Travelin’ Crayon Case {Tutorial}

We’ll be traveling by car to a few different places this summer and I like to keep my children busy because quiet children equals happy Momma.  They have lots of electronic gadgets but what seems to keep them occupied the longest are good old crayons and paper.  And because I like to sew and my kids love all types of handmade goodness I decided to create “Travelin’ Crayon Cases”.

Travelin' Crayon Case

They were super easy to make. I promise.

First gather your materials.  You will need 3 pieces of cotton (one for the interior, one for the exterior, and one for the pocket) each measuring 15 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches, one piece of 15 1/2 inch by 7 1/2 inch fusible fleece, one 12 inch piece of ribbon and one 17 inch piece of ribbon. And of course the regular sewing basics.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Lay the fusible fleece fusible side up and then the exterior cotton piece right side up on top of the fleece and iron them together.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Put the fused fleece and cotton aside.  Then take your pocket piece of cotton and iron it in half lengthwise.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Top stitch along the fold of the pocket.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Next place the fused fleece and cotton right side up and place the stitched pocket piece on top.  The raw bottoms should line up.  Place the 17 inch ribbon across the fabric lengthwise and
then the 12 inch ribbon.  (It doesn’t show in the picture but I actually have the ribbon overhang on the right side about a half inch to make sure it gets caught in the stitching.)

Travelin' Crayon Case

Place your remaining cotton piece face down on the already assembled pieces and tuck in the ribbon that is poking out of the left side of your fabric.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Pin it all in place and then sew all around the case leaving a two inch opening on the left side (opposite where the ribbon is stitched into place).

Travelin' Crayon Case

Trim the excess ribbon on right side and clip the corners.

Travelin' Crayon Case
Travelin' Crayon Case

Turn the case inside out. I then use a chop stick to push out all the corners.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Iron, making sure to iron the opening flat.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Top stitch all around the case making sure to close up the opening.

The next step is to create the center pocket for the pad of paper. Fold over the left side 1/3 of the way and iron the crease.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Then fold over the other 1/3 creating a tri-fold and iron that crease.

Travelin' Crayon Case

Stitch up the creases. This creates the middle pocket.

Travelin' Crayon Case

The last step is to create the crayon pockets. I am sure there is a more precise way to do this but I just inserted the crayons into the side pockets and then made a mark with washable marker between each crayon. I then used that mark to guide where I needed to stitch for each crayon pocket. It is hard to see but I used a blue washable marker and made just a very small dot.  (Oh and I removed the crayons before I made my crayon pockets.)  :)

Travelin' Crayon Case

Trim all your hanging threads. Fill with a 4 x 6 inch pad and 12 crayons, fold it up, and tie it closed.

Travelin' Crayon Case
Travelin' Crayon Case

My kids were thrilled when I gave these to them! They started using them right away.

Travelin' Crayon Case

I am going to make a few more for my nephews and I hope they like them just as much!

Travelin' Crayon Case
Travelin' Crayon Case

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Comments

  1. I just found your blog earlier this week and I love it! Such fun colors and brilliant ideas. I have seen similar crayon rolls before but I really like the way that you have done yours. The photos and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I can’t wait to make up two of these for my little guys to use on our airplane trip across the country in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

  2. Shirley, I discovered this tutorial and would love to share it with the followers of Organize Craft Supplies, with your kind permission. Please email me back if this is something you would agree to let me do. Thanks!

  3. Like the crayon holder

  4. Thank you for a great tutorial! I am making these as my daughter’s party favors :)

  5. Thank you for a great tutorial! I am making these for my daughter’s birthday party favors :)

  6. Thank you for the tutorial, it was very clear and I whipped up 3 this morning in not too much time. I was hurrying for the mail, so I used what I had and took some shortcuts, but they still turned out nice. Thank you again:
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  7. That looks like a great project! What fabric collection did you use for your son’s crayon case with the elephants, numbers, and letters?

    • Hi Lori :) The elephant fabric is by sei it is called elephant summer in blue. I think you might have a hard time finding it now. The alphabet fabric I purchased at Joann Fabrics and I’m pretty sure they still have it. Good luck with your fabric search!

  8. thankyou, its really awesome

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