If I could only carry one thing in my purse to soothe my toddler, it would be a roll of crayons. Restaurant crayons aren’t great, and if you use the fancy triangle crayons, they don’t roll off the table causing even more agony than the whole “eating out” experience. There is almost always something nearby on which a child could color—the back of paper placemats, receipts, scrap paper, shopping lists, the paper on the exam table at the doctor’s office—and the possibilities of things to draw are endless.
I created this crayon roll by looking at pictures and hoping for the best. I didn’t know if it would turn out at all, so I made it out of an old dress shirt with a hole in the pocket. So this is a fancy upcycled crayon roll.
I plan to eventually try another one, and will use interfacing (which I didn’t know existed when I made this one), and am going to try this tutorial: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2007/04/25/on-a-roll/
For the next one I made (not pictured, but made before my discovery of interfacing), I used an elastic band instead of ribbon to tie it closed, since my child can do it herself much sooner. If I can get quicker at making these (and make my seams straighter), I might make these for birthday gifts for my kids’ friends. Oh, sorry if this ruins a surprise for someone.