Sunday is my friend Jace’s birthday. He’s going to be 6 like me. For his birthday present I decided to make him a marker roll because he likes to draw.
My mom and I have made these to hold crayons, fat markers and skinny markers. My mom was thinking she might make a version of this for my sister to hold her matchbox cars in. Really it could work for a lot of different items.
This is a project that requires a sewing machine. You could hand sew this but it would take quite a while.
For this project you need
markers (we’re using skinny ones)
fabric (two colors)- when you go to the fabric store they often have precut squares of cotton called Fabric Quarters or Fat Quarters that are made for quilters. That’s an easy way to quickly pick up a couple pieces of fabric that go nicely together.
hair band (elastic band)
Iron both pieces of fabric well before starting. It’s really important to be careful with the iron. My mom helps me with the iron because it’s pretty dangerous.
Measure and cut your fabric to 10 inches by 12 inches- you can use your first piece as a template to cut your second piece. My mom and I have a self healing cutting mat with measurement marks on it and a rotary cutter that make things really easy but if you don’t have that just use a regular ruler and scissors. It’s important to cut very carefully on this project if you want all your markers to fit.
pin the right sides together (in sewing when the directions say “right side” they mean the colored or pretty side of the fabric)
leave about a 4 inch gap at the bottom for turning your piece inside out.
Along the 12 inch side you are going to place your hair elastic. This will become the holder for keeping your roll closed. Measure 4 inches from the top of the fabric and slide and pin your elastic inside the two layers of fabric with about half an inch or so sticking out. (this part will end up on the inside when you’re done. You want the larger part of the elastic inside with the right sides of the fabric- does that make sense?)
Now it’s time to sew this up. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (seam allowance are the words used in sewing for how far in you measure and start your stitch) start stitching at the beginning of your opening point. Use a backstitch for strength after you make your first few stitches.
Most sewing machine feet are about 1/4 inch to the edge. That’s what I use as my guide. I just keep the fabric right next to the foot of the machine and it stays really nice and even.
stitch all the way around leaving that gap for stuffing in the middle of the bottom.
To turn your fabric you sew almost to the edge. Stop. Raise your presser foot. Turn. Lower your presser foot and continue on..
Here’s some pictures showing that series of moves. Don’t just try to rotate the fabric while your stitching, it won’t look very good unless you want curved edges (which could look cool too)
off you go!
When you get to the hair elastic you need to move very slowly, this is tricky! I pinch the hair elastic with my fingers and press it right up into the bottom of the foot. I then sew it really slowly and then backstitch over the elastic to add some strength to the stitch.
Now that you have the piece stitched you want to lay it out flat, trim the threads from your stitches and then clip the corners very carefully. Clipping the corners make your corners look a lot nicer once you get it turned right side out just be careful you don’t go over the stitch line!
Now turn your piece right side out and iron it flat making sure you gently turn the extra fabric inside that is part of your opening.
opening with fabric pressed inside
Now it’s time to stitch it again! This is called top stitching and gives your piece a finished look and strength. Use that same 1/4 inch seam allowance you used before.
Once you’re done topstitching you can lay your piece out with the side you want eventually facing out down and fold up the flap. You want the flap to be about 4.5 inches up. That gives you enough space for the markers with the lids coming out from the top.
Start on one end and stitch from the folded side up along the topstitched line. Backstitch at the end of the line where the green and blue meet in the above picture) so the markers don’t rip the pockets open.
stitch lines all the way down the piece starting on the folded edge and backstitching at the top every time. I spaced mine 3/4 inches apart and it fits 11 skinny markers. You could also do 1 inch and it should fit the fat markers. Just try your marker first before you stitch a bunch of the lines! (that would stink if it didn’t fit!)
Once you have it stitched all the way across clip all your excess threads off, insert your markers, roll up and you’re ready to go!
I think Jace will like this very much and I really enjoyed making it for him. Handmade gifts are the best!!
Thanks for reading and Happy Sewing!