Where do you keep your essential oils? I just recently started using a few essential oils and quickly realized I didn’t have a place to keep them. It is so easy to knock one over, off the dresser and it rolls away, never to be found again. So I decided to make some colorful custom oil storage cases using the Dab Essential Oils Cases pattern by Sew Sweetness.
There are two size cases in this pattern. One is a small travel case that holds 10 vials in elastic loops. The other is a storage case that holds 25 vials. The instructions are clear and, if additional detail is needed, there is a video included with the pattern showing the construction details.
Colorful Log Cabin with Base Pattern
I made one version of the colorful custom oil storage case per the original instructions. Exterior and lining are constructed separately then attached to the zipper and turned right side out through the lining. I really liked that the lining is attached to the exterior top and bottom at the side seams before turning it right side out. This nicely holds the lining in place instead of allowing it to collapse down from the top.
Customizing the Cases
My second case, same size, I added a mesh pocket to the inside of the top cover. Pretty easy process to just put a zipper at the top edge of a mesh piece about 6.5” x 7.5” using a strip of matching fabric to bind the edge of the mesh. A second strip of fabric will bind the top edge of the zipper. The mesh pocket can then be edge stitched to the top lining and construction is completed per the instructions. I like having the mesh pocket for accessories – droppers, caps etc. (Of course, I would like it better if I’d though to place the mesh pocket so the zipper was at the top when the case is open. Next version…)
I made a set of matched cases for a friend of mine and changed things again. I quilted the exterior top, foam stabilizer and lining top together, then repeated the quilting process for the exterior bottom, foam stabilizer and bottom lining. Added the mesh pocket to the top piece, then attached the top and bottom to the zipper ring with the seams on the outside. The cases were finished with bias binding to cover the seams.
Adding Structure via Customization
I like this method of construction because it stabilizes the top and lining into one piece with the foam. And the bound seam gives structure to the edges so the case holds its shape nicely. The bias binding can also add a nice pop of color to the case.
That is the fun of sewing – taking a pattern and making it your own. I am an engineer by training so I am biased to like more structure. I may try putting the seam and binding on the inside to see how that looks too. That would keep the structure but give the case a cleaner line.
I really like this pattern. It’s relatively quick to make and beginner friendly construction. The hardest part is attaching the exterior and lining side seams in the original construction method because it involves stuffing the rest of the case inside while you attach the seams. Awkward but not too frustrating. This case could also be used for fingernail polish, makeup or anything else that comes in small bottles.
You can find this pattern at SewSweetness.com. It is part of the Minikins II bundle, which unfortunately means it can’t be purchased as a standalone pattern. On the other hand, I have made most of the patterns in the bundle and they are all beginner friendly and very nice. I highly recommend this pattern if you want to create your own colorful custom oil storage cases.
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