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Keep on rollin'

Posted by  ·  September 9, 2008  ·  Last Updated: September 9, 2008

through our gifts! This Crayon Roll Holder is a great and useful gift for children!

I noticed on our crayon roll that the inner fabric lining gets marked up quite a bit from the crayons going in and out. So this time instead of using interfacing on the lining piece I covered it with iron on vinyl. This is such a cool product.  I had to keep myself from covering all the pieces—and I am glad I didn’t.  The turning at the end gets it a bit wrinkled. I fear if I had done the whole thing it might look like a mess. The only draw back is that it is slicker and the crayons have less friction. However the new closure allows you to tighten it up to keep the crayons inside.

You need:

1 – 5 X 16 1/2 inch piece of fabric for the outside
1 – 5 X 16 1/2 inch piece of fabric the the inside
1 – 6 X 16 1/2 inch piece of fabric folded lenghtwise and pressed for the pocket
ric rac (if desired)
1 – 5 X 16 1/2 piece of iron on vinyl
1 Cord Stop

Iron on the vinyl to the right side of your lining piece following package directions.

Place pocket piece ontop of right side of lining. Starting 1 1/4 inches over from the edge, stitch from top of pocket (back stitch at top) to bottom. Then stitch every 1 inch.  You should have 1 1/4 inches left on the other end.

If using ric rac pin it around the edges, overlap at bottom. I use fray check to keep ends from unraveling.

Place outside piece ontop of pocket and lining, right sides together. Place a 20″ piece of cord (folded in half) in the middle on the right side. Ends of cord go towards the center.

Sew all the way around 1/4 inch from the edge. Leave a 2-3 inch opening at the TOP.

Clip corners and turn. Press (don’t press vinyl with bare hot iron), making sure to press opening to the inside. Pin opening shut and then top stitch all the way around very close to the edge (making sure you sew all layers of the opening shut.)

Squeeze the Cord Stop and thread both ends of the cording through the center hole (have patience, thread ends one at a time). Tie the ends of the cording together into a knot. I placed a drop of glue in the knot to keep it secure and then put fray check on the ends.


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  1. Saturday, March 12th, 2016
    I've made a couple of crayon wraps & used oil cloth as the inner fabric. So many cute patterned oil cloth fabrics out ther now ! I love the fabric choices you've made!
  2. Paula
    Friday, March 6th, 2015
    I plan to make a crayon holder to hold all of my crochet hooks.
  3. Monday, March 31st, 2014
    Useful info. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally, and I am surprised why this coincidence
    didn't took place earlier! I bookmarked it.
  4. Saturday, January 11th, 2014
    The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
    Go ahead. I put a small amount of water in a pllastic cup and quietly
    stood in front oof my dog, without saying a word.
  5. Tilly
    Friday, April 27th, 2012
    I love this idea, so cool way to keep the crayons. How many crayons fit in this roll?

