Five Minute Stocking Stuffers - Keyring Chapstick Holder

I can never, ever, ever find my chapstick in the bottom of my huge purse.  This is a problem, because as a result, I buy a new tube every time I'm in line to check out anywhere, then I use it exactly once, throw it in my purse, and never see it again.  All my chapstick is probably in some alternate dimension frolicking with all the single socks that my dryer eats.

Anyway, I can only assume that others have this problem, too, because if you go to Pinterest and search  for "chapstick holder" there are about a million different ones listed there.

Well, now you can make that a million and one.

2- coordinating strips of fabric, approximately 2 inches by 6 inches
1- 1 inch ribbon end crimp (also called a ribbon clamp) WITH loop.  You can get these at any craft store, or on eBay, which is where I prefer to shop due to lack of necessary personal interaction
1 1- 1 inch split key ring.  Ditto above about where to get them, or you can steal one off some freebie key chain a bank gave you in 1994.
scissors, thread, sewing machine, pliers

Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, place your two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew a straight seam down both long sides and across one short side.  Now turn it right side out.  I keep a chopstick handy to poke the corners out.

Now fold the seamed end of the fabric up approximately 2 1/2 inches, so that the lining (interior) fabric is on the outside (for me , that is the green) and stitch a straight seam up to the edge of your fold.  This forms a pocket.  trim any excess fabric from this seam and turn it so the right side is now out.

Crimp the ribbon end on the unfinished (open) top end of your holder.  (As you can see from the photo mine was a little too wide so I folded the sides in a bit an pressed them down before putting the ribbon crimp on, but I liked the way it looks).  Add your key ring to the top of the ribbon crimp and there you have it.

Now you can find your chapstick, assuming you can find your keys.


  1. My chapstick hangs on my lanyard and I use it every day at work, because the dehumidification is a killer, doncha know. My tissue holder is in my purse and I use it often. And every time I use either one, I think about how sweet you were to send them and to have put up with me for as long as you did. By the way, I was finally green-lighted for ASM, just waiting for the opportunity now. Your little girl is growing up. You should be proud. In hindsight, you were a better boss than I deserved.

    1. Oh hindsight.... There are only about a million and two things I'd do differently in my retail manager life, based on that perspective I've gotten since I've left. It really took being completely away from it for a couple years for me to start to see all the places I went wrong... Good for you for sticking with it, and for figuring out what you want from it, and for making it happen. And I really am proud of you :)


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