Monday, June 17, 2013

How to Sew a Simple DIY Crayon Roll

I love finding small projects that I can whip up during a naptime or two. This DIY Crayon Roll is one of those types of projects and is so great for little ones, boys or girls! My favorite part is the extra piece of fabric that folds over the top of the crayons. That detail keeps the crayons from sliding out of the crayon roll and really sets this pattern apart from most of the other crayon rolls you may have seen before. The velcro tab is another fun detail which makes it easy for little hands to manage alone.

Here's what you'll need:

- two 9" x 13 1/2" pieces of fabric
- one 13" long piece of 1/2" double fold bias tape
- one 5" x 2" piece of fabric
- one 1 1/2" piece of 1/2" wide velcro


Before cutting out your fabric pieces, you'll want to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. Then cut out your fabric pieces.

Take the small 5" x 2" piece of fabric. Fold it in half with right sides together and iron smooth.

Excuse my badly-in-need-of-polish nails. My sister told me that the chippy nail polish look is now being called "the off-duty" model look. Somehow, I'd bet that an off-duty model still looks more put-together than this stay-at-home mommy sewing in her jammies at 10pm, but I'll take it.

Sew along both long sides with a 1/2" seam allowance. Then, clip seams a little closer to the edge, and clip the corners on the diagonal, close to (but not touching) your seams. Here's a close-up of what this should look like.

Clipping the corners should help prevent your corners from looking all clumpy when you turn it inside out.

Turn this piece of fabric right side out. You can use a straight pin to pick at the corners so that they look neat and square. Then iron flat. After that, top stitch along all three finished sides, about 1/4" from the edge, or closer if you want.

Set this little piece aside for a minute, and take your two large rectangles.

Put right sides together with the outside fabric on the bottom and the inside (lining) fabric on the top. On the right side, take the little fabric piece you finished sewing, and place it between the two rectangles, halfway between the top and bottom. Match up the raw edge of the fabric tab with the edges of the fabric rectangles.

Now, stitch along both short sides and the top long side of fabric. Use a 1/2" seam allowance and leave the long bottom edge un-sewn.

Clip your corners like before.

Turn your fabric rectangle right-side out, and iron smooth.

Now, you want to get your piece of bias tape. This is what it looks like out of the package.

We're going to fold over the end so that we don't have any raw edges showing in our finished crayon roll. Here's how I like to do it.

Fold over one end a little bit (about 1/4") and iron smooth.

Then, take the corners of the flap you just made, and iron them under into two little triangles.

Now, iron the whole thing down again, and you've got all your raw edges neatly tucked inside the bias tape so they won't show.

Next, start pinning your bias tape along the raw edge of your fabric rectangle, like this.

When you get close to the end of your bias tape, use the little bit of extra bias tape to fold over and iron all the raw edges out of sight like you did on the other end.

Use a straight stitch and sew bias tape to fabric rectangle close to the edge of the fabric.

Now, take that little piece of velcro. Get the fuzzy side (not the scratchy side) and lay out your large fabric rectangle with the outside fabric facing up. Measure over 4" from the fabric tab and pin your fuzzy velcro piece in place.

Sew along edges of velcro with a straight stitch, as close to edges of velcro as possible.

Turn fabric rectangle over so that the lining fabric is facing up. Take bottom edge that has bias tape, fold over 2 1/2 inches and iron smooth. Then sew along ironed edge with a straight stitch, about 1/4" from edge.

Next, use pins to mark off 8 openings (where the crayons will go). Each space between pins should be about 1 1/2" wide. I found that it helps to place the pins so that the pointy tips are facing your folded/sewn edge. Start sewing the seam of each pocket from the folded edge and sew towards the bias tape edge. Also, it's best to sew the middle one first and work your way out to the edges of your fabric rectangle with each remaining seam. That way, if your fabric shifts a little, it will not get too crooked.

Here's a close-up of what those finished pockets look like.

When you get to the final edge of your pockets, sew the edge of the pocket, and continue sewing around the entire rest of your rectangle. This is called top-stitching and will give your crayon roll a more finished look. Also, if you ever need to put your crayon roll through the wash, the top-stitching will help it retain it's shape.

You won't need to top-stitch around the bottom edge of your pockets, since that's already done.

Now, take the top long edge of your crayon roll, fold it down 1 1/4" and iron smooth.

Stitch along ironed edge, about 1/4" from the edge.

Finally, take the scratchy side piece of your velcro, and pin to the fabric tab. With a straight stitch, sew along edges of velcro, as close to the edges of the velcro as possible.

Congratulations! You're finished! Put some crayons in your crayon pockets, roll up your crayon roll, and you're ready to color on the go!

I especially love the piece of fabric that folds over the top of the crayons. I know myself (and my two-year-old), and we would totally have all the crayons slide out and end up all through my purse without that little extra detail.

Here it is all rolled up.

My sweet girl was so excited about her new crayon roll. She couldn't keep her fingers away while I snapped a few pictures.

She loves her crayon roll! It's already been handy to have in restaurants, doctors offices, and I'm sure we'll find other uses too.

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  1. I LOVE this. I've been in love with that scallop fabric for a long time and it's just perfect for this little project. So cute!

    1. I agree! I bought this fabric for a different project, and I keep finding things I want to make with it. I may have to get more. :)

  2. Great tutorial - love the colors, too!!

  3. This is such a great tutorial--thanks for taking the time to put it together! I'm pinning it to my (CarlaINHouston) Gifts for Preschoolers (DIY Style!) board!

  4. Thanks Carla! I'm glad you found it helpful! :)