Crayon Roll – a Guest Tutorial

Hi Guys! A few months ago my friend emailed me with pictures of a little sewing project she did. She is very talented but she doesn’t have a blog so she asked if she could share her tutorial with you all! Of course she can!! She is doing a ton of DIY stuff for her wedding, including the Lingerie Bag (one of my very first tutorials) for her bridesmaids. She is having a destination wedding, in only a few weeks so these portable Crayon Rolls are going to be perfect kid favors! I even have them on the to craft list for next week. Thanks AnnaLeigh!

Hi Taylor Made Readers, this is AnnaLeigh :) I saw this idea for a crayon roll on Etsy. They were selling party favors for a children’s party. I thought they were so cute and easy to make I decided to create them for myself and have them available along with a little activity book I found for the children at my wedding. The ones on Etsy were for only 5 crayons but as a kid I know I would want all 8, not just 5. So you can make the crayon roll with as many pockets as you want. This project was a great stash buster. I didn’t buy a single thing for this project, everything came from a stash. Ok let’s get started. :) 


Fabric (I used 3 different fabrics, you can mix and match or however you want to do it)
Ribbon-approx 17” (the Etsy crayon rolls used an elastic hair band but I had ribbon and didn’t want to buy hair bands just for this. If you do use ribbon, I wouldn’t use satin, it won’t stay tied; it needs some sort of friction. If you have the option, I would use the elastic because kids are very capable with tying knots in the ribbon etc and I would hate for you have to cut open your beautiful creation but I went ahead with the ribbon because I’m not using them for my kids and I won’t have to be dealing with it :)
Sewing machine
Rotary cutter and measurers
At the ironing board and cutting board: 
1) Press all fabric.
2) Decide which fabric will go where and cut 3 pieces total:
a) pocket piece 8.5” x 5.5”
b) outside piece 8.5” x 5”
c) inside piece 8.5” x 5”
*If you want to do more or less crayons, just add or take away an inch from the length for each crayon. For example, if you only want to do 5 crayons the 8.5” length would go down to 5.5”*
3) fold the pocket piece (a) in half length wise and press.


At the sewing machine:
1) Pin the pocket piece (a) to the lower half of the inside piece (c) raw edges aligned and the fold of the pocket piece (a) toward the middle. Baste pieces together with about a 1/8” seam.


After you baste, it should look like this:


2) Now we are going to sew the crayon pockets. On the pocket piece (a), I started from the raw edge and sewed to the fold. Be sure to backstitch your pockets for strength. Kids will be kids. The two outside pockets are going to be 1¼” and the rest will be 1”.

3) On the completed inside/pocket piece (either the right or left side is fine, I did this on the right side), fold the ribbon in half and pin it about a ¼” from the edge on the wrong side of the fabric.


4) Baste with a 1/8” seam.
5) Fold the ribbon over to have it run across the front of the fabric and pin it (you can also baste again if you’d like).


6) Now take your outside piece (b) and place it on top of the inside/pocket combination, right sides facing each other. Align the raw edges and pin together. (Make sure the ribbon in tucked inside)
7) Being sure the leave a 1.5-2” opening (marked by my pins), sew a ¼” seam around the project. Be sure not to sew the ribbon into your seam.


¼” seam:


8) Flip your project right side out through the hole you left. With a dull pencil or chop stick, poke your corners out until you are satisfied. Press flat.
9) Sew a 1/8” seam all the way around your project to make it a little more professional and also to close the hole you had left.


10) And you’re all done! See, easy, right?


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Mini Fabric Lamps

One of the very first things I ever “pinned” were these “Lamp Shades on a String” from Rebeccas DIY. They have been on my to-make list for months. When I first found this little project, it was only written in Swedish but I think she has an English version now. These are so cute and actually really fun to make, Finn even helped me a little :) I love a simple project, and one that uses scraps.
What you need:
Fabric Scraps, Lights, Mod Podge and Clear Cups

Then you need holes in your cups…
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Iron all of your scraps and then start cutting. I have a template HERE if you are using the same cups (9oz Hefty Brand).You can also always find any of my templates under the “freebies” tab.

Cover your cups with the Mod Podge and wrap fabric around. The template is cut for a little excess fabric and I just used more Mod Podge on that little lip.

Let them dry…

Push the lights into the holes.

Here is a little PSA: I posted a project about a year ago that involved tealights in a metal container near plastic and some commenters thought I had a death wish or something. I thought “its just a tealight people” and obviously I am always around when I burn candles. I write a craft blog not a manual on life…but if this project isn’t for you, just don’t make it and as always please be safe :)

The best part… plug them in, yay!

Look where they live now

I love them, I want to make some for every single room. Stay tuned later this week for a very ModPodge-tastic giveaway that I know you will LOVE!!

Ruffled Lace Headwrap

In case you missed this post, here it is… I was lucky enough to get to be a part of See Kate Sew‘s Ruffles Series. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a few times, but Kate is truly one of my all time favorite bloggers, she has a unique vintage style and she is always original. I have also told her I think she used to be a clothing model :) Her Ruffles 2012 Series was amazing! Here is my ruffly contribution:

I’m so honored to be a part of the very famous “Ruffles 2012 Series”! I have to admit, I’m not a super frilly girl and I have two sons so I was stumped for a bit when Kate asked me to work with ruffles. Then I realized, I can make ruffles work with my style. So I came up with this Ruffled Lace Headwrap. I love headbands and headwraps, so why not have some ruffles?

You need two strips for fabric – both about 58″ x 3″. I used solid yellow for the back and scraps for the front that I pieced together. 

Then you need to taper the ends. Pencil it as a cutting guide then cut and pin right sides together.
Then sew leaving one end open and flip right side out.
Cut lace 2″ wide.
My favorite… the RUFFLE FOOT :) 
Pin the ruffled lace to the center of the headwrap and sew. Only add the lace to about 8″-10″ or you won’t be able to tie your headwrap in the back.

And now you have your ruffly, fun headwrap. 
Thanks so much Kate for all the ruffly inspiration :)

Baby Onesie Refashion

Take plain onesies and turn them into a baby fashion statement.
Babies need a little refashion sometimes too. These onesies were originally embroidered with a little “baby saying”… cute but I thought the colors were a little too girly for my Clyde. He never wore them, I refashioned and re-gifted! I just used some fabric scraps and some imagination.
I made two; here is how I made the first one:
I started by embroidering the letter “f” on my fabric, I just penciled it freehand right on the fabric.

Next step is to iron interfacing to the back of the fabric. I went for the raw edge look and this way the fabric won’t fray as much. 
Next, line the fabric up to the onesie and  mark with a pencil where you will cut. 
Sew around the new fabric that you are attaching. 
Onesie refashion number 2…
Add interfacing to the back of the fabric again and cut out some pieces of the pattern.

Pin the pieces on the onesie so you cover the old design.
And sew. I again went for a messy sewn look. If you like a neater look you could do a tight zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. 
I added my fabric label…

and wrapped them up in a cute little package. Add some clips and you have a perfect baby gift.

There are more Onesie ideas HERE and HERE.

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