Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to Make a Marker Roll

I had my sharpie markers in a cup on my desk. Which was fine if they were to stay on my desk, but I like to bring them with me if I go crafting elsewhere. One day, as I made a crayon roll for my cousin's little girl, I thought, if I make this a little bit taller it would be perfect for my sharpies. So, now, as grown women, we too have have a cute roll to keep our markers! I bet that this would last longer than the marker boxes would inside a desk, and this would be great to carry your pencils or pens in if you make it a bit taller... so I am adding it to our Back To School projects.

three rectangles of fabric all 16 X 7 inches (1 piece for the outer, 1 piece for the lining and 1 for the pocket) (my outer and lining are from the same fabric)
1 rectangle of heavy interfacing 16 X 7 inches
coordinating thread
Elastic hair band
Sewing machine

1.) Iron all of your fabric to get out all of the wrinkles. Iron on your interfacing to the lining piece of your fabric using the directions from the interfacing
2.) Fold the fabric for the pocket in half and press
3. open the fold and place the pocket onto the lining right sides together. Now we are going to make our marks to make the slots where the markers will fit. With a ruler measure 1.5 inches from the end and mark it, than make marks 1 inch until you get to the end and the last mark should be 1.5 inches from the end. I made marks on the bottom and at the fold and than used my ruler to make the straight lines.

4. Sew on the lines that you made stopping at the fold crease.
This is what your stitched should look like.
5. Fold down the top part of the pocket... now your sticks are hidden.

6. Decide where you want the elastic band to go and pin into place(this will be what wraps around the button to hold it in place. You want to make sure the metal part is on the outside of the fabric. I placed mine in the middle at the fold of the pocket

7. Place your outer fabric on top of your lining and pocket right sides together and pin in place.

8. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew around the outside of the fabric, leaving a 2 inch opening.

9. Flip the fabric right-side out using the opening that you left.
10. Top sew the opening closed.

11. Place your markers into the slots

11. Roll it up and pull the elastic band to see where the button should go. Place a pin to mark the spot.

It is hard to see, but I have a pin marking my spot in this picture.
12. Unroll and sew your button on and your done!

Now our markers can go anywhere and not make a mess!


Unknown said...

Love it, Love it!

Auntie Bee said...

oh-so-cool! it would make a great birthday gift for someone whose birthday is at the end of August!!

Michelle said...

Great tutorial...thanks for sharing!

Jenn Erickson said...

Hi Fawnda! Jenn here from Rook No. 17 -- I'm in the process of putting together a Back to School Week and am looking for talented bloggers to guest post their projects. Your marker roll tutorial would be a perfect match! I was wondering if you would be at all interested in guest-posting it during the week of Aug. 1 - 7? Thanks!

Jo said...

hi, i'm very very new to sewing and would love to make this for my niece's birthday. why do we add interfacing? what is the effect of using a different weight of interfacing? if you use heavy interfacing will it feel like trying to fold cereal box card and result in lots of creases?

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