Thursday, May 31, 2012

1st Bloggerversary: A Crayon Roll Tutorial For You!

Its my 1st Bloggerversary! 

I can't believe it's been a year since I decided to dive into the blogging community.  I love being able to share what I have been working on with you and I LOVE the feed back.  I just want to say thank you for reading my ramblings and leaving such wonderful comments, they make my day!

So as a small thank you I am giving you a tutorial.  I love making these little crayon rolls.  They are great for sticking in your purse or the diaper bag and pulling out whenever the kids need a little distraction: in the car, a waiting room, a restaurant, etc.  They also make wonderful gifts or party favors!

Crayon Roll Tutorial

What you will need:
1 outer piece - 12.5 x 5 inches
1 inner piece - 12.5 x 5 inches
1 pocket piece - 12.5 x 5.5 inches
1 piece of batting - 12.5 x 5 inches
1 hair tie
matching thread

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Start by folding the pocket piece (shown in the stripe fabric) long ways like a hot dog bun and press.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Using a water soluble pencil mark the center of the long edge of the pocket piece on both top (the folded edge) and bottom (where the raw edges meet).  Then place a mark every inch from the center to the edge on each side of the center mark.  Only make five marks on each side for a total of eleven marks.  This will leave you with 1 1/4 inches from the last mark to the edge.  Do this along the top and bottom edge.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Once you have all marks made you are going to pin the pocket piece to the lining piece.  Line up the raw edges of the pocket piece with the bottom edge of the lining piece and pin well so it doesn't shift.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Starting along the bottom, sew from the bottom edge mark up to the matching top edge mark back stitching a bit at the top making sure to go to the edge, but not over.  This forms the little pockets for the crayons.  

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Continue until all of the marks have been connected, 11 total.  It should look like this (the above photo).  Now the lining is finished and you can set it aside.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Take your outer piece and place the batting on the wrong side lining up the edges.  Attach the hair tie to one of the shorter edges (I like to place mine on the right edge when I am looking at it) leaving the majority, about 2/3 to 3/4, of the hair tie on the fabric with the shorter portion hanging off the edge.  Using an 1/8 inch allowance sew the hair tie on back stitching 3 or 4 times making sure it is nice and secure. 

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Now place you inner and outer sections right sides together.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Pin the layers together making sure nothing will shift.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Staring along the bottom sew around the edges leaving a small opening for turning.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.  Clip the corners and turn, making sure to push out the corners.

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Once turned, top stitch about an 1/8 inch from the edge back stitching at the beginning and end.


Fill with crayons, roll it up and enjoy!

If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will edit the post with the answer and email you.  I would also love to see what you make!  If you make one, or anything inspired by this blog, please post photos in my Flickr group!

Thanks for reading!



Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

Cute roll up and great tutorial Christine! happy blogiversary!

Realtor Sayaka in Vancouver, Canada said...

Thanks for sharing this! I made it as I read your blog and I’m so grateful you shared it with us. :D