Mouse Ears Backpack Lanyard Crochet Pattern

| Original: August 10, 2022

If you've been following my Instagram stories, you might have noticed that I recently returned from a trip to Disneyland in June!

The trip was amazing and we had the most wonderful time.

Crochet Backpack Lanyard for Mouse Ears FREE Crochet Pattern

We booked the trip only about 2 months before going, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to plan and make all the things I wanted to make for the trip.

The planning part was stressful as this is our first time traveling in forever since the start of the pandemic and rules are still changing by the minute. But we are so thankful that everything went very smoothly during our trip!

A while back, I shared the process of making my light-up floral mouse ears on my Instagram stories. Then you might have seen photos of us wearing our DIY mouse ears at the park!

The floral mouse ears were so delicate that I needed a way to transport them to Disneyland without them falling apart in my luggage or carry-on.

Crochet Backpack Lanyard for Mouse Ears FREE Crochet Pattern

I searched for ways to carry mouse ears when not wearing them and came across these lanyard straps that people attach to their backpacks. So I decided to make some myself, a crochet version of course!

In case you were wondering, I didn't end up using these for my floral mouse ears just because I wasn't confident that the flowers will stay on with all the friction and movement.

The flower crown might end up falling apart before we even get to land in California, so we end up wearing them onto the airplane.

Crochet Backpack Lanyard for Mouse Ears FREE Crochet Pattern

However, these mouse ear holder straps are great for holding the mouse ears you buy from the park. They're also handy for when you're in the parks and want to give your mouse ears a rest from your head.

So if you're planning a trip to Disneyland and need a way to make a mouse ears lanyard, check out this pattern below!

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Crochet Backpack Lanyard for Mouse Ears FREE Crochet Pattern

What You Need / Materials

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Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • ch - chain
  • slst - slip stitch
  • sc - single crochet
  • sc inc - single crochet increase


  • I used a technique called "Yarn Under Single Crochet" to make the stitches tighter and neater, but this is not mandatory for this pattern.
  • When crocheting on the chain, I went through the bump on the back of the foundation chain. Then, I went through the stitches when crocheting on the other side of the chain. This method makes the hole in the middle of the strap smaller, but again, this method is not mandatory.
  • I used the invisible fasten-off method to neatly finish the work before I weaved in my ends.

Backpack Lanyard Pattern

Using a 4.0 mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice, leave a long tail at the beginning to sew on a button at the end...
Ch 36
Round 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook, sc in the next 33 ch, 3 sc in the last st
Continue to crochet on the other side of the ch sc in the next 33 st, sc inc in the last st (72 sts)

Do not join. Continue working in a spiral.

Round 2: Sc inc, sc in the next 33 sts, sc inc, sc, ch 20 (you can chain longer if you want to have more slack in your strap), sc into the same st as previous, sc inc. On the other side of the long strap, sc in the next 33 sts, ch 6, skip 3 sts, sc in the next 2 sts, slst (78 sts + 20 ch sts)

Cut and fasten off invisibly. Weave in your ends.


Use the yarn tail from the beginning when you made the strap to attach a small button so you can fix your strap and hold on to your mouse ears!

Did you make your own Mouse Ears Holder Strap? I'd love to see it! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.

This is an original crochet pattern written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this crochet pattern as your own. If you wish to share this crochet pattern, you may link to this blog post but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for personal use but please DO NOT sell or distribute the crochet pattern.

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