Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chapstick Holder Keychain Tutorial

I'm the kind of person that gets dry, chapped lips and I live on chapstick/lip balms year round.  For some reason, during the change of season especially, I get dry skin and lips.  So I like to have it handy at all times.  And I almost always have a purse with me, but I don't know about all of you, but my purse is BIG.  Which makes it easy for things to get lost in it... like the coupon I needed at the grocery store two days ago, or the hair clip my daughter decided to take off while we were out.  The list goes on until I clean out my bag, which is usually once a month.  This is why I wanted to make a small little object, like a chapstick, nice and handy.  
Hence, the Chapstick Holder Keychain!

Want one?  Okay, let's make one!
Here's what you need:

Felt (can also be flannel or any other nonfraying material)
Key ring
You can do with or without a sewing machine for this one.  It's such a small project you can easily hand sew it.  
To make a holder for a regular sized lip balm stick you will need to make a shape like this from your felt.

To do so, cut a square piece that measures 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches.

At 2 1/2 inches from the top, cut to a halfway point like this.

Then trim lengthwise to make an L shape.

You'll be folding over the bottom part and sewing it shut.  But first you'll have to sew on the velcro pieces.

 All sewn up, ready for any details.

The keyring tab is added on the back on mine.

Just use a small, longer rectangular piece of felt and sew it on.  You can also sew it on the side before you sew, or even the bottom.

Now you can add the flower, or any other decoration you like.

All I did was cut out a flower shape from felt, then added a button for the middle and sewed it on with embroidery thread.

Add a keyring and you're done!  Try it out with your chapstick.

You can definitely customize it to the lipstick/gloss/balm of your choice, just measure the L shape to the size you need.  If you have any questions about it, leave me a message here.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Haley said... Best Blogger Tips

super cute idea! I ALWAYS 'loose' mine in the bottom of my purse!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks, Haley!!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the flower and button embellishment...

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday! I hope to see you back this week {party opens on Wed night @ 8pm CST}

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you! I'll definitely be back! :)

Creative Army Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! Yours is beautiful, love the colors.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Creative Army Wife Thank you for stopping by and checking things out!! said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just adorable and so useful.Great tutorial.These are nice inexpensive gifts. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just adorable and so useful.Great tutorial.These are nice inexpensive gifts.

The Doodler said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one of those posts that makes everyone think "why have I never thought of that before?" It's so cute and genius and will definitely be useful!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@The Doodler Thank you so much!!

Paula Parrish said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this tutorial! ;o) My daughter makes all natural lip balm, so this is the perfect project for her to create to hold your handmade lip balm. Thanks for sharing.
Smiles, Paula

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Paula Parrish Thank you, Paula!!

Elisabetta said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved this tutorial and I made a pdf file of it, please tell me if you'd like to have it and add to this post ^^)

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Elisabetta Oh wow, how great!! I'd LOVE to add it (and give you credit) to the post!

Judy said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for th tutorial. I made some with initials on them.