Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chapped Lips? DIY Chap Stick Necklace

Ever since moving away from Oregon I have lived in places with dry winters.  With dry, cold air comes months of dry skin and lips in our home.  I am constantly pulling out the chap stick to protect my children's lips before they head outside.  How many chap sticks have I tucked in their pockets, or asked for them to take to school to keep in their desk?  Of course, it never fails... when your children are 5-9 years old like mine are, you will lose more chap sticks then you buy!

I had to come up with a solution.  The kids don't always have pockets!  So I thought that I could make a necklace that would be pretty enough that the girls would want to wear it AND hold their chap stick.  The result... Chap stick is now easy to find and the kids are more likely to remember to use it!


This was an easy project, that I am sure older children would be able to make themselves.  I will show you how to do the blanket stitch I had used, but if that is too complicated, there is no reason a simple, straight-stitch wouldn't serve the purpose.  So don't be scared!

How to Make a Chap Stick (Holder) Necklace

Materials Needed
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Needle
  • Chap Stick
  • Scissors


1. Cut your Felt!

I decided to go with a strip of felt that measured 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" after laying my chap stick onto the felt and seeing what would make a nice, snug sleeve.  I think this should work for most chap sticks.

2. Start Sewing!
I decided to go with a blanket stitch here, but there is NO REASON you can't do a straight-stitch down the sides.  I was just trying to show off dress it up a bit.  That's all!  If you want to go with a blanket-stitch, and don't know how on earth to accomplish that... I am HOPING that my little instructions below are clear enough.  Fingers crossed!

First, fold your felt strip so that it looks like mine in the example below.  Follow the instructions below to add the blanket-stitch along the sides.  Thread your needle with three strands of your floss.  Make sure you have a good length so you can complete the stitching without running out.  Tie a knot in the end.

(1)  Pull the thread through the front (shorter) corner from behind until you reach the knot.

(2)  Wrap your needle around to the back and push the needle through BOTH layers this time, coming out at the same place as the previous stitch.  Pull the thread through, but leave a loose loop (don't pull it tight yet).

(3)  Take your needle and pull it through the loop from your stitch in Step 2.  Hold the needle and thread away from your felt piece, as you carefully pull the stitch tight against the felt.

(4)  This is a repeat of Step 2...  Push the needle in from the back to the front, and gently pull the thread, leaving a loose loop.

(5)  This is a repeat of Step 3... Pull your needle through the loop of your stitch.

(6)  Gently tug your needle and thread away from the felt piece, pulling the stitch tight against the felt.

(7)  Continue the above steps down the side.

(8)  I secured the end of the one side with an extra loop around, and pulled the needle through to the other side, and out (as shown in the picture).  You could continue the blanket-stitch along the bottom if you wanted to.

(9) Go back up to Step 2 to start the blanket-stitch again on the opposite side.  Stitch until you get to the top!

I decided to stitch along the front side too, considering it would get tugged at a bit with chap stick being pulled in and out of the pocket.  When I got to my start, I ended my stitch INSIDE, and tied the loose end with the tail left on my first stitch.

3. Add Your Ribbon!
I measured a length of ribbon around my daughter's neck to make sure I had the right side.  I folded it in half, and then though... "Hmmm... how am I going to hide these ugly, raw edges?"  I decided to cut a heart out of another piece of felt and stitch it to the backside of the pocket.  The raw edges of my ribbon are sewn in-between the pocket and the heart.  (I used a straight-stitch on the heart... sorry the colors are hard to see.)

Here is the front-side of the necklace.  I cut the top of the felt pocket to match the top of the heart I added to the backside on this one.  I didn't do it this way on the purple necklace you can see at the top of this post.

Now tuck in your chap stick to make sure it fits!!

4. Add Some Beads!
This is the fun part!  I pulled out my stash of beads, grabbed the needle and thread, and began randomly sewing beads onto the pocket.  I found it easy to do so with the chap stick in, since it kept me from sewing into the backside, totally defeating the purpose of a pocket!

Add beads until you are happy with the result!

And there you have it!
Another, lovely and functional necklace!

 Here's to happy lips!

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