Pencil Crayon Roll Tutorial

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The summer holidays are fast approaching so this pencil crayon roll is just the ticket for the creative kids in your life. It keeps their pencils tidy (and away from your feet…maybe they’re not as painful as standing on Lego but it still hurts!) and is great to take with you on days out. Even better, you only need two fat quarters and a spare hour to make it!

To make the pencil crayon roll, you’ll need:

  • 2 fat quarters (I picked two different patterns, however you could have two identical pieces)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • 1m ribbon
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

 

  1. With the fat quarter you are going to use as your inner, fold your fabric in half then fold back half of the folded fabric back on itself (if you look at your fabric sideways on, it should look like a spikey ‘h’ shape); this will make the pocket for the pencils
  2. Top stitch the fold to hold your fold together at the top of your pocket
  3. Vertically stitch the pocket to the back piece of your material (the long bit of the h) at intervals to make your individual pencil pockets, don’t forget to leave an extra 1.5cm at each end to allow for your seam allowance – for mine, I sewed a series of pockets 3cm apart
  4. Cut your outer piece of fabric so it is the same size as your inner and pin your two pieces of fabric together with the patterned sides together
  5. Cut your length of ribbon in half and place flat between your two pieces of fabric (I lined mine up with the horizontal line of the pocket) – you want one end of your ribbon pieces to be caught in your seam, but don’t forget to make sure the other end of the ribbon does not meet the other end of your roll
  6. Stitch around the rectangle with a seam allowance of 1.5cm, leaving a 5cm gap somewhere on the bottom length for you to pull your fabric back through to the patterned side
  7. Cut the four corners of the rectangle diagonally (not cutting your stitch line) so you don’t have a bulk of material when it is pulled the right way
  8. Turn your roll patterned side out and press your roll with a hot iron, tucking in the 5cm length you’ve not sewn
  9. Top stitch around the rectangle of your pencil crayon roll – this will give a great finish but also catch that 5cm gap that you didn’t sew

If you love this idea, why not take a look at my Make Up Brush Roll Tutorial (in fact, I made the pencil crayon holder after making a Make Up Brush Roll! There are also more in progress photos on this post if you need a hand)

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