crayon roll tutorial {from the archives}

i thought it would be fun to pull an old tutorial of mine from the archives!

i wrote this tutorial almost 3 years ago and it is still gets a ton of hits and pins, even after all this time!

one of the long time staples in my shop used to be  crayon rolls.
these are perfect for gifts!
each of my girls have one and silas  has been begging for one, so i made up this adorable one for him.  these are great for throwing in your purse, for keeping the littles busy in the car, waiting rooms, restaurants…  and when they’re done, they love that each crayon has its own little home
and they can roll it up themselves and secure it with the elastic.
so, are you ready for the tutorial?  here you go!
2 pieces of same fabric for outside and inside – 5″ x 16 1/2″
1 piece of coordinating fabric for pocket – 6″ x 16 1/2″
1 piece of flannel for lining – 5″ x 16 1/2″
1 coordinating hair elastic
1 button
needle and thread
1 box of 16 crayons (i get mine at walmart)
disappearing ink fabric marker

1. cut out all 4 pieces of fabric

2.  fold pocket piece of fabric in half length-wise and iron flat.
i have found that it helps to actually PLUG IN the iron, and not the nearby vacuum cord.
crazy how that works!

3.  lay out flannel piece.
its just a lining to give the roll a little more stability.
then lay one of the 5″ wide pieces on top of the flannel (wrong side down),
then pocket piece on top of that, lining up all bottom edges.
pin at the ends.
4.  find the midpoint of the pocket at 8 1/4″.
with your fabric marker and a straight edge, mark the middle line.
5.  then make a line every inch, until all 15 lines have been drawn.
see how the space after the last lines on each side is a little wider than 1 inch?
that’s to allow for the seam allowance.
6.  now stitch down the pocket.
i start at the center line, 1/4″ below the top of the pocket, and back stitch (very important!),
then run your stitch all the way down.
work your way down the lines to the right, then to the left, until all lines are stitched down.
trim threads.

7.  if you have a tag to add, do it now.
also stitch down the elastic on the far right side.
i take the seam part of the elastic (where its melted together) and pinch it.
i stitch it down just inside the edge, about a 147 times.
ok, not really but i really want to make sure the elastic holds when little hands are tugging on it.

8.  now lay the outside piece on top of all that you have just attached together,
right sides together, and pin at each corner.

9.  next stitch all pieces together with a 1/4″ inseam.
start at the short end without the elastic, leaving about a 2″ opening to turn right side out.
i marked my opening so you could see my placement.
clip the corners.

10.  turn right side out and gently poke out corners.  i like to use a chopstick for this.

11.  spray your stitched down pocket lines with water before pressing crayon roll flat.
sometimes if you don’t spray the marker lines,
when you iron it it makes the ink permanent rather than disappearing.
12.  press all the edges flat and tuck in the edges of the opening.

13.  starting just below the elastic, stitch very close to the outer edge to hold all the pieces together.

14.  organize your crayons (my *favorite* part!) and tuck into pockets.

15.  roll up tight.
gently stretch the elastic to find where the button should be sewn down.
hand stitch the button on securely.
16.  you’re done!
find a cute little one to give this to and make their day!

i so hope you enjoy this little project!
thank you for reading through this very long tutorial!


  1. 1

    This is so cute! You are so clever & crafty!
    This would be perfect for my niece.. do you happen to sell these? Did I miss that somewhere?


  2. 3

    My youngest is 8, but I am tempted to make this for her anyway. It’s so cute! :)


  3. 4

    I am makinf this for my girls. I love your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  4. 5
    Debbie Kenny says:

    I used your tutorial and made that three years ago for my grandson. Now, I have two grandsons, another on the way, and a granddaughter. I think it might be time for another one!

    Thanks for the re-post.

  5. 6

    Love your blog and I have nominated you for a Liebster award:

  6. 7

    Love this…I have shared on my Facebook and plan to make it this weekend. Thanks

  7. 8

    Thanks for pulling this out of the archives! I’m pinning it with the intention of making a knitting needle and crochet hook roll – it’d be perfect I think!

  8. 9

    these are so clever…

  9. 10

    I love this! I have a ton of scraps and I am going to do this for my markers which are rolling around my tote bag for Sunday School. Thank you so much!

  10. 11

    I just came across this and thought..perfect!! I am making pillowcases for the local children’s cancer hospital and have lots of scraps left and they are perfect for this to use . Thank you very much for the great tutorial and sharing. I’m sure the children are going to love it!

  11. 12
    Priscilla Gonzalez says:

    Made one and i loved it!!! Thanks for sharing :D By the way where do you get your tag made?

  12. 13

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