Not that my to-do list isn’t ten miles long or we don’t have our regularly scheduled list of appointments, but Spring Break has arrived for my kids. No half day Kindergarten drop-off and the pick-up that seems mere minutes later, no preschool drop-off and pick-up with a very familiar feel to Kindergarten.  We have no plans, not big obligations. It is our time to just be.

I recently felt the need to send a little gift out to a girl D’s age so I bought a package of the Crayola twist crayons and whipped up a little case to stow them away in. So anyways, here is a quick attempt at a little tutorial for this crayon case (which could really be sized to fit most anything – pencils, gadgets, makeup, etc. etc..).

 

Supplies Needed:
2 contrasting fabrics, each piece measuring 5″x20″ (or you could use a fat quarter and have the same fabric inside and out
2 pieces of heavy interfacing like Peltex Ultra-Firm 1-sided Fusible Interfacing, each measuring 4.5″x19.5″
elastic measuring 5.5 inches

 

After you get all of your pieces cut out, fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric pieces following the manufacturer’s directions.

Lay your fabric pieces right sides together and sandwhich your strip of elastic inbetween them about 4 inches from the top of your fabric. Pin in place.

Starting at the top, stitch around your fabric. I also double-stitched the elastic pieces in place as I figure this is a high stress area. Leave the top open.

Trim the corners on the sewn bottom so they will stay sharp when turning the tube of fabric right-side out.

Turn your tube of fabric right-side out and press with a hot iron.

Turn in your top unsewn edge approximately 1/2 an inch and press with your hot iron. Sew 1/4″ seam.

Turn up this edge to make the pocket to hold your pencils/gadget/sunglasses/whathave you. I think I turned mine up eight inches. Starting from the folded bottom, sew the two sides of the pocket together with a seam as close to the edge as possible. When you get to the elastic, DO NOT sew over the elastic as this will make it impossible to properly tuck the flap inside the elastic. Instead, loop up the elastic and sew underneath it about halfway and sew a couple extra stitches. Cut your threads and move the elastic under your presser foot and start a new stitch.

 

Finish stitching around the case, repeating the above elastic wrangling on the other side. Secure your stitches, trim your threads and viola,  a crayon/gadget/makeup/sunglasses pouch with a foldable flap.

 

Fabric used: Spring Elephant Dots from Urban Zoology by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman. You can find it here and here.

 

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