Crayon Pouch Tutorial

 

 

 

 

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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!

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Supplies Needed:

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1) piece of wool felt (10″ x 4″)

2) embroidery floss or thread to match felt

3) needle (or sewing machine)

4) scissors

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)

8) ruler

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!

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1) Fold up bottom edge of felt about 2 1/2″.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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5) You can trim the top (un-sewn half) with pinking shears or regular scissors if you’d like.

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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.

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7) Add any ‘flair’ to the front flap you’d like.

8) Insert crayons.  Wrap hair tie around pouch to secure.

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Ta Da!  You did it!  Now, just don’t forget it the next time you’re heading out to dinner. 🙂

Tutorial: How to make a Tutu

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This all started with a tutu for my best friend’s daughter and turned into lots of tutus for sale and gifts.  They are so easy, I want to show you how you can make your own!

Supplies:

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1) Piece of sturdy cardboard cut to size (12″, 10″ or whatever size you want!)

2) Tulle on 6″ wide spools (I got mine from Nashville Wraps because I was making a lot of them and there are so many colors to choose from!  You can find tulle on spools at most craft supply or fabric stores though – usually in the decorations or wedding section)

3) Ribbon (most any will do, but I prefer sturdy grosgrain in the 5/8″ size)

4) Scissors

5) Fray Check (Optional- I use this on the ends of the ribbon to make sure they don’t fray with use)

Are you ready?  Here we go!

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Here’s my piece of cardboard.  The long side is 12″.  You could use this to make a skirt that is 12″ long or 6″ long.  We’ll explain how that works a little further down…DSC_0061

Tulle and the cardboard, ready to wrap.

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My little helper checking to make sure I’m doing it right. 😉

Wrap the tulle around the cardboard.  For a baby size tutu that is 6″ long, I generally use right around 25 yards of tulle.  If it’s longer (say, 12″) you’ll need more tulle.  For bigger sizes, you’ll obviously need more tulle.  I would suggest getting one more spool than you think necessary, just to be sure.  There are lots of fun ways to use the left overs!

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Normally I would wrap the whole spool around the cardboard.  Here I just wrapped a little for these pictures.

Cutting the tulle off the cardboard.  If I were making a 12″ long skirt, I would just cut one end (as shown below).  This gives me a whole bunch of pieces all cut to 12″ – easy!

If I was making a 6″ skirt, I would cut the tulle off both short ends of the cardboard.  In this case, I would have a whole bunch of 6″ pieces all cut to size and ready to go.

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I’m switching up colors now so you can see everything better.  Normally I would use white ribbon, but that’s just me.  This pink is super cute!

This little demo is made with 6″ pieces of tulle and a tiny piece of ribbon.  Measure the little lady you are making your tutu for to get the base size and then double it.  Then you’ll have plenty of ribbon for a big beautiful bow when you tie it on!

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Alright, here we got with the actual tutu making.

I start by folding the ribbon in half and put the first piece of tulle there, then work to the right.  Once I’ve put a bit on the right, I go back and work from the center to the left, keeping it all centered on the ribbon.

Taking one piece of tulle, fold it in half so the cut edges are even.

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Holding the tulle in one hand and the ribbon in the other, put the tulle under the ribbon with the cut edges away from you.

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Pull the cut edges through the loop that is closest to you – enclosing the ribbon in the tulle.  (The next few pictures demonstrate)

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Pull tight.

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And even tighter!

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One down- a whole bunch to go!  It actually goes very quickly and the repetitive motions are very relaxing.

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As you wrap the tulle on, make sure everything is tight and close together.

Finish by putting a nice end on the ribbon and sealing it with Fray Check.

Here are some finished ones so you can get a better idea of what they look like when they’re all put together.

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You did it!  Hooray!  Enjoy and let me know how it went!

(Big thank you and photo props to my husband!)