I made one of these for my kiddos last year. They loved it, so I thought today, I’d make another one, and let everyone else learn along with me.
But…before I go much further, you need to know that I’m not a very good seamstress (in case you couldn’t tell from the picture…). My directions are accurate and will teach you how to make the crayon roll, but if you want to learn from someone a little more credible, I suggest checking out my inspiration for this post over at Skip to My Lou. Hers is beeeaaaauuutiful. But I had fun, and that counts, right?
I have to say that my favorite thing about my picture is how you can not only see that I obviously used the wrong color thread, but that the stitching lines between each crayon are all different lengths. And the last one is a little curved!! But it works, and it really is cute. You barely even notice that I’m still a beginner…if you don’t look too closely!!
You will need:
1 5 x 16 1/2″ piece of fabric for the inside
1 5 x 16 1/2″ piece of fabric for the outside
1 6 x 16 1/2″ piece of fabric for the pocket
24″ length of ribbon (treated with Fray-Check)
You will notice that my materials list is a little different than my inspiration’s… That is because I knew I’d mess it up if I tried to sew vinyl and I didn’t have any cording.
Also, I only had fabric in one pattern today, but you can use different patterns if you’d like. I used different prints in the one I made last year, and it turned out pretty cute. See?
Anyway, back to the directions.
Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise, and place on the right side of your inside piece of fabric. Start at 1 1/4″ in, stitching a line from top to bottom of pocket every 1″. You will want to backstitch at the top. You can see that in some places, I tried this… Sorta…
Then, place the outside piece on top of the pocket/inside piece, right sides together. Fold the ribbon in half, right sides (the pretty sides) together. Place in the middle on the right sides with the ends toward the center.
Sew all the way around, leaving a 2-3″ space at the top. Trim corners and turn. Once you turn it, if your iron isn’t in storage, you would want to press it… I don’t know how in the world we haven’t bought a new iron. You can tell we usually dress casually!
Sew the top closed. It is suggested that you do a top stitch all the way around at this point, but I kinda skipped that part because I just wasn’t paying attention. I took off on my own and sewed the top closed by hand. No, I’m not sure why…
Why, yes, my corners do look….beautiful…. :)
Then, you can put crayons in it! Woohoo!!
And, my favorite part of all, you can roll it up and tie it closed with the pretty ribbon!!
It holds a full box of sixteen crayons, so you can just transfer the crayons to the roll and you don’t have to worry about those boxes that always fall apart. Yes, I know my picture only has 15 crayons in it. That’s because I may or may not have cut my fabric too short… Whoopsie! :)