Lip balm pocket

When you need lip balm its nice to have it handy.  Using this tutorial, you can make a pocket that clips on your keys.  I made them to go with the tech cases I put together for all the teens on my Christmas list.  I have a shopping guide for those teen tech cases here.  If you want to be a hero, to the Gen Z and have time to make these, they make a great add-on to any gift.  There are lots of affiliate links in this post, just click the highlighted text and it will take you to the product I am talking about.  

Step one: Gather your supplies

1.  Fabric

You will need fabric and scraps are great for this project.  If you need fabric an easy way to get the little bit of fabric you will need is to buy fat quarters that are meant for quilting.

The options are endless!  Bright Colors,  Floral Prints,  Muted Gray tones

2.  Thread for your sewing machine

You will be top stitching so you may want a contrasting color.  Here is a four pack of thread that will blend in or stand out, as you please.

3.  A bit of ribbon

I like grosgrain.

4. A clip to attach to your bag or key ring or tech case.

These work best because they have a swivel clasp.

5.  A snap setter

This is similar to the one I have and the kit gives you everything you need.  There are lots of craft projects you can do with this tool.

6. A sewing machine

This is the one I got my daughter as an inexpensive beginer machine.

This is my sewing machine.

7.  Fabric Scissors

If you don’t have fabric scissors, do yourself a favor and get some.  Then guard them from the barbarians at your house who will use them on anything but fabric and ruin them forever.

8.  Lip Balm

I love the doTerra lip balm.  It is the best.

But if I’m in a pinch and don’t have a tube and I have to buy one at a store I go for Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm.

 

Step By Step to make your lip balm pocket

Now that you have gathered your supplies…

1. Lay out your fabric and cut it to size.

These are the measurements for my project.  I used the actual tube of lip balm to come up with them so you may need to adjust the measurements.

2.  Fold your fabric.

Put right sides together along the long 8 inch side.  Pin the fabric so that the corners stay even through the sewing machine.

3.  Sew around the edges

I use my presser foot as a  guide for a really slim seam allowance.  You don’t want a bunch of extra fabric in the seams.

Leave the middle open so that you can turn it right side out.  This also gives you the space to insert the ribbon and lobster clip to attach to  your bag or keys.

Clip the extra threads.

4.  Turn the whole thing right side out.

You might have to use a pin to pick out the corners to make them square.

Then give it a quick press.  This will make your edges sharper and give a nicer finish especially at the unfinished point where you are going to add the clip.

 

5.  Pin the clip in place at the pressed opening on the side.

You will secure the clip by stitching over the ribbon.

6. Fold the bottom up to make the pocket.

Use your tub of lip balm to make sure you get the measurement at the right place. Pin it so that it does not slip as you sew.

7. Sew around the edges.

This will be a top stitch and it will secure the ribbon holding the clip and this closes the pocket leaving the top open for you to slip in the lip balm. Again use a super skinny seam allowance and I back stitch over the ribbon to make sure it is really secure.

Some variance in the finished product is fine as long as the tube of lip balm fits in.

8.  Put in your snap.

Again you will place your snap according to how the tube fits in each pocket.

You are done!

Put your tube of lip balm in there and give it away!

 

Here is my shopping guide for the tech cases I filled.

Happy Crafting and Happy Gifting!