Monday, November 29, 2010

Lil' Kid Crayon Caddy Tutorial...

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! I'm flying home later today from California. I can't wait to get home and put up a few Christmas decorations and sit down at my sewing machine and whip up a few projects for presents. Speaking of presents...

Remember these?
A week or so ago I made these adorable Crayon Caddies and mentioned a tutorial would be forthcoming. I decided to post the tutorial this week hoping the hoop-la of Thanksgiving weekend would be over, and you might have a little more time to work on a sewing project. This project is perfect for a Christmas present for the little boys and girls in your life! It is a project designed for the beginner sewer, so don't be shy! I took a gazillion pictures for clarification and I hope the instructions are easily understood! Here we go...
Materials needed:
Outside cover:  1 - 11"x15" cotton fabric 
Lining (contrasting fabric): 1 - 11"x15" cotton fabric
Handles: 2 - 3.5"x11" cotton fabric
Crayon Pocket (double thickness): 2 - 4"x11" cotton fabric
Paper Pocket (single thickness): 1 - 5.5"x11" cotton fabric
Stamp Pocket (contrasting fabric): 1 - 4.5"x11" cotton fabric {Note: In the process of writing this tutorial I used the word "Stamp Pocket" and "Sticker Pocket" interchangeably -- sorry! They are one and the same.}
Fusible Interfacing: 2 - 11"x15" (for outside cover and lining); 2 - 3/4"x11" for handles
Velcro: 3" strip
Note: Use 1/2" seams unless otherwise indicated.

Now for the fun stuff... Please note there is a corresponding photo to each Step for clarification. Click on the photos to enlarge them and see them more clearly!

Lil' Kid Crayon Caddy

To begin: Cut out all your pieces...
Making the handles:

Step 1: Take both "handle" pieces and iron them in half lengthwise. Then take the raw edges of the handle and turn them into the middle fold just ironed.

Step 2: Insert a 3/4"x11" fusible fleece piece into the fold of each handle and press -- adhering the fusible fleece to the fabric. 

Step 3: Sew along the folded line and the pressed edge of the handles about 1/4" from the edge. 

Step 4: Press the handles flat.
Making the "Paper" and the "Sticker" pockets:

Step 5: Fold over and press the top edge of the "Paper" and "Sticker" pockets l/4" from the top across the length of the fabric.

Step 6: Fold over again 1/4" and press. 

Step 7: Finish the top edge of these pockets by sewing across fold approximately 1/4" from the edge.
Making the "Crayon" pocket:

Step 8:  The pocket for the crayons is double thickness. Take both pieces of fabric and pin right sides together.

Step 9: Sew down both lengths of the pocket 1/2" from the edge.

Step 10: Trim seams as shown in photo.

Step 11:  Turn the pocket right sides out and press.
Attaching the Velcro:

Step 12: Take one of the 3" strips of Velcro and pin it 1 1/8" from the top of the lining, centering it in the middle of the carrier. Sew. Take the corresponding strip of Velcro and sew it to the bottom of the "Sticker" pocket 1 1/8" from the bottom of the pocket, centering it in the middle of the pocket.
Attaching the Fusible Fleece:

13: Attach the 11"x17" pieces of fusible fleece to the outside cover and the lining with the heat of an iron.
Attaching the pockets:

Step 14: Pin the top of the "Crayon" pocket 3.5" from the top of the carrier lining.

Step 15: Pin the "Paper" and the "Sticker" pockets to the bottom of the lining, making sure to align the bottoms of the pockets with the bottom of the lining. (The "Sticker" pocket goes on top of the "Paper" pocket.)

Step 16: Baste side edges of pockets to the lining about 1/4" from the edge.
Making the individual crayon pockets:

17. Take a ruler and measure over 5.5 inches from the outside edge of the crayon pocket. This should be the exact center of the pocket. Put a pin at the top of the pocket and at the bottom of the pocket.

18. (Enlarged photo of same area.)

19. Take a piece of masking tape and lay it along the side of the pins, making a straight line.

20. Take the pins out and sew along the edge of the masking tape. This will enable you to create a straight line when sewing!
Step 21: Continue this procedure -- measuring, pinning and taping -- to make 1" individual crayon pockets across the length of the pocket. The two individual crayon pockets on each edge of the carrier will be 1.5" wide -- instead of 1" wide. When you sew the lining to the carrier cover with a 1/2" seam it will shrink those crayon pockets on both sides to 1" each.
 Step 22: Sew across the bottom edge of the crayon pocket 1/4" from the bottom edge.
Attaching the handles:

Step 23: It's difficult to see here because of the busyness of the fabrics, but attach the handle ends -- right sides together -- to the top and bottom of the outside cover 3" from the outside edge. Baste the handles to the carrier cover 1/4" from edge.
Hang in there! We're almost done....

Attaching the outside cover to the lining:

Step 24: To round the corners of the outside cover and lining, take a round bottle, line up with the edges of a corner with the edges of the bottle and trace around the bottle. Trim the rounded corner on the line.

Step 25: Pin the outside cover and the lining -- right sides together -- leaving a 3" opening on the side.

Step 26: Sew a 1/2" seam around the outside edges, being careful to leave the 3" opening. Trim seam as shown below.
Finished product:

Step 27: Turn your caddy right side out through the 3" opening. Press seams and sew the opening shut by hand with a slip stitch.

