Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:00 PM
 
It seems like once kids reach a certain age they are always being invited to birthday parties. Buying gifts for all of those parties can really add up, but with a little creativity you can make your own gift without breaking the bank. Pair this crayon roll with some jumbo crayons and some cute coloring books and you have an easy and inexpensive gift that any kid will love.

crayon roll collage

What you'll need

  • Two (6 x 13-inch) pieces of your main fabric
  • One (8 x 13-inch) piece of coordinating fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Six inches of elastic
  • Coordinating thread
  • A couple of pins
  • An iron
  • One 12-pack of jumbo crayons

What you'll do

step 1

Fold the 8 x 13-inch coordinating fabric in half lengthwise and press with an iron.

step 2

Lay one of your 6 x 13-inch main fabric pieces right side up on your work surface. Lay your piece of coordinating fabric on top of your main fabric piece with the folded edge toward the top and the open edge lined up with the bottom.

step 3

Find the center of your fabric pieces and mark it with your fabric marking pen.

step 4

Starting with the center point, use a ruler or straight edge and your fabric marking pen to draw a vertical line every inch until you have marked off 12 (1-inch) sections.

step 5

Thread your sewing machine with the coordinating thread and stitch along each of the lines you just drew. Be sure to back stitch at the top and bottom of each line to make it secure.

step 6

Once you have sewn all of your lines, trim off any excess threads.

step 7

Fold your elastic in half and pin it (like shown), centered along the edge of your sewn fabric piece.

step 8

Place the second 6 x 13-inch piece of fabric and place it right side down on top of your other fabric piece, so that right sides are facing in toward each other.

step 9

Sew your fabric pieces together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 1-1/2-inch opening along the edge of the fabric for turning.

step 10

Turn the fabric right side out through the opening and use your iron to press it flat. Turn under the seam at the fabric opening and press in place.

step 11

Top stitch around the entire perimeter of the crayon roll (1/8-inch from the edge of the fabric).

step 12

Load the crayon roll with your crayons.

step 13

Roll it up, wrap the elastic around and pair it with some cute coloring books for a perfect gift or on-the-go entertainment for the kids!

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Monica Beyer July 11, 2012
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Since I got a serger, I don't have patience for turning and topstitching. I bet I could figure out how to do this with a serger ....