Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The What Was I Thinking Crayon Roll Tutorial


My boys' birthdays are coming up in December.  For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make crayon rolls as party favors.

15 party favors.

Handmade party favors.

Party favors I decided to start making in November.

Ahh.

So I've been cranking them out, assembly line style.  Here's how I make them:

You'll need:

1 strip of fabric, 16.5" x 5" for the exterior
1 strip of matching fabric, 16.5" x 6" for the pocket
1 strip of coordinating fabric, 16.5" x5" for the interior
1 strip of lightweight, fusible interfacing, 16.5" x 5"
30" of coordinating ribbon
16 crayons


Start by ironing the 16.5" x 6" strip in half lengthwise.


Iron the interfacing to the back of the interior fabric.


Using a disappearing ink pen, mark a line 3 inches from the bottom on the interfacing.  (I know I'm using the wrong side of the marker...when making so many at a time, the disappearing ink actually disappears before I get to sewing.)


Starting 1/4" from the edge, mark every inch along the line.


Extend each mark into a vertical line.


Line the pocket up with the bottom edge.  Pin each corner in place.


Flip the piece over and pin on the interfacing side.


Sew along each vertical line, being sure to backstitch at the top.



Fold your ribbon in half and line up with the top of the pocket. 


Pin and sew all the way around, being sure to leave a 3-4 inch gap for turning.


Turn the roll right side out and push out the corners gently with a knitting needle.


Be sure to fold in the fabric in the opening so all the seams lay flat.


Iron.


Topstitch all the way around, as closely to the edge as you can.


Then rainbow-tize your crayons and fill your rolls!






If you like these, but don't feel like making one, there are a few in the shop. :)


43 comments:

  1. i think crayon rolls are the coolest gift idea for kids. i plan on making a few for the kids i used to nanny. thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  2. This is what I was planning to make my niece and nephew for Christmas! Great tutorial, and I love your fabric choices!

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  3. Wow! Lucky kids coming to your birthday parties :) These are really great!

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  4. I was kind of hoping I could sew these by hand...probably not. I seriously need a sewing machine. LOL

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial. I am making a few for gifts and now I don't have to search a tute- or figure it out myself. As for the favors.... we must be on the same crazy page. I stayed up last night cutting out faux leather cowboy vests for an early December party for my twins. Are you having a cowboy party? Wanna exchange ideas?
    Heidi

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  6. jillmolina2003@yahoo.comNovember 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Can you tell me where you found your fabric?

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  7. What a great gifts, and thanks for the tutorial.Jackie

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  8. How long would you say it takes to make 1? I love image 338!

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  9. Love this idea... and especially coming from you since they look so amazing. Those are some lucky kids!

    P.S. I made tool belts as favors for my son's bday party and swore I would never "make" anything again. LOL

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  10. Great tutorial! You undertook a big job, I have done that before! LOL! The fabric you used is super cute!

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  11. This tutorial looks great, I will try it soon one of this days. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. OHHHHHH thank you!!! Perfect Christmas gift to make for my second grade class!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Those are so cute! Can I come to the party?!

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  14. They are beautiful! And the picture of them all lying open with the crayons inside...GORGEOUS!

    They will love them!

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  15. Those are so adorable!!! I think they may very well be the BEST birthday treats ever!!! Love the fabric!

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  16. I want to order some for my little guys! I was just thinking how PERFECT these would be to take to church. He's always coloring in the pews during service. I'm gonna hit your shop before Christmas :)

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  17. What were you thinking is right! But they are adorable. LOVE that cowboy fabric, and the red polka dots look great with it. The partygoers will love these.

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  18. omgoodness!

    these are so amazing. how lucky for all the party goers. beautiful work & photos.

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  19. Thanks for the great tutorial! These roll-ups are adorable - love the fabric too! I've been preparing for a craft boutique and making several of the same time of item and have been doing assembly line work myself. The kids at your son's party are going to love these!

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  20. You are a super cool mom because these favors will be a hit! I love the cowboy fabric.

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  21. Such a fun idea! I did the same thing for my little girls party on halloween- I was up the night before finishing them!! So its good you got a head start, the guest will love them. Also I love how you used a ribbon- I used buttons, wish I had seen your tutorial first.

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  22. Thank you so much for taking the time to give such great detailed shots!!!!! Really appreciate the time it took, especially considering how busy you are! :)

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  23. I "sew" need to make some of these for my boys. Thanks for the awesome Tute!!

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  24. These are so cute! And the kids getting these are going to love them, what a great party favor, and that is a lot of work, kudos!

    I need to make my son one of these!

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  25. What a great gift idea for xmas! I love the pattern of the fabric too!

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  26. Such a cute idea! I love this!!

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  27. These are gorgeous!!! I love your photos too. Your blog is very nice. I am your newest follower:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  28. They look amazing! My mom made pencil holders for my kids and her two other grandkids and mentioned all the work :) but the kids sure do love them.
    Great selection of fabric!!!! I'd love to be invited to that party!!!! :)

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  29. Great tutorial! I love these, I might try and modify this to make make-up brush rolls for Christmas gifts :) Thank you for the inspiration!

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  30. I'm in love with the retro cowboy fabric.

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  31. What a great gift that would be!!! So cute:)

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  32. Mercy woman! What were you thinking? That is nuts! J Love the photos especially the one of all the layers of crayons and the one of the ribbon stack. And of course the fabric combo is super-fab-u-lous. I think you have inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and get busy.
    We are having a party in two weeks with an owl theme.
    Have any pretty cool ideas up your sleeve let me know. So far I have an owl cake and birthday banner.
    Great post and tute. Hope the party goes well
    ~Becki

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  33. I laughed out loud when I saw this post...I literally did this last Sunday for my kids' birthday party (which was yesterday)! I felt like I would never want to sew again, but seeing the guests excitement as they left with the precious gift made it all worthwhile!

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  34. These are adorable!

    I gave you a blog award-check it out here:

    http://happyhomemakerandmomma.blogspot.com/2010/11/we-have-csn-winner-wohoo-i-received.html

    Thank you for your site-it is an inspiration!!

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  35. You are quite ambitious...they turned out GREAT!

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  36. those are super fun! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  37. I just found your blog and all I can say is wow, what a great one! I love these crayon rolls! I can not believe yo made them for your son's friends! What a good mommy! I'll be back!

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  38. i love to "rainbowize" crayons, markers, construction paper, actually just about anything. =)

    thanks for the tutorial - looking forward to making the crayon rolls for some special little ones.

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  39. Brilliant crayon rolls! I actually want to make some after seeing your clever way of making them. Thank you so much. Of course I adore your fabrics and ribbons, they look great.

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  40. Hello, I'm a beginner crafter and loved this Brazilian port crayons ... it's beautiful ... I will do for my children .... your works are wonderful ... I follow your blog ... visit my blog, is just beginning and my work is still very simple ... a big hug! www.noreinodascosturinhas.blogspot.com

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  41. You surely put a lot of work into those crayon rolls! I'm sure they were a hit! ...but all the while I was following along your tute, I was thinking ~ NOT crayons ~ knitting needle roll-ups! ...all but I'm a knitter and not into sewing...but I got a Mom who sews! Yea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. GREAT tutorial! I just made 2 as Christmas presents for my daughter and niece, they came out beautifully! Thank you!

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