Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Contain those Crayons!

Whew, it's been busy! In between the house building mishaps {oh yes, there have been a few}, errand-running, preparations for recital, and the usual, I have tried to squeeze in a little craft time. It's been nearly impossible, but a necessity. You see, I made some very sweet little dance necklaces for my tappers {stay tuned for pictures of those later}. My only concern was an adorable little boy who happens to be in my class. I just couldn't see him super excited about a necklace, so . . . craft time to the rescue! Surely I could find something to make him as an end of the year gift.
How about a Crayon Keeper? I love these things. Several years ago I made a couple for my older girls, and they still use them regularly. I like to use wool felt. It makes an already simple project, super easy peasy.
Anyone ready for a tutorial? I know, it's been awhile.
Here we go!

I use three pieces for the keeper. Two that get sewn together initially, and one for the outside to cover up threads and such that you don't want showing.

A project just isn't a project without a cute little applique embellishment.

Side note: Our class is dancing to "Sea Cruise", so I think this little fishy will be perfect!

I was in a bit of a hurry {shocker, I know}, so I didn't sew the fish on. I just used my handy dandy Steam A Seam 2 and ironed it right on. It's not goin' anywhere!

I suppose you could just attach the third piece of felt to the outside using a sewing machine {or even iron it together with Steam A Seam, but I love the way embroidery floss and a blanket stitch finishes it off.


And the inside, with all those gorgeous new crayons!

Now, find a coloring book, and you've got the perfect gift for any child on your list!

I plan on making more of these soon! :)


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Kelli @ RTSM said...

Liz that is too adorable! I'm sure he will love it! I have been wanting to make some of these for my boys forever, but I just haven't gotten around to it! I think you have inspired me though:)

MomBrose said...

That is fantastic! Now can you explain how to make a blanket stitch?? :) Steam a seam?? I NEED some of that! I do applique on my baby blankets all the time!

Kelli said...

I love it! I love how you included the little fish and the bubbles. That little guy is really going to love it.

Rhonda said...

What a perfect solution to the "boy" in your group! Great job, love it!

J.J. said...

I love the little fishy!!!!!!!

Foursons said...

So cute and perfect for long trips!

Jenny said...

Too cute!

~~Mel~~ said...

Love it! you have talent my girl!

He & Me + 3 said...

Those turned out so cute. Great job. love the fishy.

Becca said...

That is adorable!!! Great work!!


Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

so cute! love the colors!

Brenda said...

what a cute idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing! You have a wonderful blog!

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Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so cute and clever!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the color combination and the fish! said...

Aww, that is so cute! I love the fish. =)


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