I hate it when I lose my lip gloss in the bottom of my purse! It’s always a mess and my bag feels like a black hole at times. To try to solve this problem I stitched up a simple lip gloss pouch. The pouch even has a clear front so I can always see which lip gloss is inside. These simple little travel lip gloss or lip balm pouches make great gifts since they are so easy to stitch up! Make a bunch to give away as gifts for your girlfriends or as teacher appreciation gifts.
Small Sewing Projects for Handmade Gifts:
I’m always looking for ideas for simple gifts that I can make for my friends or for the kid’s teachers. For the longest time, my “go-to” gift was a simple cosmetic bag.
One day a friend of mine texted me a photo of all of the little zip bags I’ve made for her over the years and I realized that I need to “branch” out with my sewn gift ideas a bit! (She was actually texting me to say “thank you” since she used them all). I mean how many cosmetic zip bags can you give a person!?
As soon as I finished designing these little lip gloss pouches I realized that they would make great gifts! Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas this year? If you know me, try to act surprised!
Seriously though, these little lip balm pouches took me about 15 minutes to sew. Part of that time was spent unpicking since I messed up a step. If you’re looking for a fun DIY gift that you can make easily and in bulk, these little travel cases might just do the trick!
The bags are sewn from Kate of SeeKateSew.com ‘s new line, “Kiss me, Kate”. It’s a fabric line that she says is inspired by her love of Sephora! The line is absolutely adorable and features one of my favorite color combos, pink with black and white.
You can see more about the line over at her blog. I’ll link up a few other cute Kiss Me Kate projects at the bottom of the post.
Now, let’s make a Lip Gloss Pouch!
DIY Lip Gloss Pouch Tutorial
Lip Gloss Case Supplies
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Fabric shown is Kiss Me, Kate, by Riley Blake Designs – pick it up at your favorite local Quilt Shop or online.
1 Fat Quarter of Fabric for the Case
3×8 or larger scrap of Fusible Fleece
3×8 or larger scrap of Clear Vinyl (purchase at the fabric store on a roll, or in a small package, sometimes it’s called Quilters Vinyl, you can also use a clear vinyl shower curtain).
KAM Snap Setter – I purchased a KAM Snap starter kit, the one I used is linked here.
Teflon Foot for Sewing Machine (you can also try putting a piece of Scotch tape on the bottom of your standard presser foot)
Optional: Scrap of 1″ wide ribbon
½″ to 1″ Purse Ring
Lip Gloss Case Pattern Piece- download for FREE on the SEWING TEMPLATES PAGE
How to Get the Printable Pattern Pieces. You can download a copy of the pattern pieces used in this project in our Template Library. Access to the library is for our Newsletter subscribers and subscriptions are free. Please CLICK HERE and follow the instructions to download the pattern pieces. PLEASE READ the instructions on that page. NOTE: The download only contains the pattern piece, you still need to read this tutorial to complete your project.
Print out the pattern piece.
2 pieces using the lip gloss case pattern piece from your Fat Quarter
1 piece using the pattern piece from Fusible Fleece
From vinyl cut one piece 2 ½″ x 5 ½″
Add Fusible Fleece:
Apply the fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of your case pattern pieces. Place the two cut case pattern pieces together right side facing, and stitch around the exterior of the pieces using a ¼″ seam allowance. Leave a 1″ opening in the bottom straight section of the piece.
Turn Right Side Out:
Turn the piece right side out. Press it well, making sure to catch the opening in the bottom of the case as you press.
Add Jump Ring:
If desired, fold a piece of ribbon in half and finish the edges with fray check. Feed a small purse ring through it and clip it to the case about 2″ down from the top of the curved edge.
(note: I realized AFTER I made this that you could also unpick a bit of the side seam and stitch the ribbon into the seam of the case if you’d like instead, it’s up to you. I trimmed my ribbon enough that it’s not showing too much thought the vinyl).
On your cut vinyl piece set one KAM snap. The snap should be 1″ down from the top and centered in the piece.
To do this, poke a small hole in the vinyl, then feed the outer snap piece through the hole, place the inner snap piece over the top on the other side and squeeze with the setting tool to secure. (Your KAM setter will come with more detailed instructions)
Place the vinyl piece onto the case piece so that the portion of the snap that snaps is facing up.
Hold it in place with binding clips.
With the Teflon foot on your sewing machine, stitch around the perimeter of the case, close to the edge. If you need help with this step be sure to read our article with tips for working with coated fabrics (like vinyl).
You will stitch all the way around the case. I did a small backstitch at the top of the vinyl just to secure it more. (Note: on my photo above, the top of the case is not stitched, it should be, I just only stitched the pocket in this example so you can see better where the vinyl piece sits on the case).
Fold of the curved top of the case and note where it should meet the snap on the vinyl. Mark it and set the other half of the snap in this piece.
That’s it! Enjoy!!