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.  🙂

43 thoughts on “a simple project

  1. Amy says:

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

  2. alayne says:

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

  3. Jenny says:

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

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

  5. 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 says:

    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 says:

    Great idea….my neice would love this!

  8. Kelly O. says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  11. Esther says:

    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... says:

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

  13. Jeannie says:

    That is on my to do list! super cute!

  14. Leslie says:

    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 says:

    Super cute! I love this! Lip Smackers are the best 🙂

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

  17. Grandma G says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  20. Emily says:

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

  21. Jess says:

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

  22. 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 says:

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

  24. Casey says:

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

  25. Toodie says:

    So very cute and handy!

  26. Mik says:

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

  27. mandiegirl says:

    What a FUN idea! Smart girls!!

  28. Kristie says:

    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…

  29. Randi says:

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

  30. Lissa says:

    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!

  31. Delia says:

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

  32. gret says:

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

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

  34. Katie says:

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

  35. Anne Marie says:

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

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

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

  38. jayayceeblog says:

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

  39. dana says:

    cute! I love such simple projects!

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