Last month, I finally got off my lazy bum and joined our local gym. It includes childcare, so now I have no excuse not to work out. In an effort to get a little more organized (because 8am mornings with an infant are hectic to say the least) I needed to find an id holder with a lanyard, and it needed to be double sided so both our badges can be easily scanned. So I raided my scraps and whipped one up for free last night. Overall I’d say it’s not too hard for my first effort! I used gallon ziplock bags for the plastic, and some leftover rope trim as my lanyard. Want to see how to make your own? Directions are below!
• Scrap fabric (2 squares measuring 3.5 x 5 inches)
• Gallon ziplock bag (the plastic is thicker than the sandwich kind)
• Ribbon/rope for lanyard
1) Cut two squares measuring 3.5″ tall x 5″ wide. Trace your id on the back with even borders.
2) Cut out your window by following your traced line.
3) Measure and cut your ziplocks to fit over the window. Add a 1/4″ border around all sides. Keep a fold line in your cut so the two layers stay together.
4) Sew the plastic to the fabric with an 1/8th inch seam.
5) Fold and pin the top of the holder down
6) Sew the top down with a 1/4 inch seam.
7) Place your badge pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam around the 3 raw edges, leaving the top open.
8) Flip right-side-out
9) Top-stitch following your seam from sewing the plastic window on.
10) If you have velcro, sew it to the top to keep your cards in place. You can also use a snap or button.
11) If you have a grommet, punch in the corner and slide your rope/ribbon through and tie. If not, you can sew it in place.
That’s it! It’s a quick and easy project. The double windows easily allow both id cards to be scanned quickly, and the velcro keeps it all in place. And I guess the secret is out… my first name is Lauren. Weird, I know! When I changed my name after I got married and saw Lauren Norsworthy instead of Brooke MaidenName, it was like taking on a whole new identity. Very bizarre.
This would make a fun kids project for your little one too. You can even print up a fake ID out of cardstock for them! I may just have to make one for Charlie when she’s a little older so she can wear it to the gym like her mama