Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Crayon Roll {tutorial}

I made my older girls crayon rolls for Christmas and they use them all. the. time. So we decided that for their friends birthday's this year I would make them one too. Birthday party tomorrow . . . sewing tonight. {I'm THE biggest procrastinator on the planet . . . but at least I usually get things done}

{Disclaimer} Before I get started I should point out that my dimensions are for the Crayola Mini Twistables crayons. I definitely prefer these over regular crayons because the inside of the crayon roll stays MUCH cleaner. If you want to use regular crayons you'll need to take the dimensions down a bit. Sorry, I don't have those, but I know there are other tutorials online and all the one's I saw use regular crayons.
Start by cutting out your pieces. 
You'll need one piece of thicker fabric {I usually use home decor fabric . . . that way you don't have to iron on interfacing to make it thicker} for the inside, and one piece of regular fabric for the outside. They both need to measure 18 1/2" x 6".
Cut one piece of fabric for the crayon pockets. It needs to measure 18 1/2" x 7.
Fold down the 18 1/2" x 7" piece of "pocket" fabric in half . . . line up with the bottom of the home decor fabric and start sewing straight lines all the way down the pocket fabric. The first measurement will be 1 3/8" from the edge. All other spaces will be 1 1/8" apart. You should get 16 pocket's.
You don't have to use rick rack, but I think it makes it a little cuter. I used medium rick rack for this one. Go around and pin making sure to line it up so it doesn't go over the edge.

Sew on a button {sorry, I forgot to take a picture} about 4 1/2" in, onto the outside fabric. {I accidentally sewed mine about 5" in and it's pretty tight.}
Pin the outside piece onto the inside . . . right sides together. Make sure you leave a space open so you can flip it right side out. I always leave the side closest to the button open.
Flip right side out.
And push all of the edges and corners out so that it lays flatter.
Cut a piece of thin elastic about 4" long. Fold in half and pin half way down the edge. Make sure that it's on the same side as the button . . . the side I leave open.
Sew about 1/8" all the way around to flatten the entire thing . . . and closing the open seam.

Fill with crayons . . . 
. . . and roll up! 


  1. It turned out really cute :-). I am totally impressed that you did it so quickly and even posted a tutorial about it, way to go.

  2. This is a great idea! Right now all of our crayons are in a ziploc. Following you from New Friend Friday!