My daughter loves to color! Other than reading or playing outside there’s nothing she would rather do. Since my husband lost his job, we’ve been doing a lot of traveling (because what else do you do when you don’t have a job to go to every day), and I’ve wanted an easy way to transport crayons and coloring books. Enter the crayon roll!
I rummaged through my fabric stash for some choices, and she chose this lovely orange print – her favorite color. For the inside I found a pretty vintage calico, handed down from a friend’s mother, and added the turquoise ribbon to make the color pop.
I’ve seen these rolls made with ribbons to tie them closed, but I wanted something easy that I didn’t have to close every time she was finished coloring. With little ones, simplicity is key! So instead I used a button and rubber band – easy to open, easy to close, and fun to look at on top of it all.
Here’s the finished product:
She loves it! And I love it – it keeps the crayons neat and she can do it all by herself. 🙂
Here are a couple more I made as baby gifts:
customized with the recipient’s first initial
Christmas gift, anyone? My crayon rolls sell for $16 each, including 24 crayons, or $14 without crayons (much easier to ship if needed). You pick the colors and boy or girl; I’ll pick the fabrics and put it all together.
Next up: rolls to keep up with even more things – matchbox cars and other toys, and even makeup brushes. And a crayon roll that comes with a pad of paper, so you don’t even have to take along a coloring book!
I’ve needed lots of burp cloths lately – mostly around here since my little man is a big spitter-upper! But also for friends who are having babies. They make such good gifts because they’re functional but also fun, and a little fancy. My favorite burp cloths are the ones my friend Melanie made for me. I had so much work to do as I waited for the little guy to arrive, I didn’t have time to make anything for him myself! Until recently:
I had a little time on my hands one day, and some fabric scraps in front of me, which almost always spells something creative! I added the elephant first, but thought it needed another color to offset the orange. So I found a little piece of teal velveteen – just enough for a G. It makes me happy to have finally made something fun for my little guy!
I also made a burp cloth this week for a friend who just had a baby. Caroline suggested a turtle, and helped pick the colors. I actually think this might be my favorite burp cloth yet!
These are fun and easy to make, and the possibilities for color combinations and fun fabrics are virtually endless. And they make for great gifts. Here are a few more examples of other ones I’ve done over the years:
Personalized for a baby girl.
More fun animals.
Coordinating set makes a great shower gift.
Presentation is key!
Lots of options
Posted in Baby Things, Burp Cloths & Bibs
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