Sharing over at Military One Click today!
Do ever feel like one of “those moms”? The ones that are always pulled together. They always have a diaper bag with them filled with diapers, extra clothes, bottles, a snack and maybe even some entertainment for older kids? I usually don’t feel like those moms. It seems very basic but even after 3 years of carting around baby stuff, I seem to frequently forget the diaper bag. Or if I do have it, it somehow doesn’t have any diapers in it, let alone extra clothes or entertainment. Is anyone else like this, or is it just me?
Well, we went to lunch a few weeks ago, and when we walked in the hostess handed my son a packet of crayons and a paper to color. A light bulb went off. Why don’t I have crayons in the diaper bag for occasions like this? Because they would be loose and probably fall out and be lost forever or melt all over the car. So, here is my solution. A crayon pouch!
1) piece of wool felt (10″ x 4″)
2) embroidery floss or thread to match felt
3) needle (or sewing machine)
5) hair tie
6) 4 crayons in your kiddos favorite colors!
7) marking pen (this one is specially made for fabric but a regular pencil or colored pencil would also work)
A note: If you’re doing this by hand (which I highly encourage!), lets leave our ‘perfectionist selves’ at the door, ok? Handmade is imperfect and that is a Beautiful thing – and all the more special for the little one you are making it for.
Let’s get started!
1) Fold up bottom edge of felt about 2 1/2″.
2) Mark 1/4″ from the left and right edges. Then mark a line 7/8″ from the left mark, then 7/8″ from the right line and then one in the middle of those (7/8″ from each line). Hopefully the picture will help make sense of all these words!
3) Sew up these lines (from the folded edge up) with a running stitch. Start with the middle line and work out to the edges.
4) When you get to the top of each line (the edge of the fold) be sure to go over the edge with a stitch to hold it down.
5) You can trim the top (un-sewn half) with pinking shears or regular scissors if you’d like.
6) Position the hair tie on the middle sewing line on the back of the pouch. Tack it down to this line of stitching with several stitches.
7) Add any ‘flair’ to the front flap you’d like.
8) Insert crayons. Wrap hair tie around pouch to secure.
Ta Da! You did it! Now, just don’t forget it the next time you’re heading out to dinner. 🙂