When given the opportunity to sew something up from the bundle, I chose the Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake.
Eliza's third birthday is coming up, and even though she has full confidence I'll be making the bike she's asked for (moms can make anything, right?), I thought I'd stick with something simpler.
This is the kind of project that doesn't take a lot of fabric or time, but has lots of possibilities for adding details and will be useful for a long time.
I started by taking Eliza to JoAnn with me to pick out fabric. She chose the coral polka dot first, and we looked for a coordinating printed fabric. She really really wanted cupcakes, but we couldn't find any to match. She saw the balloons and squealed. Perfect!
Fortunately I had all the other materials needed -- velcro, thread, batting, and interfacing.
Several years ago I made crayon rolls as gifts for two friends' little girls. I used a tutorial I found online that included measurements.
Using Gingercake's pattern was so much easier. I mean, I'm capable of using my mat and ruler, but when someone does all the work for me so that all I have to do is cut out the pieces? Excellent.
It gives me more time to embellish. I added the "E" applique to the front and used ric-rac trim around the edges.
My high school best friend's little girl was born two days after Eliza, so I made another one to give as a gift. The pattern also includes instructions for a bonus mini-crayon roll. They'd make the perfect little gift or to keep in a purse or bag for doctor's visits and such.
I've got a couple of tips if you sew one up:
- A walking foot would be useful. I was grateful for mine. Once all the layers of interfacing, fabric, and batting are sandwiched together, the whole thing is pretty thick around the outside edges when topstitching.
- Decide on direction. Instructions are included for how to make directional fabric face up and down, if that's what you choose. It doesn't take any more fabric if you follow the instructions -- it's just adding an extra seam. I chose for mine to go the direction of a book. Why? I don't know.
- Lastly, watch those outside seam allowances. If you narrow them around the crayon pockets, you'll limit the number of crayons that can fit in the outside pockets. (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything. ;)
When I gave Eliza her folio, she immediately sat down and started drawing pictures for everyone. Then she gave me a huge hug and thank you. The boys both requested their own folios. I'd consider that success!
Other folks have been sewing up plenty of examples from the pattern bundle! Here's a list of bloggers so you can go have a look-see, if you're so inclined.
You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it's over, it's over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.
(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy's Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Terra's Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.