I recently embarked on a number of sewing projects for Miss O. I wanted to make her a few special items before her baby brother arrived. As I’ve mentioned in many posts before, this kid would colour all day long if she could. Making a crayon wallet for her seemed like a no-brainer. Through the wonders of Pinterest I found a number of tutorials but none of them had exactly what I wanted. I decided to wing it by taking ideas from a number of tutorials, photos and existing products.
This post is not a detailed tutorial but simply an excuse to show off my work! I will give a few pointers of things I applied to my project. Even a beginner can fashion their own version from my tips below. I consider myself a beginner and I came up with my own design so I have faith you can create your own crayon wallet!
Tutorials and Products Used for Inspiration
I decided on a number of things I wanted to include in Miss O’s crayon wallet.
- Pockets for crayons
- Flap to cover the ends of the crayons
- Pocket for a notepad
- Pocket to hold stickers
- Handle for carrying
- Button & elastic closure
I chose a Dora fabric as that is Miss O’s absolute fave. I used a contrasting fabric for the pockets and handle. The dimensions we formed around the size of the crayons and the size of the notepads I purchased at my local dollar store.
- Dimensions I used for all fabric will be listed further in post
- 2 identical pieces of fabric: 1 for outside, 1 for inside (these were the same in my design but you can use different fabrics)
- 2 identical pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing: affixed on inside of the fabric pieces listed above
- 2 different contrasting fabric pockets (1 piece will = 2 pockets; other is for crayon pocket)
- Handle in contrasting fabric
- Large button
- Piece of elastic (can also use a hair elastic)
Dimensions (fabric is cut 1″ bigger than final product)
- Cut 2 identical pieces of your main fabric: 19.5″ x 9″
- Cut 2 identical pieces of fusible interfacing: 19.5″ x 9″
- Contrasting fabric for crayon pocket: 9″ x 4″
- Contrasting fabric for notepad +sticker pockets: 11″ x 7″
- Contrasting fabric for handle: 10″ x 1″
- Elastic: cut according to your button placement
Basic Rundown of Steps
- Ironing is very important – it will help you with your creases and keep things lined up.
- Start by sewing on your crayon pocket; reinforce the stitching between crayon spaces. Each pocket is 1 1/4″.
- Stitch on your other pockets; reinforce the top few stitches on each pocket.
- Figure out button placement and sew it in to place.
- Make your handle using the same technique as making a key fob.
- Pin your front & back pieces, right sides together. Be sure to include your handle & elastic (tuck them in!)
- Sew around the outside; put extra stitches over the elastic & handle. Flip it right side out. Sew around the perimeter ensuring you close the hole used to flip.
- Iron your creases one last time et voila!
- Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below if you would like further clarification on certain things. Please keep in mind this is not intended to be a full tutorial, simply a guide to help you design your very own crayon wallet!
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.