Homemade Ginger’s New Years ReSewLutions…



I love finding new fantastic blogs that I get to fall in love with! I recently came across Homemade Ginger while looking through a Link Party (there we go again with the Link Parties – HA!), and I fell in love. Megan, the author behind Homemade Ginger, is a former elementary school teacher turned Stay at Home Mom to her two little ones.

I find myself constantly Pinning her creations…



Just take a look through her Tutorial Page and you will see why!

But my favorite thing about her site may be her latest project called 30 Days…

Each month she challenges herself to take on a new theme for 30 days, and she documents her adventures along the way. You can find her wrap ups for November’s Repurposing and December’s Real Food on her blog, and she is currently in full swing for January’s ‘Indoor Activities’ Theme. I am HOOKED.

I am so excited that Megan is here with us today sharing her New Years ReSewLution! So without further ado, I would like to introduce Megan of Homemade Ginger to everyone!!!

Welcome Megan!



I don’t know about you, but in the winter months my lips get super
chapped and I can never keep track of my chapstick! I’m always digging
through my purse for it. Quite a few years ago, I had found a little
chapstick cozy key chain at the drugstore and although it wasn’t cute, I
always knew where my chapstick was! I haven’t been able to find them at
the store recently, so I decided to come up with a cuter version of my
own. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s made life just a little easier.

It’s super simple to make! Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 piece of felt – 2″ x 3″
  • 1 piece of fabric – 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • 1 piece of fabric for loop – 1 1/2 ” x 3″
  • thread
  • velcro
  • button and/or felt for embellishment (optional)

Instructions:
Cut your felt and fabric. I like to use my rotary cutter and ruler to make things easier

Fold the long ends of your rectangle piece of fabric under about 1/4 inch and iron.

Next, fold the short ends under twice and iron. Lay your piece of felt on top to make sure the fabric square is about the same size or a bit bigger than the felt and adjust as necessary.

Fold your strip of fabric edges under about 1/8 inch and iron.

Then, fold in half and iron . Top stitch along both long sides, close to the edge.

Now, fold your long strip in half to form a loop. Sandwich it in between the felt and ironed fabric rectangle and pin.

Sew along all sides, close the edge.

Next, cut a small piece of velcro and sew on opposite sides of your finished rectangle. Put on one the fabric side

And one on the felt side on the opposite edge. Notice that you can see the stitched square on the right side of the fabric. If this bothers you, like it did me…you can add a little embellishment to cover it up!

Find a button, cut a felt square or flower….

And stitch it on right on top of that stitched square. Since there is velcro on the other side, it will be a bit tricky to get the needle through, but it can be done!

The possibilities are endless! You can make a bunch for gifts and they can all be totally different. I came up with a few different variations.

You can sew a bunch of lines through the layers to make more of a quilted look.

I tried making a long and skinny horizontal piece of velcro instead of a rectangle

You can add a felt flower or just a button.

The nice thing about the velcro is that your cozy can be adjusted! It can fit a fat chapstick, like my Blistex Deep Renewal that I love, or just your conventional size

A little bit more of the velcro shows with your fatter chapstick, but it still works!

Stick the loop on your key chain and you are ready to go!

I hope you have as much fun as I did coming up with different fabric and button combinations!

Thanks so much for allowing me to guest post, it was fun! Feel free to stop by Homemade Ginger and say hi!

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Megan, I think this is just about the cutest thing I have seen in a while! So useful with all of this cold weather! You better believe I will be making some up with all of this scrap fabric I have lying around. Love it!!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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