Crayon Caddies!

Happy Holidays all!
About this time of year I like to whip up a bunch of these crayon caddies for my daughters friends.  She loves to pick the fabrics and the past couple of years she was able to help with the sewing which makes it more fun for us both!  There are a gazillion tutorials out there.  Here is how I make mine.
You will need:
 
Two coordinating fabrics cut 10 inches by 12 inches.  (I found mine here by my fabric designer crush, Monaluna.)
Ribbon
Ruler
Put your two cut pieces right sides together, pin and sew up two shorts sides and one of the long sides. (Usually prints that can go any direction are best.)  Clip the corners where you have sewn to make it lay flat when you turn it.  Turn inside out and poke those little corners.  I use my super fancy rouge chop stick, everyone should have one!  Press.  On the open side fold it in about a half an inch.  I eye ball this because children are not all that concerned about the evenness.  However, if you would like, you can use the disappearing ink pen and mark a straight line to make sure it is even before folding in.  Press.
Open side to the right (or to the left if you made it all upside down… which I have done TOO many times to mention) fold over the bottom about 3-3.5 inches to create the pocket.  Slip the ribbon, folded over, into the open side and pin.  Sew both long sides up.
 
Now mark the outside of the flap in one inch intervals with your ruler and disappearing ink pen.
 
Sew those up and you are all DONE!  Should take about 30 minutes or so.
Darling stocking stuffers or class gifts for preschoolers. Birthday party favors are another favorite for these! Perfect for all those little scraps hanging around! Can be made for markers, pencils, etc.  Once you make one you can adjust it as needed.
My daughter is not satisfied with just six color choices so I make her bigger ones.  Just cut your fabrics 10 inches by 20 inches, sew up TWO long sides and one short side with the right sides together and mark the crayon pocket lines with the pen at 1.5 inches instead.
You can do that for sure!  Easy Peasy!
Happy sewing!
Jodi

Organic Mod Basics Stripe Blanket

A couple of weeks ago I got a TON of new fabrics in for the fabric shop. Over 40 new organic cotton prints from Birch Fabrics had arrived and I was in FABRIC HEAVEN! Even my five year old ‘helper’ was giddy with the prospect of so many mix and match possibilities!

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Understandably, I was eager to get to work right away, but first, I had to find a place to put it all! Once it was stored, photographed and posted for sale in the shop, I had one of those quiet, nocturnal sewing sessions that, when they go well, makes it much easier to tolerate dragging my tired behind through the following day. I had pinned this little ‘lovey’ on Pinterest and now used it as inspiration.

I adjusted the measurements as I was using considerably less then the 12 prints she did and I was making a smaller blanket, as opposed to a quilt. I backed mine with this incredibly soft organic fleece I have in the shop; super buttery soft.

I cut SIX 1.5 inch strips of the organic cotton white. I cut them to the length of the fabric.

I cut SIX 4.5 inch strips of each of the prints I wanted to use. In my case two strips of each Dottie, Abacus and Solid.

I cut ONE 9 inch strip of the Elephants from Ellie Farm.

I put them in the order I liked and started to sew the white strips to the prints.

I pressed as I went, because that’s how I sew, but have heard from many experienced quilters you can skip that part until the end if you prefer. I kept sewing until I had the whole top assembled.

Once complete I folded it in half each way and used my large ruler to make all of the edges even and straight. Once the top was complete I laid the organic bamboo batting on the work table (use the floor if you don’t have a large work surface), laid the fleece (fuzzy side up) on top of it and then placed the top of the blanket face down on top of those. Pin. I did a rough cut with my trusty sewing scissors around the edges. Since you have made the edges of your blanket straight and wonderful (right?) you can use the edge of the blanket top as your guide while stitching.

When I sewed them all together I left an 18 inch opening and sewed around the rest of the blanket. Once the sewing was complete I took my large ruler and cut all of the edges down to 1 inch from the seam and then trimmed the corners. I turned it right side out, using my super high tech….orphan chopstick… as a poker to make the corners square and pressed it firmly all the way around. Once all was pressed I top stitched around the top edges and along the print side of each strip . The end result is a kind of modern, cheater quilt in a fraction of the time of a traditional quilt. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like faster better. 🙂 The thing I love most about this type of blanket is it can be broken down into smaller increments of time if, like many of us, you are only able to work in half hour sittings. It’s also quick and easy just to pick up where you left off.

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If you need more instruction, or courage, to give this a try there are a gazillion blanket tutorials out there if you Google but here and here are two that generally have the same idea.

Tutorials aren’t really my strong point so if you have questions just ask. 🙂

Happy crafting,

Jodi

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