The crayon roll may not be a new idea, but it is a good one!  I whipped one up during nap time as a birthday party gift, delivered along with a coloring book.  I made a few more as little stocking stuffers for the nieces and godchildren in my life.  Easy-peasy.

In a different set of fabrics, one of these babies would make a perfect boy gift as well.

Get the full Crayon Roll Tutorial after the jump…

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How to Sew A Crayon Roll

Aren’t these fabrics pretty? Part of my latest stash from Fabricworm. The pink is Patricia Bravo Dreaming in French Femme Fatale Dark, and the white background is Patricia Bravo Dreaming in French Femme Fatale Light, and the solid is Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solids Pink.

So cut your fabrics.  You need 3 rectangles 18″X6″.  One for the outside, one for the inside and one for the crayon pockets.  I also used a piece of interfacing the same size for this one, but I made another one using batting instead of interfacing and that worked well also.

Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of the outside piece of fabric.

Decide which piece is your pocket fabric and iron that in half, wrong sides facing then align the unfolded edge with the bottom of the lining piece:

Sew straight lines 1″ apart to attach the pocket piece to the lining piece.

Then cut your threads.

Take a length of ribbon (about 18″ is nice and long) and fold it in half. Sew the folded edge onto the center of one side of your crayon roll, on the top edge with the length of ribbon to the inside:

Take your outside piece and pin it on top so right sides are facing:

Sew in place all the way around, leaving a 3″ hole for turning, back stitching at the beginning and end:

Reach in the hole and grab the ribbon and pull it to turn right side out:

Push out the seams and corners and iron it flat:

Top stitch all the way around at the edge (this will close your turning hole) and stuff with crayons:

Roll it up and tie a bow!

Gift it with a pretty coloring book.

Fun!  I did a version with batting and instead of just sewing the crayon pockets, I sewed straight lines from the top to bottom, essentially quilting the roll, and it worked really well.  What do you think?  I love crayon rolls but I think I’m going to have to whip up some Crayon Aprons too!

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