I have a fun crayon holder diy tutorial to share today! This uses up old jeans and pretty new fabric, though you could easily upcycle a woven shirt to use as the accent as well. We do a fair amount of traveling but have never tried one of these for coloring on the go, so I’m hoping they will work out well. They’d be easily to personalize with applique or favorite fabric, and take maybe 30 minutes to sew from start to finish, making them great quick gifts!
I included this in my master list of handmade stocking stuffer ideas to sew; go check that post out for more inspiration!
I’m sharing this crayon holder diy as a part of Underground Crafter‘s Little Gifts Sew Along! There are 25 free sewing projects being shared all year long that are perfect stocking stuffer gifts. There are prizes for sewing along too, check out all the details here!
I sewed a tote with a crayon holding element a few years ago and the measurements were all off, it looked super wonky in the sample photo and my finished bag was no different. Rest assured, I sewed this in 4 different ways to make sure it was functional and double check my math!
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Crayon holder diy
- Fat quarter of cotton fabric – I used old prints from Cotton + Steel
- 1 pair of old jeans
- 1/4″ elastic – I used a metallic version
- Acrylic quilt ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Marking pen
- Coordinating thread
- Cut 7″ piece of elastic
- Cut 1 piece of woven cotton that is 17″ long & 6.5″ tall. Be mindful of your print and how it will look folded in half, lengthwise!
- Cut 2 pieces of denim that are 17: long and 5.25″ tall.
Step 1- Press all fabric pieces nice and flat. Fold the cotton piece in half, lengthwise, and press, laying on the right side of the denim. Start from one side marking out 1/2″ and then 1″ from that marking, until the end when you will have another 1/2″ left over. stitch on these lines, taking a few stitches back and forth near the folded edge.
Step 2- Loop the elastic in the middle of one short side, with a little overhang so it doesn’t slip. Sew right along the edge.
Step 3- Layer the other denim piece right side down, sandwiching right sides together. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 4-6″ gap somewhere on the top or sides where it is only two layers of denim.
Step 4 – Pull the holder right side out through the gap, press the raw edges in. Press the entire project and topstitch around the edges, and you’re done!