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a simple project

Sometimes I love it when Natalie comes up with ideas of what I should sew.  I think children in general are so much better at thinking ‘outside the box’ than adults.  Their minds just don’t have any limits and I love that!

Natalie and I were talking about her many chapsticks and how we should go about keeping them close at hand and we came up with a little solution: a chapstick necklace (or you could call it a lanyard if you were making it for a little boy).
I had her pick out the fabrics she wanted from my scrap bins and I made a little loop of fabric of double fold bias tape (only it’s not on the bias, but that’s beside the point).  Then I sewed in a little key ring and clipped the chapstick on, now they’re all set for moisturizing those pretty little lips.
Happy Friday everyone!  And hopefully next week I’ll be able to squeeze in some time to whip up a tutorial on my scooter tray:)

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43 Responses to a simple project

  1. Amy 02.25.2011 at 10:06 am #

    I love that idea! Clever. I am sure my little one is going to love that.

  2. alayne 02.25.2011 at 10:10 am #

    such a fun idea! perfect for using up lots of little scraps of fabric they love…

  3. Jenny 02.25.2011 at 10:13 am #

    Abby needs one of these! She is forever losing her chapstick (and licking her lips, coincidentally). What a great idea she had!

  4. J A C Q U E L I N E 02.25.2011 at 10:13 am #

    Maybe everyone in my house needs one of those we lose chapstick and keys all the time.

  5. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 02.25.2011 at 10:16 am #

    Cute idea. My oldest is obsessed with chapstick lately. I’ve never seen the clip-on chapstick… I need to check that out.

  6. Amy 02.25.2011 at 10:19 am #

    That’s a great idea. My kids need those this winter. I’ll have to see if I can find that type of chapstick.

  7. Kiera 02.25.2011 at 10:23 am #

    Great idea….my neice would love this!

  8. Kelly O. 02.25.2011 at 10:24 am #

    great idea Anna! nadine doesn’t have chapsticks with those funky lids on them but this would make a great easter gift–gonna get me some of those lip glosses!

  9. Kate 02.25.2011 at 10:31 am #

    Ha, wonder if I can get my husband to wear one, he is always losing/leaving chapstick all over the house (and in his pockets when they go through the wash)… Probably not but it sure is cute!

  10. Cindy 02.25.2011 at 10:48 am #

    Great idea Natalie!!:) She’s following in your footsteps Anna!:) This is a really cute idea!

  11. Esther 02.25.2011 at 11:05 am #

    O My Gosh. I love this! I totally had a chapstick necklace when I was a little girl. Smackers use to make them. So cute!

  12. **nicke... 02.25.2011 at 11:12 am #

    cute idea anna! i am sure her lips thank you too!

  13. Jeannie 02.25.2011 at 11:19 am #

    That is on my to do list! super cute!

  14. Leslie 02.25.2011 at 11:30 am #

    this is such a cute idea and really caters to the need little people have to keep their things close at hand in little bags or in this case a necklace.

  15. Mary 02.25.2011 at 11:31 am #

    Super cute! I love this! Lip Smackers are the best :-)

  16. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 02.25.2011 at 12:05 pm #

    This is so cute! What a great idea:).

  17. Grandma G 02.25.2011 at 12:17 pm #

    What a great idea! My granddaughter is forever losing hers, plus those little chains some of them come with break so easily. Tell Natalie thank you for the idea! I know my little Courtney will love it!

  18. Terry 02.25.2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Great idea!! Grandma just mailed my daughter a “lanyard necklace with a retractable string on the end….we looked at it and thought, Cute…but what can we use it for?” Walaaa…lip balm holder. PERFECT!!!! Grandma’s are so smart! :)

  19. Krista 02.25.2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Very cute idea Anna! I bet Natalie is going to grow up to be as crafty as her mama.

  20. Emily 02.25.2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Great idea! So much better than the sparkly shoelace my chapsticks ended up on in high school.

  21. Jess 02.25.2011 at 1:40 pm #

    adorable and how fun for a little girl! love the fabric too. :)

  22. Vanessa/NessieNoodle 02.25.2011 at 1:56 pm #

    oh boy, I have a total chapstick hound at my house. This is a great idea, although I might have to wait a year or two until he stops thinking it is great fun to wind the stick all the way out and smear the stuff all over the place! :)

  23. Megan 02.25.2011 at 2:50 pm #

    This is such a great idea for an Easter gift! Perfect for my girlie-girl niece.

  24. Lenita 02.25.2011 at 3:05 pm #

    great and cool idea!

  25. Casey 02.25.2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Such a cute idea to use up scrap fabric! I can’t wait to see your scooter tray tutorial when you finish it! :)

  26. Toodie 02.25.2011 at 3:34 pm #

    So very cute and handy!

  27. maureencracknell 02.25.2011 at 3:39 pm #

    SO, so cute!

  28. Mik 02.25.2011 at 4:02 pm #

    What a great idea. I’m always washing my girls’ chapstick, perhaps this will solve that problem. Thanks!

  29. mandiegirl 02.25.2011 at 4:38 pm #

    What a FUN idea! Smart girls!!

  30. Kristie 02.25.2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Darn, she is cute AND creative like her Mom. Knock out combo! If I show this to my girls, I may just be making a couple this weekend as well…

  31. Randi 02.25.2011 at 6:39 pm #

    That is so cute! What a perfect idea for a kid … I HATE finding chapsticks lying around everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

  32. tracy_a 02.25.2011 at 9:48 pm #

    clever! and cute!

  33. Lissa 02.26.2011 at 12:24 am #

    I love it, perhaps because I have a 4 year old that at Christmas got about 10 things of chapstick (as she likes to call them “lipstick”) and she is always wanting them and bragging aobut having soooo many of them. My big problem is they aren’t all so cool with clip lids like your daughters!

  34. Delia 02.26.2011 at 12:43 am #

    Don’t you love it when kids ask you to make them something? I love this girly, yet not too girly, project.

  35. gret 02.26.2011 at 7:45 am #

    Perfect, and one on a lanyard would be so cute as little girls party gift too!

  36. Annie 02.26.2011 at 8:15 am #

    What a fab idea

  37. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 02.26.2011 at 8:57 am #

    what a cute idea, my little girl would love this. She feels so grown up every time she puts on her ‘lipstick’.

  38. Katie 02.26.2011 at 9:24 am #

    Such a sweet little idea! I just love how some simple sewing can be so functional at the same time!

  39. Anne Marie 02.26.2011 at 6:08 pm #

    That is a cute, fun, practical and beautiful idea! Hurraaay for childrens creativity and crafty mothers!

  40. karlyn Jackson 02.27.2011 at 7:01 am #

    gorgeous idea! I have never seen chap sticks with holes in the top. Will have to look out for them!

  41. Barbara Brown 02.27.2011 at 1:44 pm #

    fantastic idea, i’m gonna have to use it.

  42. jayayceeblog 02.28.2011 at 9:06 am #

    That is so cute! Wouldn’t they make great party favors?

  43. dana 02.28.2011 at 9:41 am #

    cute! I love such simple projects!

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