I can hear my three oldest daughters laughing upstairs. Their laughter is heard above the humming of three sewing machines. They are gathered around our dining room table sewing crayon rolls to sell in my mother's new children's bookstore, The Purple Cow Bookstore, that will be opening in a couple of weeks in Tooele, UT. I'm so glad they are able to have a good time talking, laughing, sewing. It reminds me of the old-time quilting bees.
Crayon rolls are so easy to make! Here's my own pattern that I developed and now use. Feel free to make them, give them as gifts, sell them, whatever!
Crayon Roll Instructions (holds 16 normal sized crayons)
3 - 13 x 5 inch pieces of coordinating fabric (one for the back, one for the front, one for the pocket)
1 - 13 x 5 inch piece of fusible interfacing
1 - 24 inch piece of coordinating ribbon (I forgot to put this in the photo)
Step #1: Iron the interfacing to the back of the front piece. This is the piece that the pockets will be sewn to. Fold and iron the pocket piece in half wrong sides together. (see photo below)
Step #2: Place the pocket piece on the right side of the front piece matching the bottom and side edges having the fold of the pocket piece right in the middle of the front piece. Mark the sewing lines by measuring in 1 1/4 inch from the left edge then every 3/4 inch until you have 15 parallel lines. The last line should also be 1 1/4 inch away from the edge. (see photo below)
Step #3: Sew on these lines making sure to backstitch at the top and bottom of each. Fold the ribbon in half. Sew the folded edge of ribbon to the right side of the crayon roll. (see photo below)
Step #4: Place the back piece onto the front piece right sides together. Sew around the edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance making sure to leave an opening somewhere to turn it right side out. I leave my opening on the other short end that doesn't have the ribbon sewn to it. Clip the corners. (see photo below) Turn right side out and press.
Step #5: Top stitch all the way around 1/8 inch from the edge making sure to close the opening.
Step #6: Fill with crayons and you are done!
It's hard, at least in my area, to find 16 count crayon boxes. We buy the 64 count crayon boxes, separate the crayons into color families, and then divide them equally into four sets of 16 crayons each.
As with all my tutorials, if you have any trouble or find any problems with my instructions leave them in the comments section and I'll try to help as best I can.
And if you aren't the sewing type, print off the instructions for a sewing friend to make one for you, or buy some from my shop, Cranial Hiccups!