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Crayon Holder Apron

Posted by  ·  July 19, 2010  ·  Last Updated: July 19, 2010

Welcome to our Bake, Craft & Sew Along!  Please skip on over to According to Kelly to see a crafty inspired gift and  A Southern Fairytale for edible yumminess that will be perfect this holiday season.

What little girl wouldn’t love this crayon holder apron?  Kristen, of Grace Violet, also has something special for the boys.

Kristen writes…

Crayon Holder Apron

Do you notice how shiny the fabric is? That is because I was finally able to put to use a product that Pink and Polka Dot turned me onto:

Iron-on Vinyl.

I love this product. It is made by the same company that makes Heat N Bond. I have only been able to find it at Joanne’s, and it can be pricey ($9 for a 2 yard roll). But I happened to catch it when it was half off so I picked up a couple of rolls. It gives the fabric a smooth shiny finish, almost like oilcloth, except easier to maneuver because it is thinner.

Another great benefit of using this product is that while oilcloth can be hard to find and typically comes in limited patterns, now I can use any fabric my heart desires to create wipe-able cloth. Baby bibs are another project that I want to try.
And no, I am not the new Iron-on Vinyl company spokeswoman (but I would be interested if they are looking…)

What was I talking about? Oh yes, the apron.

I began with 3 rectangles:

– 6 X 16 1/2″
– 8 X 16 1/2″

– 3 X 44″

After cutting my rectangles, I folded the pocket piece (6 X 16 1/2″) in half lengthwise, and pinned it to the bottom edge of the larger rectangle, folded side facing up.

Starting 1 1/4″ from the right side, I began sewing the sections 1″ apart. This will give you 16 openings with 1 1/4″ on each end.

To finish the edges, I used a double fold bias tape around the sides and bottom.

I wanted to create a gathered look, but was worried how the vinylized cloth would look if I tried to ruffle it. Luckily, using a basting stitch (an extra-long stitch) I was able to pull the thread and create a gathered waist just like I would with any other fabric (finished width: 12″).

Taking my 3 X 44″ piece, I ironed the long edges in and then in half to create the sash. (notice that I did not use the vinyl on my sash, because I wanted it to be easy to tie).

After pinning the sash by folding it over the top of the skirt, I stitched it down and continued to sew along the edges of the rest of the sash.

My budding artist loves her new apron. And since she has been showing maturity with her art supplies, I inserted miniature markers into each slot, but they are perfectly sized for crayons as well.

You might also be interested in a crayon roll(don’t miss all the updates at the bottom), felt crayon and notepad holder , a drawing pad and colored pencil holder or a fabric covered steno pad.

Now it is your turn to link up your best handmade gift ideas!


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  1. Veronica
    Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
    I made the slots slightly wider and use them for my wrenches and screwdrivers! (which every mom should learn how to use blindfolded before their child hits the dreaded 'will this fit in there?' phase)

    If you have an old, lightweight fridgemagnet that you're not using, go ahead and glue that baby on there as well, and you will never loose a screw or nail again!
  2. Leslie
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    I have ironed clear contact paper on top of fabric to do pretty much the same thing. Just stick it on over the fabric, then use a hot iron with a tea towel in between.
  3. Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
    Wow, wonderful Idea, I have some of that stuff that I use to make my headbands shinny. I'll have to make one of these for my niece!

    Thank you.
  4. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Found you via Twitter & just signed on to your community on Blog Frog. :> Love the apron...vinyl, perfect for wee ones (and some not so wee ones too!)! :> I'll have to remember your 'Made by you Mondays' next time. :>
  5. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    BEYOND adorable! I'm bookmarking this to make for my daughter, her friends and their art teacher at school!

  6. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Love your apron idea. Really cute.
  7. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Love this apron - so cute! Also fascinated by the iron on vinyl...
  8. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    That apron is just darling! Too bad I don't have any little girls to sew it for. I'll be bookmarking it for later, maybe granddaughters some day :-)
    Thanks so much for hosting another great MBYM!
  9. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    I LOVE that apron. My little girl loves to color....she's content just coloring all day. I'm going to make this for her. Thank you so much, Cindy for the tutorial and for the great link party! :)
  10. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    i saw the iron on vinyl on another project of yours i wanted to try. The nearest craft store - hobby lobby is an hour away, and Joanns is 2 hours away from me. Could you possibly share what the product looks like, and tell us where you found it in the store? I searched every where in hobby lobby, and all the employees looked at me like i was crazy. They kept taking me to the regular vinyl stuff!!! HELP! :) my little gir would LOVE this.
  11. Amber
    Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Just don't try to put it in the washer! I made 6 bibs with the iron on vinyl, then washed them in the washing machine and it tore them to shreds! All that work for nothing!
  12. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    love the project... can't wait to try it myself. thanks for sharing and thanks for the party!
  13. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Thank you so much for hosting! Happy Monday!
  14. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    That crayon holder is TOO cute! Thanks for hosting the party :)
  15. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    I don't even sew and that sounds AMAZING!!! Oh, I may have to make a trip to JoAnns'! Thank you!
  16. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    I have a roll of that vinyl I have been wanting to experiment with for ages! What a cute apron.
  17. Monday, July 19th, 2010
    Very cute! The colors you chose were great and brilliant using the vinyl :)