Guest Post by Megan
Crayon storage isn’t so bad. Most of us dump them in a box of some sort and pull them out whenever the kids want to color. Traveling with crayons is different. Sure, you can throw some in a plastic baggy and go, but eventually the plastic gets worn out. A good solution to this problem is to make a crayon roll. Crayon rolls are fabulous for transporting crayons in the car, to a restaurant, church, or the doctor’s office.
In the past, I shy’d away from this sort of project because I assumed all crayon rolls had to be super long to accommodate all the colors. I wasn’t interested in doing that. My view has changed as I have recently seen crayon rolls small enough to hold 4 crayons (they look more like a small wallet) and found tutorials featuring crayon rolls with a smaller number of compartments.
The crayon roll I’m featuring will hold 16 crayons. I made my compartments a little wider than the tutorial suggests so that it can accommodate larger crayons (for the small child) or 2 crayons per pocket for typical size crayons.
You will need the following:
– Two 5″x16.5″ strips of fabric
– One 6″x16.5″ strip of coordinating fabric (for the pockets)
– 24″ ribbon
If you are familiar with my tutorials, I often skip ironing fabric (gasp!) for many of my sewing projects, however I recommend taking the extra time to iron the fabric for this project. It looks better and is easier to sew.
1. Take 6″x16.5″ coordinating fabric and fold in half down the length of the fabric with the pretty sides showing and iron along the crease. This will be the pocket.
2. Arrange the pocket strip on top one of the 5″x16.5″ fabric strips aligning the raw edges together (pretty side up). Pin together.
3. Using a ruler and fabric pen, find the middle of the pocket strip and mark it. From here, draw a line every inch along the top of the pocket.
4. Sew a straight line at each place marked along the pocket, remembering to back stitch at the top of the pocket and at the bottom. This is the most tedious part of the project.
Next, you’ll want to trim all the thread.
5. Fold the ribbon in half and pin at the fold to the crayon roll (see picture). Sew in place. Please note: Since the ribbon will be tied and untied repeatedly, I like to ensure it is secured well, so I do a straight stitch down the ribbon, backstitch, then zig zag stitch on top of that. I don’t want my ribbon going anywhere!
6. Carefully arrange the fabric strip with pocket attached to the remaining 5″x16.5″ fabric strip, pretty sides together and pin in place (make sure ribbon is tucked nicely inside)
7. Sew around the perimeter of the rectangle remembering to leave the short side (without the ribbon attachment) open for turning the crayon roll right side out.
8. Once crayon roll is turned right side out, iron along the seams to flatten it out. Sew open end closed, tucking in the raw edges.
Now, the crayon roll is complete!
Nice and neatly rolled up. Coloring, anyone?
Inspiration: The Pleated Poppy
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