Chapstick Fobs

Please tell me that everyone else is also on the constant hunt for their chapstick. It seems that I can never find mine when I need it, yet when I clean out my purse out pop three Carmex! My cousin, who sells Rodan and Fields, asked me to make a bunch of these chapstick fobs as gifts for her loyal customers, and that was the first time I had ever heard of a chapstick fob. But when I saw them, I had to make one for myself. Now that I can find my chapstick, I can kiss those crusty-crusts goodbye!

I followed this awesome tutorial to make the basic chapstick fob and I loved Ashley’s detailed post. I ended up adding a 1/4″ of width to my fobs to accommodate my Carmex obsession. Thankfully, both sizes fit the Rodan and Fields chapstick which is my newest favorite. (It tastes a lot better than Carmex on my lips, too!)

I have officially shut down my custom and alteration sewing shop until after my wedding in August, however, I am planning on putting these cuties on my Etsy shop come Christmas! If you don’t consider yourself a DIYer, than for $3.00 save yourself the hassle of digging for your chapstick.


  • 2 1/2″ x 15″ strip of cotton fabric
  • 2 1/2″ x 15″ strip of lightweight fusible Pellon I found this for $1.99 in Hobby Lobby! As a Pellon pricing snob, I was psyched to find it for that price… it’s typically $2.99 per yard at the cheapest. This link is for a 15″ wide one. Pellon is typically sold in 20″ wide bolts, but you won’t need that much width for a little chapstick fob. (3 yards of webbing makes enough for exactly 40 fobs).
  • 1 1/4″ Key fob hardware
  • 20″ long ribbon


  1. Following the manufacture’s instructions, iron the fusible webbing to the back of the cotton strip. 
  2. Fold the cotton strip, with the right sides together, matching the short raw edges on one end and leaving a fold on the other end. Pin and stitch up the sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. 
  3. Flip the strip inside out. I love this little tool from Dritz! I call it my “magic tool” to the young students I teach. They love it so much that they look forward to flipping tight, long sewn projects inside out. Teacher goals.
  4. Poke out corners well. Press. Zig zag stitch or use pinking shears to prevent frayed seams on the unfolded edge. I prefer pinking shears for this short of a surface. Zig zagging really short edges can get messy and stringy.
  5. Press this seam down 1/4″. 
  6. If you want a bow on your chapstick fob, now is the time to add it! Place the ribbon half way (so 10″ long on one side, 10″ on the other) along the top of the fob, under the edge you just pressed. 
  7. Top stitch along this edge using an 1/8″ seam allowance. Then, fold up the edge 2 1/2″. so that the edge with the ribbon under the pinking sheared edge is faced down.
  8. Pin and stitch using 1/8″ seam allowance all around the chapstick fob. 
  9. Tie a bow. Why is this so stinkin cute? I adore bows! 🙂 
  10. Add the key fob hardware. I have found that squeezing it closed with my hands as much as I can and then using a rubber mallet to finish the job is the best way to attach them. You don’t want to use regular pliers as you will scratch the metal otherwise. I also use double nylon pliers as detailed in this post

Ta daaa! Now all you have left to do is add your chapstick and get ready to make more for all of your friends! Thankfully Hobby Lobby is having a ribbon sale this week. Enjoy 50 percent off and go a little crazy in the ribbon aisle (I know I did!)

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