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Felt Crayon Holder

Posted by  ·  December 18, 2009  ·  Last Updated: December 18, 2009

These felt crayon holders were the party favors at my daughter’s birthday party.


How To Make A Felt Crayon and Notepad Holder


(I used the inexpensive craft felt found in 9″X12″ sheets at craft stores, often the size slightly varies. I found it okay to make minor adjustments by slightly stretching while sewing and cutting)

2 pieces 6″ X 12″ (lining, outside)

1 piece 3″ X 12″ (pocket)

1 – flower shape

1 – circle for center of flower

1 button with shank

1 – 12″ piece of ribbon

1 – 11″ piece of ribbon

8 –  Crayons

1 – 3″ X 5″ 80 Sheet Memo Pad



Sew ribbon to top of pocket piece. This ribbon will keep the felt from stretching when child places crayons and notepad in and out of the pockets.


Place pocket piece on top of lining piece and mark fabric. I use a chalk marker filled with loose chalk. In the tip is a tiny metal wheel that neatly distributes the chalk. I have had it for years — it is a great tool!

Starting in the middle of the felt pocket, mark  1 5/8″ from the center then every 1″ to the side. The last space will be about 1 1/2″ (give or take, felt can stretch while sewing). Repeat on other side.  Really it only needs to be marked at the top. If making a bunch, use one as a template to mark the rest.


Stitch from the center to the side, making sure to reinforce at top by back stitching at the top of each pocket seam. I found that the lining piece was often a bit longer at this point. trim side edges so they are even (I have not yet trimmed in the picture).


Sew flower to top of outside felt piece. Insert 11″ ribbon 1/2″ into edge of flower before sewing around the petals. Sew flower center.


Place  the outside and lining pieces wrong sides together, matching edges and trimming if needed. Using between a 1/4″ – 3/8″ seam (my seam was a tad wider than 1/4″), stitch all the way around the outside edge.


Finish edges with pinking fabric shears.


Sew button with a shank to the center of the flower. Place all items in the pockets, fold up and decide how long ribbon needs to be. Fold the end of ribbon (making about a 1″ loop) and stitch back and forth to secure. Trim any extra ribbon.



You might be interested in these tutorials on how to make a crayon roll or a felt crayon roll.

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  1. Thursday, October 5th, 2017
    This would make a great Christmas project. Looks cool
  2. Robbie Lynn's Stitches Sewing
    Saturday, September 17th, 2016
    This is going to a great project for my sewing class with the children. Thank you so much for sharing.
  3. Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    My girls have something similar to this and love it! Your holds more crayons though which is really great! I'm putting together a round up of DIY crafts on my blog and wondered if you'd be willing to let me use a picture with your link. Thanks!!
  4. Nicole
    Saturday, October 5th, 2013
    Hi, I'm new to the crafting world and am planning to make this for my friend's daughter. I don't understand though why the 2 green pieces of 6x12 felt are needed. I obviously undrstand why one is needed, but not two. I read where you sew the "wrong sides" together, but I can't seem to match it up with the pictures. I don't see where the two green pieces are. Can anyone clarify? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you! :)
  5. Friday, December 28th, 2012
    This was great! It was super easy and super cheap :) I made one for my 5 y.o. niece for Christmas. In the midst of opening up toys on Christmas Eve, she opened up this gift, then proceeded to lay down on the floor and start coloring lol! She made two pictures before my parents told her to open more gifts.

    I made it pink and purple and bigger. After finding a 5"x7" drawing pad from Joann's $2.50 bin and "large" Crayolas, I decided to make the holder bigger. The pocket size was 3"x18", marked 2 5/8" from center and then 1.5" apart for the crayons. The lining/outside pieces were 8"x18". Thanks a bunch for this tutorial!!!
  6. Christal
    Saturday, October 6th, 2012
    Crystal, A half of any sports ball, baseball bat, lego, a tennis shoe and the laces could be the closure. A tire or tire swing. A car.
  7. Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
    Love it... I saw it a few years ago... and finaly I made one for my daughter... thanck you so much... I leave you the link...

  8. Crystal
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    Love this project! I made one and now am going to make a few more for my nieces and nephews. I'll have to put something different on instead of the flower though for the boys. Any suggestions?
  9. Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
    I found your crayon roll a while back and it was great! This morning I've been perusing your archived posts and came across this beauty! It quickly went into my favorite places!!! Thanks! ~karen
  10. Miranda
    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    Thank you so much for sharing this! The sewing machine and I have had a rocky past but this project was something even I could do :) I made one for my niece and it turned out super cute! I'm new to your blog and love what I've found. Thanks again for sharing!
  11. Donna
    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    I just made two using my hot glue gun (my machine is broken) and they turned out so cute. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
  12. Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
    This is wonderful! I whipped these up last night and have posted them on my blog today.... with a link back to you!

