Thursday, December 3, 2009

Place mat crayon roll - Tutorial

Here is a simple sewing project perfect for a stocking stuffer. Purchase a place mat at the dollar store.

Trim the tassels off the edges.
This place mat was about 12 inches tall. I folded the top edge down about 2 inches. Then the bottom I folded up about 3 inches. You may have to experiment with your folds based on the size of your place mat.

So you should end up with both sides being folded in, like the picture below.

Now fold the bottom half up again for your fold/pocket to store crayons in about 3/4 of the way up.

Check your spacing with a crayon as a guide.

Add an elastic loop to the left about 10 inches long. Double elastic and tuck into fold leaving about 4 inches exposed.

Sew both side seams up. Check to make sure elastic is secure. I stitched over it a few times to make sure it was really secure. Add pins for spacing for crayon placement and sew away.

ta-dah, finished product!

All rolled up and ready to go!

The inspiration for this dollar store craft was this thrifted ikea place mat I cut in half and folded one time. I also added some cute ribbon to it. These will be accompanying us to the airport soon as we travel and will hopefully keep the kiddos happy during our travels!

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