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This "Crayon Roll" holds 16 crayons (I've used Crayola crayons here) and will likely please any child who receives one!

I'm following the directions provided on the "Chocolate on my Cranium" blog right here. If you scout around, you'll find a number of different plans and directions for crayon rolls, but this one is fairly easy and attractive.

By the way, my child's "School supplies" list noted that they needed "American Crayons" -- which I guess means Crayola? If you're loading your roll with crayons, just keep that in mind!

Here it is, all rolled up! I was wondering how big it would be once I added the 16 crayons, but it's still small enough to fit in a small person's hand!

Note the ribbon used to tie the roll -- I forgot to include it in most of the assembly pictures, but it's easy to add.

Required fabric -- Three 5" by 13" cuts of fabric, One 5" by 13" cut of fusible interfacing, and about 24 inches of ribbon.

I got some quilting sqares on sale -- you can make a bunch of these out of a yard of fabric!

One fabric piece is your "pocket" that will hold the crayons, another is the "outside" that will be seen when you roll things up, the third is the inside that sits behind the pocket.

To start, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the "inside" piece (the one behind the pocket). That's the gold water drop piece in my crayon roll.

Next, fold your "pocket" piece in half the long way -- you'll end out with a piece 2.5" by 13". The fold will be the "top" of the pocket, the raw edge will be at the bottom.

Attach the folded pocket to the right side of the inside piece. Align the raw edges along the bottom. Pin things together and sew along the edges of the pocket. DON'T SEW ALONG THE FOLD!!!!!

When you get to a corner, leave the needle down. Lift the presser foot and rotate 90 degrees to position yourself for the next side. The needle down and presser foot lift arm on the 930 were helpful here! When you reach the end, lock your stitch in by backing up a stitch or two.



A this point, you've sewn along all three raw edges of the pocket. It's attached to the right side of the inside piece of fabric. The rear side of this piece is the fusible interfacing.

Next, let's draw our lines to mark our sixteen crayon pockets. Place these lines 3/4 of an inch apart.

I cut a "template" out of an index card and made it 3/4 of an inch wide. I then used it to mark the lines for the pockets. You may have to tilt your monitor at just the right angle to see the light blue lines I traced.
Next step, sew along these lines!

I didn't want to lock in a stitch, sew a line, lock it in, cut it, reposition, start over, etc. So, what I did was lock in a stitch, sew a line, leave needle down, rotate 180 degrees, sew back along sewed line, sew along the bottom to the next line, leave needle down, rotate 90 degrees, sew up next line, repeat, repeat, repeat.

The plan was that I would have one long continuous stitching line. It would back over itself at the pocket divisions. I was okay with this; I figured it would make the divisions stronger anyway.

If you look at the extreme left side of the photo, you can see the fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the gold bubble inside piece.

You can see my "double stitched" lines -- they're extra dark. Note the long string tail hanging after about the sixth pocket. I got confused and accidentally stopped the stitch!

Had to start a new stitch ... and then had to pay close attention so that I didn't do it again!

Keep this up -- up and down, to the side, up and down, to the side, till you reach the end of the "pcoket divisions". Sew up the side, then lock the stitch closed.

Here's my pocket side all completed.

Next, you want to take your remaining piece of fabric -- the "outside" piece. Line it up with your pocket/inside pieces; match wrong side to wrong side.

We're going to sew along the edges, then clip the corners and turn the assembly inside-out (be sure and leave a 2 inch gap along the side so you can turn the piece!)

However, before you do this, make sure you set your ribbon inside the two pieces. I forgot to include a picture of this. Fold the ribbon in half; position it against the middle of one side and leave about 1/4 inch of ribbon hanging outside the sandwich of pieces. Most of the ribbon will be inside your "sandwich" -- be careful that it doesn't stray close to the edges or you might sew it down!

I pinned the two pieces together, matching wrong side to wrong side. I then sewed along the edges. I made sure to sew the edge with the ribbon -- but I left a 2 inch gap along the other edge.

Now, clip a notch off each corner. This'll make it easier to push out the corners when you turn the piece.

Now it's time to turn the piece. I reached inside the gap and began pulling things rightside out. Not how you can see the fold of the purple ribbon sticking outside the edge.

Pull everything through the gap. Use a point tool to press the corners out.

The result will be ...
Pretty slick! Once I had the piece turned, I slip-stitched the gap closed, then pressed the piece (especially the edges) so that it would lay flat.

Didn't have a crayon handy at the time, but the marking pencil fits the pocket pretty well!

And here's the completed piece all loaded up with crayons!

It took me a little longer than most to complete this -- being that I kept stopping to take pictures and all -- but I've seen people suggest 20 to 30 minutes to complete one. You could probably speed that up if you cut several at once.

I saw another version that used a piece of felt for the pocket -- that meant you didn't have to fold anything. I think I'm going to make a few more versions -- including a taller one for colored pencils.

You can make similar projects to hold other items -- for instance, "Matchbox" cars, paintbrushes, tools, etc.
And how did the Bernina 930 do? Well, this was a fairly simple project -- but the 930 did everything I asked it to without any balking.

The machine is incredibly quiet, the stitches are perfect, and the feed worked fine (even when only one feed dog was in play). Can't ask for much more than the machine not get in the way. It had a very solid feel to it -- the machine wasn't moving or swaying. The machine wasn't going to be part of the problem! (I've already got that job filled!)

Bottom line -- if you're craving a vintage mechanical Bernina, you could get by with a 730 or an 830 ... but your friends will really envy you if you have a 930!


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