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DIY Chapstick Holder Keychain / Lip Balm Holder Tutorial

I love winter and everything about it. Except for one thing. Cracked. Lips.

I hate when my lips crack so I always carry my chapstick with me. The problem with it is that the darn thing always gets lost in my bag when I need it. It’s like it jumps to a different dimension right when I’m searching for it.

The solution is pretty ingenious:  DIY chapstick holder keychain.

This lip balm keychain will keep your chapstick easily accessible yet safe whenever you’re out of the house. And since it’s easy and fun to make, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go!

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to make your own chapstick holder keychain that you can clip to your purse.

Below you will find my step by step written lip balm holder tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to Make a Chapstick Holder Keychain

Supplies and tools

diy chapstick holder pattern
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How To Sew Lip Balm Holder Keychain

Watch the diy chapstick holder video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the chapstick holder pattern

You’ll be starting this project off by preparing the pattern first. It’s pretty simple, just download our free chapstick case pattern and print it out in full size. Do not print it directly from the browser though, download it on your computer and open it with Adobe reader or a similar PDF reader program, then print it without any scaling.

Cut out the chapstick holder template and get rid of excess paper.

STEP 2: Cut the fabric and interfacing

Use your lip balm holder template as a guide and cut out four identical pieces. One from each fabric and two from the interfacing.

I suggest you use colorful fabrics for the main body to give the holder that spring vibe and spirit.

TIP: Remember to wash and iron the fabric before you do anything with it. This will prevent any unwanted deformations later on when the chapstick holder keychain is finished.

STEP 3: Fuse interfacing to fabric

Now you’ll need to apply the interfacing to both pieces of the DIY chapstick holder main fabric.

If you used a heavyweight fabric for the main body, you will need to trim down the interfacing pieces a bit. Cut about a quarter-inch all around the edges. This will keep the interfacing fabric out of the seam allowance and allow you to make a smooth turned seam.

Don’t worry about trimming the interfacing if you used standard quilting cotton as the main fabric as I did.

When the interfacing pieces are ready, place the bumpy side of each one of them onto the wrong sides of the two main fabric pieces. Press them with a hot iron to join the main fabrics and the interfacing. Be sure to follow the instructions provided with the fusible interfacing. If you use too much or too little heat, you won’t apply the interfacing properly.

STEP 4: Pin the chapstick holder

Place the two fabric pieces onto each other with their right sides facing inward. Pin the two in place to secure them together.

STEP 5: Sew

Sew all around the chapstick keychain with a quarter-inch seam allowance. When you reach the curves and corners, stop and pivot, then keep sewing. Leave an opening of about two or three inches unstitched at the long side of the lip balm holder, for turning the whole thing inside-out.

Reinforce the beginning and the end of your seam by backstitching.

STEP 6: Turn the lip balm keychain inside-out

But first, clip the curves and trim the corners a bit. Then turn the whole thing inside-out and push out all edges and corners.

Press the chapstick holder DIY with your iron.

STEP 7: Fold the chapstick holder

Transfer the fold line from the template onto the holder. Fold the top edge of the holder to the fold line and press with your iron.

Insert the keychain ring inside the fold, next to the top folded edge. Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, make a stitch just under the ring, and another one as close to the bottom edge of the fold as possible.

Grab the bottom edge of the holder and fold it to the fold line you transferred from the pattern earlier. Press the holder flat with your iron. Secure the folded section in place with pins or clips.

STEP 8: Finish the chapstick holder

To form the pocked for the chapstick, stitch through all layers on both sides of the holder with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

Your new DIY chapstick holder is complete!

All you need to do is to attach it to your key ring or your purse and you are good to go.

FAQ: Chapstick or lip balm?

Is there a difference between chapstick and lip balm?

It’s simple actually, they’re almost the same thing. Lip balm is a waxy product used to treat dry lips. Chapstick is the brand name of a lip balm made by Pfizer.

What do you think about our chapstick holder tutorial tutorial? I hope you found it useful and fun! Now that you know how to make a chapstick holder, try sewing a few for your friends as well. Then let us know how they turned out and if your friends liked it, down in the comment section below! Enjoy having perfect lips from here on out!

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 26 comments
Polly - March 12, 2021

I couldn’t find a hot link to download the chapstick pattern = {

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    It’s in the supplies and tools section

Ilze - March 12, 2021

Hmmm. The link for the Download pdf for this project (HOW TO MAKE A CHAPSTICK HOLDER KEYCHAIN) does not work. There is no active link to download the pattern.

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    It works now 🙂

Kaye - March 12, 2021

I am so excited to start this chap stick holder! I’ve been having to carry one chap stick in each coat pocket because I forget to take them if I don’t. However, I’m having a problem downloading the pattern because it’s not a “click and go to” the PDF. Would you be able to make that link accessible?

Thank you

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    Hi Kaye,
    I’ve fixed the link and you can download the pattern now.
    It’s free for our email subscribers – if you are already a subscriber just enter your details again

Jean Colley - March 12, 2021

would like to make these for a fall retreat. but cant download the pattern. any suggestions. I tried from my phone and laptop.
thank you

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    Hello Jean, please try again now

Rita - March 12, 2021

I am currently looking at your instructions and video of DIY Chapstick Holder Keychain. For some reason I am not able to download the pattern. Nothing gets highlighted when I click on the word download, and of course nothing happens. Any help would be appreciated.

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    I’ve fixed the link – you can download it now.

Phyllis Jones - March 13, 2021

Love this idea but cannot find where to print the pattern.

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    Thank you, Phyllis. You can download it now – it’s in the supplies and tools section

Jenny - March 13, 2021

Hi, I am unable to download the pattern for the chapstick holder.

    Helen - March 13, 2021

    Hi Jenny, I’ve fixed the link – it works now. Thank you

Amy - March 14, 2021

These are adorable!! I’m going to have to make one for every set of keys we have now. I’m horrible about having 5 thousand chapsticks but never being able to find even one (kind of like bobby pins). Thanks so much. I can’t wait to make some.

Tracy - March 14, 2021

This solves so many issues of wondering where your chapstix is!! #trafficjamweekend

Kimberly Dsouza - March 17, 2021

Such a cute and a simple idea. I used to have something similar for coins but this is much prettier!Thanks for sharing at our #HomeMattersParty

Naush Samama - March 22, 2021

Such a cute idea ! Thank you for sharing your post with us at Meraki Link Party. Delighted you could join us. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Much love

    Helen - March 22, 2021

    I’m glad to hear you liked it so much, Naush

Shelbee on the Edge - March 22, 2021

Helen, this is the absolute perfect solution to my forever missing chapsticks! They get all lost and buried wherever I try to store them! Love, love, love this idea! Thanks for sharing and linking with me!


    Helen - March 22, 2021

    It is! I have way too many just because I keep losing them

Stephanie 139a - March 26, 2021

They’re super cute – and look super useful, thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

Lynne - January 17, 2022

I’m ready to sew the chapstick holder, however, I can’t find any fold lines indicated on the template. Please advise. Thank you.

Jenny - November 5, 2022

I don’t see a “fold line” noted on the pattern and mentioned in the directions for making the lip balm holder.

Jenny - November 12, 2022

Such a useful item, but I can’t find the fold line on the template and mentioned in directions. How far down from the top or the bottom should the fold line be? Thx!

Kristen - November 23, 2022

The chapstick falls out on mine; anyone else have that issue?


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