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 Badge Holder

Badge Strap

Description:   The Badge Holder is a custom Macrame design featuring Larks Head knots.  There is a buttonhole loop in the front, where you attach a badge clip. That's the metal portion shown in the image above.  

The lanyard fits over the head, so needs to be at least 26 inches in size

It's important to used beads if the cord material you plan to use is flexible, like the Cotton crochet cord shown here.  For material that's somewhat stiff, or is waxed, the beads are optional.

The finished length described below is the measurement all the way around the lanyard.  This does not include the buttonhole in the front.

You create the beaded design in two parts, each half the total length.   In the finishing steps, you link the two halves. 

Since this Macrame project features basic knots, it's rated Easy and suitable for beginners.   


Supplies Needed:
  • 2mm cord material (see total amounts below)
  • Badge Clip with strap (the type with a snap closure)
  • Tape Measure
  • 8mm - 10mm beads with 4mm holes (30 or more)
  • Project Board, pins, and tape
  • Fabric Glue
  • Wire for threading beads

Knots Used:


To determine the appropriate size for your Badge Holder, put a cord around your neck and bring the ends together, where you want the clip to rest.    Measure the cord to get the finished length.

Choose the size you want to make from the table, and cut the cords to the proper length. 

Prepare the ends of the two holding cords with glue.  Tie Overhand knots at the tips of the two working cords. 

To eliminate fuzz, rub beeswax on the cords.

Finished Length Working Cords
Holding Cords
26 - 28 inches Cut 2 cords, 4.5 yards long
Cut 2 cords, 2.5 yards long
29 - 31 inches Cut 2 cords, 5 yards long
Cut 2 cords, 3 yards long
32 - 34 inches Cut 2 cords, 5.5 yards long
Cut 2 cords, 3 yards long
35 - 37 inches Cut 2 cords, 6 yards long
Cut 2 cords, 3 yards long


Front of Badge Holder (Loop)

Secure the two working cords on your board vertically, matching the centers.  Apply a piece of tape to mark the center, which is where the first Larks Head knot will rest. 

Part 1

Use the cord on the right to tie all the Larks Head knots, onto the cord on the left.  The two loops should be tied rotating clockwise.

Step 1:  Pass the right cord over - under the left cord.  As you pull the end right, it should pass over the right cord.  Tighten firmly.

Part 2

Step 2:  Tie a second clockwise loop, passing under and then over the left cord.  As you pull the end right, bring it under the right cord.  Tighten firmly.

Steps 1 and 2 = One Larks Head Knot

Six Knots

Step 3:   Check to verify that the short strap on the clip is the same width as 4 knots. 

Repeat steps 1 and 2, tying a total of 6 knots for the first half.  

For a wider strap (on the clip), add more knots. 

Second Half

Step 4:  Remove the tape and turn the knots around.  Secure the first knot at the center.

Tie 6 Larks Head knots, rotating counter-clockwise.  Add extra knots if you did so in the first half.

Add the Clip

Step 5:   Place the clip at the center of the buttonhole design.  Fold and snap it together.  You can add extra knots if needed.

Bring all 4 ends together at the bottom, forming the loop at the front of the Badge Holder.

Step 6:  Mentally number the cords from left to right, 1 - 4.  Tie a Square Knot using cords 1 and 4 (shown below).  The fillers are cords 2 and 3.

Step 1
<< Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 and 3, and under cord 4.

Move cord 4 under 2 and 3.  As you pull it left, bring it over the curved part of cord 1. >>
Step 2

Step 3
The two working cords have switched places.

<< Move cord 1 to the left, over cords 2 and 3, and under cord 4.

Move cord 4 under 2 and 3, and over cord 1, on the right>>
Step 4

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Badge Holder Lanyard

The lanyard is the portion that goes around your neck, and features Larks Head knots that face opposite directions

Beads are applied to the two holding cords, which are added in the next few steps:

New Cord

Step 7:  Place a new cord under cords 2 and 3.   Move cords 1 and 4 out of the way. 

