DIY – Crayon Roll tutorial

Little Tike’s Crayon Roll Tutorial

Next weekend we have a birthday party to attend.  Our friends’ daughter is turning five and we’re celebrating by going to a petting zoo.  I have been racking my brain trying to determine what we should get for her as a present.  I like to try to be unique.  Plus, it gives me an opportunity to get creative.  I know for sure that I am going to make her one of my really cute ruffled skirts, but I wanted to do something else as well.  We have gone on a few dinner dates with this special little girl, and every time her and I spend most of our night coloring.  Each time it seems like we were always limited with the colors we could use.  So I thought that I could make her a little crayon roll she can take with her all the time.

All kids love to color. And if I’m really being honest, as an adult, I still love to color too. It’s difficult to keep all of your little tike’s crayons together. Here is a great method for storing a set of crayons in a way that is mobile. Crayon rolls are cute and portable. They’re great for car rides, road trips, dinner at a restaurant, and craft time at school. Here’s a quick little tutorial on how to make your little tike a crayon roll.

A Tip for you: Go to a $.99 Store and pick up a set of crayons for 20 cents. You don’t need to spend a fortune on your crayons. Also, dig through your scrap pile and find some fun fabrics. This is a project that can help you deplete some of that excess fabric in your stash.

Material Needed:

-1 (24pack) of crayons

-1 (18½” x 5½”) rectangle of the exterior fabric

-1 (18½” x 5½”) rectangle of interfacing or flannel

-1 (18½” x 12½”) rectangle of the interior fabric

-1 Matching button

-2” piece of ribbon or elastic

-Needle

Begin by cutting all of your fabric pieces. First cut your exterior fabric piece. It should measure 18½” x 5½.” Now cut your Interior piece of fabric. The dimensions of your fabric piece should measure 18½” x 12½.” Lastly cut your piece of interfacing. The dimensions should be 18½” x 5½.”

Once you have cut all of your pieces, we will begin assembling your crayon roll. Begin with your piece of interior fabric facing right side up. Measure 5½” down from the top of the short side of your interior fabric rectangle and draw a horizontal line (from one side of the fabric to the other.

It should look like this:

Fold the fabric along this line, right sides together. Lay your fabric down with the slightly larger side should be on top with the fold at the bottom. Now, mark a horizontal line from one side to the other 3½” up from the fold.

Mark parallel vertical lines from this line to the fold about 1” apart along the rectangle Make your first line about ½” in from the outer edge.

Sew along the lines you just marked and backstitch at each end.

Your project should look like this when you’ve finished:

Now fold your fabric. Pull the top raw edge of your fabric down and match the edge with the folded edge. It should cover the lines that you have just sewn.

Time to break out your iron and ironing board. Attach the interfacing to the wrong side of your exterior fabric rectangle.

Next, line up the interior and exterior rectangles right sides together. Before you pin the pieces together, pin your small piece of elastic or ribbon to the right side of one of your pieces of fabric. Make sure the raw edges of your loop are matched up with the raw edges of the fabric. It should look like this:

Machine stitch around the edges of your crayon roll with a ¼” seam. Leave a small opening on the other short side, so you can turn your roll right side out. Make sure that you catch the edge of the elastic loop when you sew that end.

Almost finished! Turn your crayon roll right side out and press it flat with your iron.

Top stitch around the edge of your crayon roll with a ¼” seem. This will close the opening.

It should look like this when you’re done:

It’s all coming together. Time to put the finishing touches. Slide your crayons into their slots. Roll up your crayon roll to determine where you want to place your button.

With a needle and thread, sew your button onto your crayon roll.

Fasten it closed and you’re ready to go. Your little tike is going to love it.

Enjoy!

Not your mama’s rice krispy treats

We all love rice krispy treats. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making them with my mom. To this day, I still love mixing up a batch of those delicious gooey treats. They don’t seem to last very long in our house either. If I’m being honest, most desserts don’t. This weekend I wanted to whip up my version of this yummy dessert. I love the traditional ones, but these are my favorite. I have told you all that I think that peanut butter and chocolate can make the world a better place. There is no better combination. My Rice Krispy Treats recipe incorporates my love of this duo. I thought I might share it with you all. Happy Baking.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 pkg. Miniature Marshmallows
1 cup Chocolate Chips or M&Ms
8 cups Rice Krispies

Directions:

  1. Grease a large baking dish and set it aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and peanut butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.  When mixture is completely smooth, add all of your marshmallows. Stir marshmallows until they have completely melted.
  3. When mixture is completely smooth, remove pot from heat and add chocolate chips and Rice Krispies. Stir mixture with a spatula until all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Scoop mixture into the prepared pan, using spatula to press mixture evenly into the pan.
  5. Refrigerate pan for an hour before cutting into squares.

ENJOY!