Knotted Keyring


I was in the shop the other day and Jocelyn (of Beam&Anchor) said, “I love the long keychain thing that’s on the desk.” I realized later she was referring to the shape of the camera wrist strap, but that instantly put an idea in my head of making a key carry with a longer, maybe lanyard-like component.

So, I was playing in the shop with ideas and knots and leather scraps and leather lace and came up with a few attempts. Posting them on Instagram, I realized that folks might like one and why not do a DIY too?

It’s similar to the camera wrist strap, but with a twist. I wanted to get the ends on either side, while keeping a long loop in the middle, but having it tied flat with itself. The purpose of the loop is two-fold – one to be very visible when thrown in a bag or backpack, and two to be able to tie though a belt loop and stick in your pocket.

Start by cutting a 3 1/2″ piece of strap that’s 5/8″ wide. I’ve used a belt punch to round both ends, but you can trim with shears too. Punch a series of six holes that are large enough to easily feed your lace though.

Before lacing, feed a split-ring though the leather and fold in half. If you add the split ring later, you will mar up the leather. Once folded in half, you can start the lacing in the top left hole with a knot in the lace. Pull though to the knot. Turn the piece over and you’ll let the lace form the loop handle and come back up to the other side, top right hole. Once though there, you’ll spiral it down on one side, while creating horizontal loops on the other. These loops will wrap around your long handle segments and keep them flush and straight with the leather body. Once you pull it though the last hole, tie a knot at the very end and then tighten the whole assembly with all your extra forming more of the long loop.

You can customize with with more loops on the body, or a rivet like shown in the last pic, or use d-rings and feed split rings through them… Or any number of options.

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8 Responses to “Knotted Keyring”

  1. Mari says:

    Thank you! I think I will attempt this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day! It’s perfect for any man in your life. I do have a question though. Where could one buy all these supplies?

    • MMP says:

      If there’s no leather store near you, check for a Tandy Leather location or order online. Or you could use a scrap from an old belt, and get leather laces from a local cobbler or shoe repairperson.

  2. Taras says:

    Excellent job!

  3. Phil Brown says:

    Matt, are your copper rivets hand punched with a hammer, or do you have a press? If by hand, may i ask where you source them from? They add such a great aspect to the pieces you have been doing.

  4. Simone says:

    You can hang it from your wrist this way as well. I regularly don’t have pockets but need to bring my keys -without my handbag- when I go walk our dog. Thank you for that idea. Glad you’re back.

  5. Kim says:

    Do you have a youtube video on how to make this ? In order to show kids ?