Sew a Crayon Roll

3 Mar

A great gift for kids of any ages

One of my favorite places to take Eli is Toddler Tales at our local library.  It is so fun to watch Eli listen to the stories and interact with the other kids.  I enjoy every thing about it except for the fact that they give markers to the kids.  Eli is barely ready for crayons and definitely not markers.  (I have thought for a while about actually just taking crayons with us.) The other day I decided to sew him a crayon roll from some scrap fabric.  I modified this tutorial.  I decided to make a small version that would hold just 8 crayons.  This crayon roll accommodate the large toddler crayons or regular crayons. 

To make you will need:

  • 8.5″ x 5″ piece of fabric for the inside
  • 8.5″ X 6″ piece of fabric for the pocket
  • 8.5″ x 5″ piece of fabric for the outside
  • 8.5″ x 5″ piece of interfacing
  • 20 inches of ribbon
  • 1 pack of rickrack (you will only use 1/2 the pack)
  • crayons

Take the inside fabric piece and fuse the interfacing to the back.

Fold the piece of in half lengthwise that you want to be the pocket. Press with an iron. Lay on top of the inside fabric. Pin down.

Beginning 1 1/8 from the edge sew from the top to the bottom of the pocket. (The folded edge should be at the top.) Repeat spacing the lines every 1 inch.

If you want to add rickrack (which was by far the hardest part) pin it down on top.  (You could easily skip it.)  Fold the ribbon in half and pin in place.  Then place the outside piece of fabric on top so that the right sides are together.  Sew around all of the edges leaving 3 inches at the bottom open.  Turn inside out. Press.  Sew opening shut. 

Finished view of the inside.

Back view.

All rolled up and ready to go!

Elijah testing out his new crayon roll. Somedays he colors and somedays he just eats them. 🙂

So far we are loving the crayon roll.  It has a permanent place in my diaper bag.  🙂  We also made a larger version for a sweet little girl in our small group pictured below.  You could also modify the dimensions to acommodate colored pencils, markers, crochet hooks, etc. 

A longer version that contains 16 crayons. Don't you love the girly fabric? 🙂


2 Responses to “Sew a Crayon Roll”

  1. melinda March 7, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    I LOVE my crochet hook roll… I use it all the time ..especially now that my grandchild population is doubling 🙂

    • emersonfamily March 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      I’m so glad! I’m thinking about making a crochet hook roll for myself actually. I keep loosing my crochet hooks. 🙂 We absolutely love all of our crochet toys. They are always the first ones I grab. Eli did bite the tail off of the elephant so you might have to do some surgery and put it back on. 🙂

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