embroidery,  handmade,  kids,  sewing,  toys

A kid approved gift


In this day and age, children seem to have it all: dolls that speak to them, bears that know their names, crazy cars that do back flips, robots that double as pets….amongst many other amazing toys that my generation didn’t have. You can understand why searching for a birthday gift could be a little frustrating!

Luckily for me, the adorable little lady that is about to turn 3, likes creativity just like her siblings…and her mom hinted at how much her older siblings had loved a gift that I made for them 2 years ago: Crayon rolls!

These rolls are a lot of fun: They’re not too difficult to make and are easy to personalize if you want to spend a little more time thinking of that little person.

crayonholder2-croppedFirst step:

Come on, personalize it!

You’re making something hand made! It doesn’t take that much longer to add a few finishing touches!

I chose to embroider birthday girl’s name onto it along with a teddy that would tie the front to the patterned fabric i’d use in the inside.

Notice I also used simple letters; nothing worse than confusing a 3 year old learning how to read with fancy handwriting! (Save the fancy stuff for the older kids).


You’ll need five pieces total.

2 large rectangular pieces of of the size you choose the roll to be.

2 small rectangular pieces for the holding of the crayons (these were about 1/2 the width of the large pieces).

1 large 1.5″ wide piece for the ribbon that will hold it together.

You sew the long side of the two small rectangles together and press (trust me, press, it takes a few extra minutes, but makes it so much easier for you!)

Then you put all pieces together: if you’re embroidering,ย  remember where you’re putting the tie!!

And here is the finished gift! Pair it with a few coloring books and it should be a good entertainment tool forย  a three year old when they can’t go out because it’s cold/raining out!



  • craftyangie

    Thanks Andi! Hee hee hee…Everyone keeps on saying that I should go on Etsy…but you know me! Since I don’t have a lot of free time, I only tend to make things for those that I love. Maybe some day, some day…

    I personally LOVE that these things can be so versatile! Before you move, I’d like to see if i can take pics of the blue one that you got ;-). See you soon!

  • AnnaB

    I second the etsy recommendation (not just because I’m lazy and can’t embroider) Think of the money ๐Ÿ˜‰ Imagine if you don’t do a rollup for older kids, you could make a crayon purse/duffel bag!

  • craftyangie

    Thanks Anna! I definitely wish I could put stuff on Etsy (extra income, from hobbies, would always be helpful)…sadly, time is always short.

    Too many fun things to do, and only 24 hrs in a day!

  • federica

    Dear angie
    thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words! I am happy my english-italian translation is useful (most of the times it’s not an exact translation though, more of a “meaning” translation!) and I just wanted to congraturate you for the lovely crafts you make, like this super cute crayons holder ๐Ÿ™‚

    hugs federica