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jenna
    Thursday, October 27th, 2011
    I love these! But, I do not sew. Anyone making these to sell??? :)
    • Thursday, October 27th, 2011
      Check back soon Jenna! I am adding some to the shop!
  7. Sunday, July 10th, 2011
    Thank you so much for a great idea, I have made three of them so far. Your directions are super easy to understand. I featured you on my own blog. http://getinspired2.blogspot.com/2011/07/crayon-rolls.html
  8. Jeannine
    Friday, April 8th, 2011
    I revised mine and added a hair elastic and a big button for closure. My little girls (5 and 3) can do it by themselves. Yay! I had to tie the ribbon version for them every time:( Thx for the pattern. Love it!
  9. Shirley
    Saturday, September 18th, 2010
    Hi everyone...I made one of these and love it but when I went to make one with rick rack I had a lot of trouble making sure I caught it when sewing the seam.. I can't seem to catch it when sewing...especially around the corners...any tips on how to attach rick rack in between layers of fabric are surely appreciated..would love to use the rick rack...it makes it look so cute!!! Thanx!
  10. Stacey
    Sunday, April 25th, 2010
    Yes-I would love to know the fabrics used in the tutorial...
  11. Monday, April 5th, 2010
    I love this little roll! Thank you so so much! Will you tell me what that outside fabric is? the black? is it still available?
  12. Saturday, March 6th, 2010
    I just put some pictures of my pencil roll (bases on this one) on my blog... http://wp.me/pK2DW-15
  13. Nina
    Friday, January 22nd, 2010
    Where do you buy this crayon roll holder? Do you sell this?
  14. Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
    love this! Wonder if you could do a flap at the top to cover the crayons? We have two rolls (gifts) and the crayons don't always stay in the pouch when traveling. It's be great to have some sort of flap that goes over the top of the crayons when not in use...?
  15. sunshine
    Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    I can't thank you enough for this tute! I am planning on modifying it slightly (make it wider) to use as a gift for my sister who is a make-up artist. She has so many eye/lip pencils and brushes that I know she will LOVE how organized this helps her keep her supplies. Thanks again!
  16. Cynthia
    Friday, September 25th, 2009
    I'll be making these for a 2nd grade classroom in a low-income area. I can't wait to see the kids faces :) Thanks for sharing! I love your site!
  17. Monday, September 7th, 2009
    I made one of these and absolutely LOVE it! What a cute idea! I'd never seen these before until i saw it on your site.

  18. Dani
    Monday, August 10th, 2009
    Loved the idea, going to adapt it and make a pen/pencil-roll since I am 21 and don't have as many uses for crayons in my travels. Already made an adaptation for my scrapbooking scissors. LOVE IT!! Great site
  19. Karyn
    Sunday, August 9th, 2009
    I am excited to try the iron on vinyl. I've seen it used in reusable snack bags. So cool. I make mine almost excactly like your original tutorial. Only I cut the pieces 14.5 inches long (instead of 16.5 inches) and make each "crayon pocket" 7/8 of an inch. The crayons stay in much better. Something to try.
  20. Thursday, May 7th, 2009
    Awesome tutorial!
  21. Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
    Wow, This project really brings me back. I once volunteered my mom to make my entire class this crayon roll-up. What moms won't do for their kids!
  22. Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
    I cant wait to make this!! Thanks for sharing!
  23. Jess
    Sunday, March 1st, 2009
    What kinds of fabric do you use? i just made one with 100% cotton and it feels pretty flimsy...was just curious what you'd recommend! Thanks!
  24. Kim
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    I love your ideas and can't wait to make one! I think a little flap at the top would help keep the crayons from escaping and running willy-nilly around my tote bag. Thanks! :)
  25. Diana @ Emilee & Grace Co.
    Friday, January 23rd, 2009
    This is such a cute project. I've been in the mood to break out the sewing machine again, maybe I'll try this one soon. :)
  26. Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
    I'm so happy to find the pattern for the crayon roll. It will be a great for travel and restaurants.
  27. Liz
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
    I have made a couple of these and came back for a refresher to make more. I LOVE the idea of the vinyl and that closure is great! I will definitely have to try those on this next batch.
  28. Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
    Hello! I'm so inspired by your blog. I just received my first sewing machine for Christmas. I would love to try and make these for my kids - do you happen to remember the size of the rick rack you used - I'm such a novice I didn't know there were different sizes. Thanks so much.
  29. karen c.
    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
    Thanks for the tutorial! I made two crayon rolls for Christmas this year for my nephews. My only problem was finding the cord stops. I went to three different stores, including WalMart, and couldn't find them anywhere, so I just used ribbon instead.

    Any suggestions on where to get the cord stop?
  30. MichelleC
    Thursday, November 13th, 2008
    JoAnn fabrics sells the iron-on vinyl online. Or try Amazon. I also found insul-brite lining this way after not finding either in my local store. I put the vinyl on the pocket, too, just because I was a bonehead and cut the first piece wrong and didn't want to waste it.
    I made the crayon roll and it turned out very nicely. They don't fit the bigger, chunky crayons, though. Do you have measurements for those? (I'm just being lazy, if you already have it, fine, if not I can figure it out ;) If you ever write the tutorial over, I'd suggest putting the 20" piece of cord in your supplies list at the top, like in a recipe.
    Thanks for the visuals, I have problems following some patterns and diagrams, but if I can see how someone does it - no problem.
    I love your blog, and my next project is the oven mitts.
  31. TN Lizzie
    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
    My girls love to spin things (think of your duct tape whip...) and I can just imagine crayons being flung around the room. To keep the crayons from sliding out, why not just make the top piece tall enough to fold over before rolling it up? When the roll is open, the extra can tuck back underneath the bag, making the openings slightly elevated...

