Hey everyone! I have been such a slacker with the blog lately! I’m sorry! I finished this project a couple of weeks ago and I just couldn’t get myself to write the post about it. Those of you who have blogs yourselves know how much work it is to write a tutorial and for some reason I have been in kind of a funk lately! But I am resolving to get out of that funk starting tonight!! Crafting is supposed to be fun right?! I plan on finding some fun new inspiration and jumping right back in!
Tonight though, I am going to show how to make these adorable Crayon and Notebook Wallets!! A friend of mine found a photo of something similar and asked me to make a few of them for her kids for Easter. I was happy to make these for her.
You will need:
(2) pieces of fabric for the main part that are 6 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches
(1) piece of Iron on interfacing for the main part that is also 6 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches
(2) pieces of fabric for the notebook pocket that are 4 1/2 inches by 6 inches
(2) pieces of fabric for the crayon pocket that are 3 inches by 6 1/2 inches
(1) piece of coordinating fabric for the decorative strip on the front that measures 4 inches by 6 1/2 inches
(1) piece of sew on velcro that is 3 inches long
Now be aware, I made these wallets to fit this specific notebook. So if your notebook size is different you will need to adjust the sizes a bit.
To begin, iron the interfacing to the back of one of the main pieces of fabric. Then, take your fabric for the decorative strip and fold both sides into the middle and iron down. Flip it over, place it on the good side of the other main fabric about 2 inches in and pin down.
Sew a seam close to the edge down both sides.
Now we are going to start sewing the pockets. Take both pieces of fabric for the crayon pocket and place them good side to good side and pin. Sew a 1/2 inch seam down one of the long sides. Take both pieces of fabric for the notebook pocket and place them good side to good side and pin. Sew a 1/2 inch seam up the long side, around the top and back down the other long side.
Iron the seam down on the crayon pocket.
Now flip both inside out, push seams out and then iron. For the Crayon pocket sew a finishing seam down the same side you already have a seam. For the notebook pocket, just sew a seam along the top short side that already has a seam.
It is time to start sewing it all together. Take the main piece of fabric with the interfacing on the back and place it good side up. First pin the crayon pocket onto the right side with finishing seam facing the left. Does that make sense? Then pin the notebook pocket in very center of the fabric. Be sure that the unfinished side lines up with the very bottom. This will leave a small gap at the top.
Sew seams about 1 1/2 inches apart horizontally through the crayon pocket. This will create the slots for the crayons.
You will need to now sew a seam very close to the edge on both long sides of the notebook pocket.
Now check to make sure that your notebook will fit.
At this point its time to figure out where you would like the velcro placed. I folded my fabric around the notebook and marked where I wanted the velcro.
Remember, one side of the velcro will be sewn to the right side of one main piece of fabric and the other to the left side of the other main piece of fabric. Pin it down and sew around all 4 edges of the velcro. I sewed around it twice to make sure it was really secure. You could always wait to sew the velcro on after you have the entire wallet sewn together but I wanted my velcro seams to stay hidden and not show through on the back side.
Ok, place your two main pieces of fabric good side to good side. Be sure that the velcro is on opposite ends. Pin and sew a 1/2 inch seam all the way around leaving a small 2 inch opening so that you can flip it right side out.
Flip right side out and iron. Sew a finishing seam all of the way around being sure that the fabric from the small hole is tucked in.
Thats basically it. Sew your decorative button on the outside, fill it with crayons, and let your kids enjoy!! XOXO