Finished! It probably took you about as long to read this as it will for you to make it!
Have fun creating!

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Kim said...

I am sooo excited to make these for my kids for Christmas! They will make the perfect going to church bag for them!! Thanks!

Unknown said...

I will be making some of these! Thanks for sharing the idea.
Popping over from the bragfest!

Farah said...

Its great Suzane... so much fun to make and it can hold all the mess of kids... very good idea... love to go for it soon
Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed

Allison said...

These are so sweet! I have made the crayon roll, but these are a nice step up. would you come over to Vintage Pollyanna and share them in my Tell Me Tuesday link party?

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, you are so full of awesomeness. These little pouches are perfect for the little ones' crayons to bring with them to church, errands, Grandma's, any number of places...not to mention helping to stay organized. What a great project and thank you so much for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

Allison said...

Thanks for linking up! I appreciate the support!

It's A Priceless Life said...

These are great...they are now on my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration!
I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you get a chance :-)
Shantel @

Renee said...

I just made this for my daughter and it is awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial - it was super easy to follow and your idea is just great.


PaperVine said...

Love this project - and your while blog is filled with fabulous ideas I can;t wait to try!
Thanks for sharing. New follower for sure!

JandC said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I have made 2 as gifts for my son's classmates and they were well loved and very unique! Much better than another toy store toy.

Tammy said...

Love these little crayon totes and hope to make 1 for my daughters birthday. When you say that the paper and sticker pockets are double thickness, does that mean you should cut 2 of them, or cut 1 of each on the fold?

Suzanne said...

Tammy - The crayon pocket is double thickness (sew two pieces of fabric together as mentioned in the directions). The paper and sticker pockets are single thickness and are just hemmed at the top as illustrated in the directions.

Cindy said...

Hi there, Suzanne. I just finished makin gone of these littie beauties and it looks fantastic. Thanks so much ofr the tute. I will be maaking many more of these for the little people in my life for sure. Keep the great ideas flowing.

claire said...

Love it! I have seen these before but your tutorial is the best! I am going to make this for my 2 year old this Christmas. I am also going to make your cosmetic bags for his carers at daycare. Thank you for the tutorials - they are excellent!

claire said...

I love this tutorial - one of the best I have seen for these little organisers. I am going to make it for my 2 year old this Christmas. I am also going to make the cosmetic bags for his carers at Daycare. Thank you for these tutorials!

glassyladyks said...

Thank you for this cute little project. My grand-daughter will be getting one of these.

Unknown said...

This is so adorable! I made one for my daughter, and I know she's going to love it. I did make one big adjustment to mine. See, I'm a newer sewer, so I'm still learning the little tips and tricks to make everything look neat and tidy. I learned, from this project, that sewing velcro can be a pain! So instead, I took a small hair tie and sewed it in before finishing, then added a button to the outside. It turned out great, except it bunches a little at the top. So cute though!

DanishAmericanCouple said...

I am wondering what size paper fits into the paper section. Could a regular-sized, coloring book fit in there? I like the idea that you leave room for paper, since it all can be in one spot. That makes it handy. I just am wondering if I should make it a bit bigger, since I want to fit a coloring book. Please let me know when you get a chance.
Thanks so much!! Super Cute!

Suzanne said...

Dear DanishAmerican -
The paper that I put in the pocket was 4.25" x 5.5". I just cut pieces of 8.5" x 11" paper in half.
- Suzanne

Jackie said...

Thank you so much for the fun pattern. I needed a quick, cute gift and this was perfect!

Nonna said...

Hi Suzanne!
First, I want to thank you for such a wonderful tutorial. You've made this pattern foolproof! I'm currently making this for my youngest grandson as a birthday gift and hoping it will keep him occupied on the plane when his parents take him to Disney World for Christmas. 4 hours on a plane is a long time for a 6 year old to be sitting quietly.

Second, I didn't have any fusible fleece, so I opted for fusing pieces of felt using my Heat & Bond. I haven't reached the point of completion yet (give me about an hour), but I am hoping this will just make the caddy a little firmer.

I can't wait to try some of your other patterns! Keep on creating and inspiring other to do the same!

Crystal said...

I am so excited to have found this tutorial! I am using these as Christmas gifts for my son and nieces! I have a question. I know the pattern says to use double thickness for the crayon pocket. Is this necessary? I have juuuuust enough fabric (found on clearance...can't get more) to make a single thickness pocket. Can I use two different fabrics? Thanks so much for any help!

Suzanne said...

Crystal -- I would use two fabrics of different fabrics. You won't see the one underneath, but it will add the needed stiffness.

Tammy Whitmore said...

I just finished this and it SUPER CUTE!!! I have a hard time cutting out material don't ask I always have issues get it to match up LOL So I took my time measured twice cut once and TADA I did it :) Now to figure out a way to cut out several at one time so I can make a few at a time. anyone have any ideas on how I could do it?

Gay Ferland said...

Suzane, I love your creativity!! I want to thank you from the bottom my heart for sharing your tutorial; you did a lot to creating the pattern! If ever I could pay forward an "act of kindness" to you I would. No address. ;(
Thank you so much again!!!
~Gay Ferland~

Unknown said...

This was so much fun to make! I'm a total beginner, but I followed your directions to the T and it turned out perfectly! These are going to be my go-to birthday gifts this year!