Tired of searching for your lip balm? Make this…

Tired of searching for your lip balm? Make this…

sewing for beginners – lip balm holders

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If you’ve followed me for long you might know I have a bit of a key fob obsession. I love whipping up wristlet key fobs for gifts, the seasons or to use up some of my scrap stash. This of course leaves me with a regular stockpile of key fob hardware – enter the Lip Balm Holder using a key fob too.

In this tutorial I’m using my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs.


Lip Balm Holder - supplies


Recently I was digging through my purse trying to find my ever-elusive lip balm realized it was time to make my life easier AND use my key fob hardware for more than just keychains.

Enter the Key Fob Lip Balm Holder. This handy holder sews up as quickly as the key fobs and will now be added to my arsenal of quick sewing projects for gifts. They are also great things to sew and sell.

Enough about why I decided it was time for this tutorial, let’s get into it!

lip balm holder sewing tutorial

All sewing is done with 1/4″ seam allowance.

FUSE the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, following manufacturers instructions.

FOLD in half, right sides together, matching short ends.

PLACE the folded end on your cutting mat and center it over a 1″ grid area. (fig. 1)
MARK 1/4″ to each side of the 1″ grid and 3/4″ down on each side.
DRAW a line connecting the marks on each side and trim the corners.

SEW down the angle and long sides, leaving the bottom open. (fig. 2)
TURN right side out & press.
ZIG ZAG STITCH the raw edges together.

If your fabric is directional, place it on your workspace so the angled end is away from you and the icons on the fabric are the correct way (not upside down). (fig. 3)

how to trim the top for diy lip balm holder

figure 1

sew fabrics together for diy lip balm holder

figure 2

sewing pocket edge of diy lip balm holder

figure 3

FOLD the zig zag stitched end up 1″ and press.
SEW 1/4″ from the folded end. (fig. 4)

FOLD up 2 1/2″ towards the angled top of the holder and clip or pin in place. (fig. 5)

The Zig zag stitched area should now be hidden. Sew all the way around the holder, 1/8″ from the edges, going back and forth twice where the folded edge meets the back of the holder to reinforce the opening. (fig. 6)

ATTACH 1″ key fob hardware. (fig. 7)

sewing pocket edge of diy lip balm holder

figure 4

clipping lip balm holder

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sewing lip balm holder

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putting key fob hardware on lip balm holder

figure 7

00:00 introduction
00:47 Supplies
01:23 Fuse Interfacing
02:35 Fold & Trim fabric
03:55 Sew lip balm holder
05:49 Sew folded edge
06:12 Make lip balm pocket
07:36 Attach the key fob hardware

With this Lip Balm Holder, you can keep your favorite lip balm within reach at all times while also having the convenience of a key ring.

This is a great project to showcase your creativity and make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Tara Reed


More free sewing projects >

How to make a key fob keychain >

How to Sew a Sleep Mask

How to Sew a Sleep Mask

How to Sew a Sleep Mask​

If you want to cocoon yourself in darkness for a better night sleep then sleep masks are the way to go. (Also called eye masks or dream masks) These make great stocking stuffers, party favors for sleepover and gifts. They also help shut out the light and commotion on long airplane flight.

woman wearing a Sleep Mask and matching pillowcase
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - supplies

Get the free printable template, a sleep mask pattern svg if you have a cutting machine and written instructions by clicking the button below.

Then watch the video to see just how easy these are to make. This tutorial features my Hello Winter flannel made by Riley Blake Designs.


  • Free template
  • 2 pieces of fabric for front and back (9 1/2” wide x 5” high or larger)
  • Fusible Fleece (9 1/2” wide x 5” high)
  • 14” flat elastic (7/16” used in tutorial)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread


Use the free template to cut 3 mask shapes (fig. 1): 2 fabrics (one for each side) and a piece of fusible fleece. (I used Pelon 987F)

Watch the video for tips to fussy cut (Cutting a piece of fabric in order to showcase a specific picture or print within it.) or a time saving tip if you are using an overall print. (start at 1 min 35 secs)

Fuse the fleece following manufacturer’s instructions to the wrong side of one of the mask fabrics.

Place the 14” piece of flat elastic is centered across the mask on the right side of one of the fabrics. (fig. 2) You can baste it in place or pin in with the layers of the mask and sew it together all at once.

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - cutting fabric

(figure 1)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - add elastic

(figure 2)

Clip or Pin the layers together.
Place the front and back fabrics, right sides together with the elastic in between the right sides of the fabrics. (It sounds more confusing than it is!) (fig. 3)

Sew around the mask with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving space on the top to turn. (fig. 4)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - pin together

(figure 3)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - sewing

(figure 4)

Clip the curves (fig. 5) and turn right side out.

Press, making sure not to heat (and melt!) the elastic.

Topstitch around the entire mask 1/8” from the edge and you are done! (fig. 6)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - clipping curves

(figure 3)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - topstitching

(figure 4)

Make a sleep mask and matching pillowcase for something even more special!

🪡 Tara Reed


How to Make a Sleep Mask with Cricut

How to make a pillowcase 

More projects with Hello Winter flannel

sleep masks and matching pillowcase