I have seen these adorable Crayon Rolls in several places. But I wanted to make one to fit my daughters longer Crayon Twistables. So I looked at this tutorial and saw how they were made and then came up with this creation. If you want to make yours for crayons, colored pencils, or markers, you will need to make a measurement and adjust your material requirements in height.
2 pieces of fabric – 14 x 21 and 8 x 21 (inches)
1 piece of ribbon – about 20 inches long
* I sewed a 1/2 inch seam throughout this entire project
First, cut out your pieces of fabric…
And then fold them in half, lengthwise and iron them flat.
Take the smaller piece of fabric, make a seam right along the fold, close to the edge.
Then open up the larger piece of fabric and lay the smaller one on top, matching the two raw edges of the smaller one with the one raw edge of the bigger piece.
Sew them together along that long (21 inch) edge.
Then fold the other half of the larger piece over the smaller piece that you just attached…… and pin it along the long edge and the 2 sides. (You’ll be folding it temporarily in half right where you previously ironed the fold on the big piece, but the opposite way.) So now you have 4 raw edges pinned all together.
Sew along all 3 sides (not the fold) leaving a gap at the bottom, so that you can turn it right side out.
Trim all corners before you turn it right side out so it will lay flat.
Turn it right side out and iron it. Sew around the entire roll, close to the edge.
Measure the length of the crayon roll and divide it by how many compartments you’ll need. I sewed my crayon compartments so that they were 1 inch apart. Sew each line just until the edge of the top piece.
*If you do not want to see the lines of the sewing to separate the crayons, you may want to sew the lines for them before you sew the back of the roll closed. But I wanted to be a ble to center my lines perfectly and the lines on the back did not bother me.
Lastly, turn the crayon roll over and pin the ribbon to the back. Line it up to be sewn with the seam of the last compartment. Be careful to not sew over your crayon pocket or you will not be able to slide your crayons in!
Stick your crayons in and roll it up.
Now you have a cute and portable crayon roll to slip into your bag or purse to pull out at church, doctors appointments or while your waiting in a restaurant.
By the way, the striped material is from a sheet I found at a thrift store for $2. Can’t beat that price for a whole lot of material. So next time you are at a thrift store or garage sale, keep your eyes open for cheap, cute material!
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Lovely! I've been meaning to make one of these…
Who did the colouring in the book? It's amazing!
Ruth–Thank you. You should make one. They do not take very long at all and are so easy. My daughters use them all the time. My oldest daughter and I colored the pictures together. She colored the turtle and I colored the dog.
Ruth thank you so much for the tutorial.
With christmas on it's way. Think i'll make a few of these.
This is a great tutorial! I loved it so much, I put a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/crayon-roll.html
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Thanks for a fun idea! Love your blog!
Thanks! I just made my first of 5 for the kiddos on my Christmas list! I'm measuring my fabric 18" wide and that's pretty much perfect for 16 1" slots for crayons. Also using disappearing fabric pen for the slots. I have to admit, it's taking me quite a bit longer than everyone else! Maybe I'm overthinking it!
Thanks for the tutorial! I made one of these today for my daughter’s Easter basket. I used the mini twistable crayons (10 count) so my dimensions were different. In case anyone else wants to do the same I cut out fabric 11″ long by 12″ high and 11″ long by 8″ high. It worked well allowing for 1/2″ seams and 1″ crayon slots.
I have looked at probably 15 different crayon roll tutorials and they all seemed too complicated. Your’s was so easy to follow and my roll turned out perfectly! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’m your newest follower.
This looks really great! I bought one a while back on Etsy for my neice but I was tempted to keep it for myself! :) Thank you for posting this, now I can make my own! Also, the coloring book is really cute, what is it called so I could pick one up for myself?
In case anyone else is interested in picking one up for themselves, Amy was so kind to personally email me and give me this information:
Thanks so much Anna! The coloring book is a Little Pet Shop book. The one I have is very similar to this one I found one Amazon.
Hope that helps! It really is an adorable coloring book. I love to color and it is a fun one to color with my girls!
Cathy Bryant says
It occurs to me that this would make a great roll for makeup brushes, too, made in elegant material.
Jessica Riis says
I had three fabrics I wanted to use, so instead of cutting one big piece, I cut three small pieces and sewed two together to make the big piece. I am absolutely in love with the way it turned out and it was a fun gift to give. I can’t wait to make more! thank you for such an easy to follow tutorial!
The Idea Room Assistant says
So happy you liked the tutorial. Thanks!