    Argh! I've got to uncover my sewing machine. You are positively inspiring!
  32. Lily
    Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
    This is too cute! But I can't find any of the iron on vinyl, I've tried three stores and nothing. Any ideas?
  33. Melissa
    Monday, October 27th, 2008
    I was just looking at these cute crayon holders, and I had a thought. What if you made the top part a little wider and had a fold over tab to hold the crayons in. I am new to sewing, so I wasn't sure how it would look. My son and daughter are on a competitive cheer team and the crayon rolls will make great goody bag item. Our girls and boys are ages 3-9 and they would come in handy for our trips to different competitions. Thanks for the tutorial.
  34. Edyta
    Saturday, September 27th, 2008
    I just noticed this here! I love the vinyl idea! I didn't even know there is such a thing! I Looooooooove it!
  35. Thursday, September 25th, 2008
    That is so pretty. It would make a great make up brush holder too! (If made a little taller of course)
  36. stephanie
    Sunday, September 21st, 2008
    Oops! Sorry! I just went back and looked more carefully... 20" piece of cord. I'm 8 months pregnant so I'll blame this on my Placenta Brain! :)
  37. stephanie
    Sunday, September 21st, 2008
    This could be a silly question ,but is the cord included with the cord stop? And if not, how long should I make it? Sorry, never used one of these gadgets before! THanks!
  38. Friday, September 19th, 2008
    I love all the new little improvements! What a great way to take a really cool thing and make it even better, thanks so much!
  39. Tracey
    Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
    Love all your cleverness with this update! Great ideas! These are somewhere on my list of things to make for holiday gifts!! :)
  40. Raimi
    Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
    This is such a great idea! it makes me want to run out & buy a sewing machine! Thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
    My Mom made me one of these when I was a child. Thanks for a trip down memory lane :)
  42. Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
    I love the cord stop idea. I have been sewing my own 'scrunchies' onto them and my husband kept telling me - boys won't want to use elastic covered in material. I can't wait to try this closure method.
  43. Liane
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    Thanks for the great idea about the cord and cord-stop! I get tired of tying the ties all the time.
  44. Lisa
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    I love the cord stop! Love, love, love! And the vinyl? Seriously, I didn't even know they sold that stuff! Brilliant!
  45. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    You always have the great ideas, Cindy. I just thought I'd share on my last pencil roll, I used a plain hair tie rubber band sewn into the seam for a closure. It worked great and was fast and easy.
  46. Kim H
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    So cool! My son would love this! His two favorite things- a bag and crayons! SMILE!
  47. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    I LOVE the idea with the cord stop. This was the only problem last time when I made your roll.
  48. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    Dang! You're good! That iron-on vinyl and the cord stop... didn't think you could make your original tutorial any better, but you proved me wrong. :0)
  49. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    I just LOVE that crayon roll! I think it's the ric rack -- I'm a sucker for ric rack!
  50. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    Great idea! I love this litle doo-dad.

  51. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    Oh I wish I could sew! I'm just in love with the crayon rolls.
  52. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    I absolutely love the idea of the cord and cord-stop, rather than the ribbon in your original pattern (although, I also love finding coordinating ribbon!). I've made a number of these, except I make them "taller" to accommodate colored pencils for slightly older kids (8+). The one problem we have is getting them tight enough with the ribbon so that the colored pencils don't slide out.
  53. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    love the vinyl idea... and the cord stop that was the problem with the other was I ended up doing hte tying all the time. I has thought of elastic or a button or even velcro but this will be so much faster!
  54. Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    I love the idea of the vinyl. I'll try it out on my next one!