I have been busy the past few weeks. Though the weather is still not cool enough to be considered fall-like I have the sense that fall is in the air…and not far behind it…Christmas. That’s a scary thought in itself as I  haven’t really done much to prepare.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year making items to donate different places, but am behind on making gifts.

Given that Christmas is only a few short weeks away (14 as of this writing) I’ve been working on Christmas gifts for a few people in the family.

I have made great progress on a quilt for my great-niece Adalynn–there will be another post about her quilt. Next on the agenda is a quilt for my other great niece born about the same time, Aalyviah.

Though I am turning some attention toward Christmas presents, I’m also still working on things to donate.

One of the things I’ve wanted to make for a while are some of the crayon rolls that I’ve seen around the internet–especially on Pinterest. I’ve thought that they would be great to send to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Since I’ve been browsing the internet looking for patterns for crayon rolls, and trying to figure out what I need to buy to make some of them, I thought I’d share some links to some of the patterns that are out there. I’m sure this is something I’ll refer back to again, as there are quite a few different ways to make these crayon rolls…and well…I like variety. 🙂 I get bored if I do too many things that are too much the same…even if I do like the security of knowing what I’m doing and knowing what I need to have on hand to do it.

So…here are some of the patterns with pictures and links. Pictures next to the links are not mine, they are the property of the sites listed. The picture at the top of the post is mine and is a photograph of the crayon rolls I’ve made so far — 13 of them so far.

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I like this cute crayon roll from Skip To My Lou

I like that it holds 16 crayons and ties with a ribbon as opposed to a button. Button fastenings make me nervous because there is always the potential for a button to come loose and become a choking hazard.

This crayon roll from GreenChicken31 uses scraps of fabric sewn together to make the crayon pockets, and I have to admit, I like that. I also like the bias binding border. It does close with a button though.

This isn’t a crayon roll, it’s a crayon caddy, with a handy pocket for paper and nifty handles to carry it with. It does have a nice row of pockets to hold the crayons. It’s from Just Another Hangup.

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This nifty felt crayon holder from Skip To My Lou includes a small memo pad to create a handy take along to keep the little ones busy in doctor’s and dentist’s offices, and restaurants. I like the pinked edges of this one and the place for a memo pad, but it does close with a button.

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These cute crayon rolls from Punkin Handmades are the ones that I made (mine are pictured at the top of the post). They close with a hair tie which goes around the roll rather than securing with a button.Each one uses a 12.5 x 5 inch piece of batting and 2 12.5 x 5 inch pieces of fabric and one 12.5 x 5.5 piece of fabric–though a third 12.5 x 5 works in place of the 12.5 x 5.5.  I had LOTS of scraps of batting that I wanted to find a use for…so these ended up to be a great match for what I had on hand to work with. I’ve  made 13 of these so far but have enough fabric and batting cut to make a whole bunch more. Each roll holds 12 crayons, which is a nice number.

Pencil Roll DIY Free Pattern Tutorial by Keera Job of LIVE.LOVE.SEW www.livelovesew.com.au

This isn’t a crayon roll, it’s a pencil roll, which might be better for older kids who might consider themselves too old for crayons. It’s from Live Love Sew.

Crayon Roll Tutorial {Plus a Paper Pocket!}

This crayon roll from Living Well Mom includes both a pocket for crayons and a place for paper so that the single roll includes everything you need to keep your little ones busy. The roll closes with a ribbon so there is no button to come off.

This crayon roll from Cautiously Crafty features two rows of crayon pockets which allow you to carry 24 crayons. The roll closes with elastic.

Crayon Roll Tutorial. So easy to make and such a convenient way to tote your kids crayons around, on the go or at home. Great sewing tutorial!

This easy crayon roll from Almost Supermom is made using two strips of fabric 5 inches by 18 1/2 inches, a piece of fabric 6 inches by 18 1/2 inches and a piece of medium weight fusible interfacing that is 5 inches by 18 1/2 inches. It closes with a 16 inch piece of 1/4 inch ribbon.

I’m donating my crayon rolls to Pine Ridge Reservation as part of the Sew For Kids Volunteers Facebook Group and the Friends of Pine Ridge Group which serves a similar population. Friends of Pine Ridge Yahoo Group is more of an announcement group without a lot of chit-chat while Sew For Kids Volunteers is a chatty group with lots of pictures, updates about what is needed, and lots of inspiration and encouragement from other group members. Friends of Pine Ridge recently updated their website which is now very spiffy with links to tons of things to make and donate. If you’ve not been there before, or you’ve not been there for a while, check it out.

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