Balance the new cord by matching the ends, and secure it at the center.

Square Knot

Use the two halves of the new cord to tie a Square knot onto cords 2 and 3.

Follow the four step process shown in step 6.

Slide the SK up, so it rests just below the one tied in step 6.

Step 8:  Repeat step 7 with the second holding cord.   You will now have 8 cords to make the lanyard portion of the Badge Holder.

Step 9: Mentally number the cords 1 - 8.  Turn the design horizontally, so the clip is on the right.   Move cords 1 - 4 to the top, out of your way.  You will be using cords 5 - 8 for the first half.

Check to make sure the two holding cords (6 and 7) are the new ones you added in steps 7 and 8.  They are shorter than the other two, which are the working cords.   You can re-arrange the cords if necessary.

First Bead

Slide a bead onto cords 6 and 7. 

Use a wire threader if necessary (see below).

Slide the cords through the bead on at a time.

Fold a wire in half, and slide it through the bead hole. You may need to expand the wire slightly.

Pass the end of one cord through the folded area of the wire.  Pull on the ends of the wire to bring it, along with the cord, through the hole.

Cord Threader

Step 10:  Tie 1 vertical Larks Head knot with cord 8, onto cords 6 and 7. 

The two steps are shown below:

First Half
<<  Move cord 8 over - under cords 6 and 7 (clockwise)
As you pull it to the right, bring it over cord 8.

Move cord 8 under - over cords 6 and 7, and under cord 8 as you pull it to the right. >>
Second Half

All the Larks Head knots in the Badge Holder are to be made following the two steps above. 

When using the working cord on the left, rotate counter-clockwise to make the two loops.

Cord 5

Step 11:  Tie the next Larks Head knot with cord 5, onto cords 6 and 7.  Rotate counter-clockwise.

Add the next bead to cords 6 and 7. 

Step 12:  Repeat steps 10 and 11 several more times.  After each bead is added, the first knot is tied with cord 8, followed by cord 5. 

Make very sure you alternate the same way each time.

Stop when the first half of the Badge Holder is half the size you are aiming for, minus 3 inches.

So for a 30-inch design, the first half should be 12 inches (15 inches - 3 inches). 

Step 13:  Tie 2.5 inches of Larks Head knots, but do not add any beads. 

Second Half

Step 14:  Turn the Badge Holder around, so the clip is on the left.  Use cords 1 - 4 to make the second half.

The beads are placed on cords 2 and 3.  The first working cord you use is cord 1, followed by cord 4.

Rotate counter-clockwise to make the two loops.

Step 15:  Repeat steps 12 and 13

Stop the beaded area at the same place as the first half.   Be sure to measure each half rather than counting the beads.

Placing the two halves side by side is the best way to ensure you stop in the right place, but you can use a tape measure if you wish.

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Finishing Touches

Overhand Knot

Step 16:  Locate the two working cords for the first half of the Badge Holder (cords 5 and 8).  Tie them together with an Overhand knot. 

Apply glue before tightening.

Make sure the knot rests in the back, and is as tight as possible.


Step 17:  Organize the remaining cords, by forming a circle with the two halves.  The first half, which now has only two cords, should be at the bottom.

Cords 2, 3, 6, 7 were the holding cords, and should rest next to each other, in opposite directions.


Step 18:  To connect the two halves, use cord 4 to tie a Larks Head knot onto all 4 holding cords.  Tighten firmly.  Use cord 1 to tie the next knot.

Alternate back and forth between the two cords, tying several more knots for 1/2-inch

Step 19:  Pull the holding cords, to remove the slack between the two ends of the lanyard.  The knots should be close together when you are through. 

Make sure nothing is twisted.

Organize the cords so that three are one one side of the strap, and three on the opposite side, as shown below.

Back of Strap

Step 20:  Turn over the Badge Holder, so you are working in the back.  Use one cord from each side to tie an Overhand knot.  Apply glue before tightening firmly. 

Repeat with the other two sets of cords.  Cut off the extra material when the glue is dry.

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