  13. tereasa
    Friday, January 7th, 2011
    not sure if this will work
  14. tereasa
    Friday, January 7th, 2011
    I have made one of these today for a last minute birthday party tomorrow for a 5 yr old boy ill see if i can add pics x
  15. Saturday, January 1st, 2011
    Hi, I have a little blog here in Spain, spanish language, with very few readers by now, and would love to translate your tutorial and post it there. I will of course say it is yours and include links to your page and tutorial...would you mind? -happy new year by the way!!
  16. Sunday, November 14th, 2010
    This is a great idea! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to make it. Eventually I changed it a bit, and made a holder for my pencils. I'm really happy with it! :) I put some pictures on my weblog [www.bovenbrucx.blogspot.com]! Thank you for posting :)
  17. Friday, October 29th, 2010
    I just made this for my niece's birthday and it came out great! I think it will be a standout at the party. Thanks for the tutorial! I made this in probably 20 minutes, which is exactly what I was looking for--cute and easy!
  18. Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
    Oh...This it such a cute idea. Thanks for posting it! This would be great for my kids at church! (instead of having a thousand crayons hitting the floor! Great job girl! Now if I could just get a sewing machine! ha
  19. Johanna
    Thursday, August 12th, 2010
    I made these for our DS's 2yr party. I made 2 each of a flower [similar to yours], princess crown, hybrid car, football, goldfish and frog [complete with a tiny bug shaped button!]. I posted pics on facebook, but my settings are set to extremely private. Email me and I'll send you jpgs that you could post for more inspiration.
  20. Monday, June 7th, 2010
    I love it, I made this for my cousins in Mexico, they love it, I post a pic in my blog


    thank you

  21. Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
    Our children will love this felt crayon holder, also we'll share after we've done
  22. Brooke
    Friday, February 5th, 2010
    Just finished making a version for my son (with a car instead of flower). It turned out great! Thank you so much for the instructions!
  23. Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
    This is going to be one of the first projects that I complete once I get my sewing machine fixed!
  24. Monday, December 21st, 2009
    Ooooooh! I so want to make this--after Christmas, when I have the time!
  25. Sunday, December 20th, 2009
    I love this one! I just made 4 crayon rolls last night for nieces and nephews and had a blast. I kept thinking how to make one for my 4 yr old daughter who loves sketching with a notebook. I checked just now and there it is! Thanks so much! I love it and will be sharing it with my readers to come check out as well if that is ok. Have a great day!
  26. Sunday, December 20th, 2009
    Hi there!

    Just wanted to show you what an inspiration these were to me! I have four daughters, all about to head off into their own places and these are a loving way to support their wise woman journey, adding a sewing bundle to their bags of tricks.


    Thank you!
  27. Saturday, December 19th, 2009
    I was hoping you'd give us a tutorial on these! I think it's the flower that does it for me. :>) I linked to this on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Thanks!!
  28. Saturday, December 19th, 2009
    This is the most darling thing I have seen! I have to run out and get some felt now. :-)

    My Card Making Site!
  29. Carol S-U
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    LOVE IT!! Thank you for sharing!! I will be checking my felt stash in the morning to see if I have enough on hand to make these for my 3 girls.... FUN!!!
  30. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I really love the paper pad in the center. I am definitely adding this to my list...and linking, too!
  31. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I love this project and may make it for my nieces. I think they would love this. Thank you so very much for sharing I always love your handmade ideas, please keep them coming.
  32. Erin
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I love it! I showed my principal your entire Santa party- her daughter's birthday is around Christmas time. She wants a tutorial on the adorable candy cane place card holders.

    Thank you!
  33. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I'm going to hand sew these i've decided for my LO's march bday party! i might have to start now since i'm so slow at hand sewing :)

    we are doing Charlie and Lola so the girls will get flowers and the boys soccer balls!
  34. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I can;t even express how darling that is! I absolutely love it! You could even make it for a boy using blues and greens and a star or a car or something instead of a flower. Wonderful :)
  35. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    This is fantastic. Thanks so much for all of your great ideas!
  36. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I have been planning/meaning to make one of your crayon rolls for my nephews, but think I will make this instead! Thank you! Great again.
  37. Ann
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
  38. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I honestly can say I love this website, I have downloaded so many wonderful ideas and projects and this is definitely one I will be making soon - have my daughters birthday coming up in January. Thanks, have a great Christmas!
  39. Alice S
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I love this and I'm sure I'll make some over the next year.
  40. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    If you don't have a machine do you think fabric glue would hold up??
    handsewing would it take a long time??
  41. Christina
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I already have everything I need to make this for my kids' stockings. For my boy I think I will try a 1/2 star (I might even be creative and try a partial rocket or UFO since we are very into space right now.) Thanks as always! I am making several of your projects this year!
  42. Angel Pongrac
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    Thank you so much for the tutorial...I saw it first thing this morning and already have one made!!! I didn't have felt, so I used cotton fabric and followed your other crayon roll turorial by using the interfacing. It came out great. Also, I made mine 2" longer to accomodate a pack of 10 twistable crayons that I bought at the Dollar Store yesterday. I can't wait to put this in my daughter's stocking. Thank you, YOU ROCK!!!
  43. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    I've made similar crayon holders before but I really love your design, especially putting the pad in the middle. I put it at the end and then the holder didn't fold up as nicely as yours. (I had the same thought as Julie regarding designs for boys. I think just layering a few brightly colored circles would look nice... planets maybe?)
  44. Julia
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    Adorable as usual! I am totally going to make these for the sweet kids in my Pre-school class. Can you give me any ideas for an embelishment for boys instead of the flower?
  45. Sheila
    Friday, December 18th, 2009
    THANK YOU for sharing this Tutorial with us! It is very well written and therefore, easy to understand...I can't wait to try it!