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 Badge Holder

Badge Strap

Description:   The Badge Holder is a long Macrame necklace 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.  

You create the beaded neck strap in two parts, each half the total length.   In the finishing steps, you link the two halves. The necklace fits over the head, since it does not have a clasp.

Make sure the total length is at least 26 inches in length, or that it can fit easily over your head. 

The beads are an important part of this design, since they make the necklace more stable.  You can use waxed material if you don't want the beads.

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

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


Supplies Needed:
  • 2 mm Cotton cord material (see total amounts below)
  • Badge clip with strap (the type with a snap closure)
  • Tape measure
  • 8 mm - 10 mm beads with 4 mm 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.    Make sure you can slip it off over your head. Then measure the cord to get the finished length you need to make.

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

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

(Optional) 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


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:  Make a loop with the right cord over - under the left cord.  As you pull it right, pass over the right cord.  Tighten firmly.

Part 2

Step 2:  Tie another clockwise loop under - over the left cord.  As you pull it right, pass under the right cord.  Tighten firmly.

Steps 1 and 2 = One Larks Head Knot

Six Knots

Step 3:   Repeat steps 1 and 2, tying a total of six knots for the first half.  

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

For clips with wider straps, tie more than 6 knots. 

Second Half

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

Tie 6 Larks Head knots with the same working cord, 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. 

Add extra knots at each end of the Larks Head design if needed.

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

Step 1

Step 6:  Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.

Move working cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 and 3 (filler cords) and under working cord 4.

Step 2

Move working cord 4 under filler cords 2 and 3. 

As you pull it left, bring it over working cord 1.

Step 3

The two working cords have switched places.

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

Step 4

Move working cord 4 under fillers 2 and 3 and over working cord 1. 

Macrame Cord Divider


Badge Holder Neck Strap

The neck strap 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:  Move cords 1 and 4 out of the way. 

Place a new holding cord under cords 2 and 3.  

Balance the new cord by matching the ends, then 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 backward, so it rests against 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 beaded 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 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 holding cords 6 and 7. 

Use a wire threader if necessary (see below).

Slide the cords through the bead one at a time.


Fold a wire in half, and slide it through the bead hole.

Pass the end of one cord through the folded area of the wire.  Pull on both halves of the wire to bring the cord all the way through the hole.

Step 10:  All the Larks Head knots in this section of the Badge Holder are to be made following the two steps below:

Part 1

Make a loop with cord 8 by passing over - under cords 6 and 7 (clockwise)

As you pull it to the right, bring it over cord 8.

Part 2

For the next loop, move cord 8 under - over cords 6 and 7.

Bring it under cord 8 as you pull it to the right.

Both steps = 1 Vertical Larks Head knot

Cord 5

Step 11:  Repeat step 10, tying the next Larks Head knot with cord 5 onto holding 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 sure you follow this same pattern all the way through.

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 total length, half would be 15 inches.  Subtract 3 inches = 12 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

  • Cord 1 = knots counter-clockwise
  • Cord 4 = knots clockwise

Step 14, continued:  After each bead is added, the first knot is tied with cord 1, followed by cord 4. Make sure you follow this same pattern so both halves match.

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.

Step 15: Repeat step 13.

Macrame Cord Divider

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 closest to the front of your board.

Cords 2, 3, 6, 7 were the holding cords, and should rest next to each other heading 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 measuring 1/2-inch

Step 19:  Pull the holding cords to remove the slack between the two ends of the necklace.  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 the Badge Holder upside down 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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