dot. From this dot, measure 6″ one last time on both sides and mark a last dot. You should now have 6 dots on your strap evenly spaced.

Step Six:

Following the directions on the Eyelet Kit, attach 6 eyelets to the marked locations on your strap.

Your strap should now look something like this…

Step Seven:
Determine which side you want facing out when wearing and starting on the back side, weave your 1/4″ ribbon in and out through your eyelets on the strap. Your ribbon should end up on the same side but on the opposite end when finished. Make sure the ribbon is pulled tight and lays flat against the strap on both sides.

Cut the ribbon to fit the strap. (Shown below is the back side. of the strap)

Step Eight:
Keeping the ribbon flat against the strap, stitch the ribbon down to the strap on either end to hold in place.

Step Nine:

At this point I like to wrap the strap around the back side of my neck and then cross the ends in front of me to make sure everything is lined up properly. The strap ends will cross one another with both right sides facing up so when wearing your lanyard it lays nice and flat against you and won’t twist around.

Your eyelets should line up with each other towards the ends of the straps. Stack your strap one end on top of the other with both sides facing up matching the two end eyelets together. Don’t worry if the ends of your straps are slightly off. As long as your eyelet match up then your lanyard won’t look lopsided.

Step Ten:
Stitch your two ends together about a 1/2″ up from the end.

Step Eleven:

With the back sides of your strap facing up, weave the sewn ends through the Suspender Clip towards the back side of the clip.

Stitch the ends down in two places. I like to stitch over my original stitch for the one closest to the clip and then stitch again towards the end of the straps for extra reinforcement. Please sew slowly as your are sewing through several layers of fabric at this point.

Step Twelve:

Apply the letter you wish to have on your lanyard to one of the metal sliders with the ribbon holes facing east and west so that when you tie on your letter with your ribbon your letter will be facing in the right direction.

Step Thirteen:
Using your 7/8″ ribbon, wrap and glue your ribbon around the base of the lanyard covering any stitching you may have made to attach the clip to your strap. I folded over end of the ribbon to conceal any raw edges. The seam of the ribbon should be at the back side fo your strap.

Using the leftover 1/4″ ribbon weave the ribbon through your Alpha Slider so that it is in the center of your ribbon. Holding the slider in place on the front side of the strap, wrap the ends of the ribbon around the strap a few times ending up at the top of the Alpha Slider. Tie a tight knot in the ribbon securing the Alpha Slider and ribbon in place. Trim off the ends of the ribbon as desired.

Clip your strap to your ID Badge and you are now styling a new look with your lanyard. Make one for your friends and one in all colors to coordinate with your wardrobe!


Step One:

From another piece of Dessert roll, cut 2 – 5″ pieces so that you have two 5″ squares. Charm Packs would also work great for these. Use two coordinating fabrics to have a reversible handle wrap. I added an an applique’ letter A to one side of the handle wrap to personalize my wrap.
You will want to do any applique stitching or other embellishments now before attaching the two pieces of fabric together.

Step Two:
Layer your pieces in the following order from top to bottom….
5″ square of fabric Right side facing down
5″ square of fabric Right side facing up
5″ square of batting.

With all layers sandwiched together, stitch a 1/4″ around all sides leaving a 3″ opening to turn.

Clip corners before turning.

Step Three:

Turn handle wrap Right sides out and iron flat. Stitch a 1/8″ seam around all four sides closing the opening at the same time.

Step Four:
Cut a piece from both the hook and the loop tape to 4″ long.

Stitch the hook and loop tape to top of one side of the wrap and the bottom of the back side of the wrap.

You now have a very stylish handle wrap and your bags will no longer be mistaken for someone elses at the airport.


Step One:
From the same strip of fabric used for your handle wrap, cut 2 pieces of fabric at 5″ x 3″.
Again, I used an applique on one side of my luggage tag out of a coordinating fabric.

Step Two:

With right Sides together, sew a 1/4″ seam around the tag leaving a 1 1/2″ – 2″ opening at the TOP of the luggage tag. Clip corners and turn. Iron flat.

Step Three:

Cut a piece of 1/4″ ribbon – 12″ long and fold in half.

Place the folded end of the ribbon in the top opening of the luggage tag about a 1/2″ inside with the ends of the ribbon sticking outside of the opening. Stitch across the top of the luggage tag backstitching a couple times over the ribbon to secure in place.

Step Four:
From the Sheet Protector or other thin clear plastic, cut 4″ down from the fold of the sheet protector and across 2 1/2″ {you will ultimately have two layers joined together by the fold.}
The fold of the sheet protector will become the opening end for your ID information for the luggage tag.

Place the cut piece of plastic on the back side {blank side} of the luggage tag. If your plastic hangs over the edges, then trim down to fit the luggage tag. Stitch around the three sides that meet up with the fabric with about 1/8″ seam.
You now have a coordinating luggage tag to insert your ID information or business card incase your luggage gets lost.

You are now set apart from the rest of the world with your very own customized travel accessories. Make some for everyone you know or multiple colors for you! You can get several accessories out of one Dessert Roll.
Angela Yosten

0 comments on “Business and Travel Accessories

  1. Sherri says:

    Love both of these projects…the lanyard and the handle wrap are terrific ideas! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  2. Micki says:

    Thanks for the tutorials. They are both really nice projects!

  3. Stephanie says:

    What terrific ideas…especially for the lucky ones heading to (or already at) Quilt Market.

  4. just brillant angela.

  5. These are the cutest lanyards ever. Genius girl, purse genius.

  6. V and Co. says:

    angela that is super cute! i think i need one of those for my sissors!

  7. Camille says:

    I heart my lanyard, suitcase handle wrap, slippers and YOU! You are brilliant girl, and darn sweet if I do say so myself.

  8. Pam says:

    Thanks for the tutorials. I think the handle wraps will be great for family car trips so I can tell whose suitcase is whose!

  9. Sheri Howard says:

    After seeing the real thing…I am excited to make all my own coordinated accessories!!!