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).
- 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.
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.
Step Three: Press Tube
After you have turned the tube right-side-out, press it flat and turn the open end in 1/2″.
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.)
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.
Insert your tube of lip balm and enjoy!