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We are getting ready to hit the road on another trip, and I’m facing the dilemma of keeping the kids occupied without having to tow a trailer of all their “stuff” with us. One of the things I know will keep my girls occupied for hours is coloring. They can color all day long, however, I do not have the best track record of traveling with crayons. Either they end up broken at the bottom of my purse, or I end up toting a large plastic container of some kind, yes, the crayons are safe and intact but I look like a crazy person pulling a gallon sized container out of my purse at a restaurant.
What’s a girl to do? Duh! Pinterest of course! I found exactly what I was looking for, a crayon roll. Unfortunately, as is the case lately, the pins I found didn’t link to the instructions for the project or they linked to just a picture, so I had to figure it out on my own. Fortunately, it was pretty easy and took me less than 30 minutes to knock one out.
2 pieces of coordinating fabric 5 x 18 1/2 inches, I experimented with a few different lengths and this worked the best to get the most crayons without the roll becoming cumbersome. (Use your rotary cutter and mat to get the most accurate cuts.)
1 6 x 18 1/2 inch coordinating fabric folded and pressed in half
1 5 x 18 1/2 inch piece of medium weight fusible interfacing
16 inches of 1/4 inch ribbon
Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the 5 x 18 1/2 fabric you want on the inside of your roll.
Line up the raw edges of the folded piece to the bottom of the inside piece. Pin in place.
Stitch 1 1/4 inches in from the right side and continue stitching parallel lines an inch wide across. (see picture below) You should have 1 1/4 inch on either side when you are finished.
Fold the ribbon in half and pin it to a short edge of the inside piece. Make sure the ribbon lays across the inside piece of fabric. (see picture below)
Place coordinating piece of fabric over the inside piece, right sides together and pin.
Stitch with a 1/4 seam allowance all the way around leaving a 2 inch opening on the end opposite the ribbon for turning.
Clip corners, turn right side out and then press. Top stitch, ensuring that the opening is stitched closed.
That’s it! You’re done and now you have a great little crayon roll to carry in your purse so that your little one is easily entertained when you are out and about