Lip Balm Key Fob

Perfect for teens, tweens, teachers and coworkers and anyone else who keeps lip balm handy!

Perfect for teens, tweens, teachers and coworkers and anyone else who keeps lip balm handy!

Taking a cue from one of my favorite Sew Easy projects (a simple key fob), our first Sewing for the Holidays project is a key fob that doubles as a lip balm carrier.  The following directions will work for your basic tube lip balm (Burt’s Bees, Chapstick, etc).

Supplies Needed:

  • Two 2″ x 8″ rectangles of fusible interfacing
  • Remnants of two complementary 100% cotton fabrics (ideally a bit larger than 2″ x 8″)
  • One 1.5″ D ring
  • Lip Balm

Tip:  selecting a non-directional fabric with a small print works best

Step One: Cut, Fuse and Cut Again

Don’t skip the interfacing.  Without it, the fabric will stretch and you will eventually lose your lip balm!

Begin by drawing two 2″ x 8″ rectangles on the interfacing and cut out the rectangles.  (I like to loosely cut around the rectangles so I actually cut through both the interfacing and fabric after it’s fused.)  Following your interfacing directions, fuse one rectangle to the back of each fabric and cut out the rectangles of fabric.

Tip: Leave some space around the rectangles of interfacing when you cut them out so you can cut out the interfacing and fabric at once after it's fused.

Tip: Leave some space around the rectangles of interfacing when you cut them out so you can cut out the interfacing and fabric at once after it’s fused.

You'll have two strips of fabric, each with interfacing on the back.

You’ll have two strips of fabric, each with interfacing on the back.

 

Step Two: Sew Strips Together

Place strips right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around three sides, leaving one of the  2″ ends open.  Be sure you backstitch at the beginning and end, or the strips will come apart when you turn it right side out. Clip the corners and turn the tube right-side-out.

Clip the corners after you have sewn the two strips together.  Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Clip the corners after you have sewn the two strips together. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Step Three:  Press Tube

After you have turned the tube right-side-out, press it flat and turn the open end in 1/2″.

Pressed Tube Side One

Pressed Tube Side 2

Step Four: Sew Pocket

Fold up the sewn end about 2 1/2″ (or the length of your lip balm tube) to create a a pocket for the tube.  Sew down the edges of the pocket being sure to backstitch at each start and end (you will backstitch 4 times).  You will sew as close to the edge as you can as long as you are catching both sides–I use a 1/8″ seam allowance.  (If you want, you can sew across the bottom, too.)

Fold up the side you want to show for the pocket.  Do not skip backstitching!

Fold up the side you want to show for the pocket. Do not skip backstitching!

Step Five:  Sew in D Ring

Fold down the open end over the flat edge of the D Ring and sew down the flap.  I usually reinforce it by sewing it a few times.

At a minimum, backstitch.   However, I prefer to sew a few times to really reinforce the flap.

At a minimum, backstitch. However, I prefer to sew a few times to really reinforce the flap.

Insert your tube of lip balm and enjoy!

Ready to attach to key ring, lanyard, backpack, etc!

Ready to attach to key ring, lanyard, backpack, etc!

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