Today my husband's family is celebrating my husband's brother's stepdaughter's birthday. (Confused yet?) I think the birthday girl is turning 7. Factor in the recent knowledge that my husband will be getting a 2.7% paycut for the next school year, I've been bucking down on creating more homemade gifts.
Today's gift is costing me $1.64 for the Crayon box, bunches of scraps and several hours of my time. :)
I cut strips of 8"x1.5". Later I'll discover I made the strips too tall.
Arranged and sewn in a rainbow of my pleasing.
For the "holder" part, I cut a 5.5" strip and ironed it wrong sides together.
The crayons measured 3.5" tall, so I figured a 2.5 tall after-seam-allowances holder would work out nicely.
Next I layered the backing, too-fluffy batting, rainbow and then the holder strip.
I'd very strongly recommend a much thinner batting! Like warm and natural or the thinnest polyester you have.
Here I'm testing to see how the crayons look in the roll. I sewed up and down each column.
And that's when I realized that my plan of folding the top half of the roll over the crayons just wasn't going to work. It's the batting's fault. ;)
So before I put the binding on, I hacked off 2.5" from the top. I also ironed it so it wouldn't poof so much.
I wanted to fold over the top to prevent the crayons from falling out, but I think they're snug enough.
Here I'm making the ties for the roll. I took a 1.5" strip, ironed wrong sides together to make a crease.
Then I opened it again, ironed the edges to the middle, then ironed the middle crease back in. Finished off with sewing a line down the open side to keep the tie together.
Before hand sewing the binding down, I attached the ties.
I went back and forth over it three times, because I wanna make sure it doesn't come apart! :)
All the crayons properly in their place.
It does bow a little bit because I didn't make any extra fabric room when sewing on the holder.
All rolled up and tied!
I'm not sure if I would make this again. I know it took me 4 hours. Perhaps because of the too thick batting, perhaps because I didn't know exactly what I was doing.
And I knew there was a reason why I don't work with miniature quilts very much. 4 hours of work and using up only half a yard of fabric? Yikes! I have too much fabric to work that slowly. ;)