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Saturday, November 10

Crayon Sushi Roll Tutorial

* This tutorial has appeared in HomeGrown Parenting In the North

Throw away all of those ratty boxes and keep these art sticks neat and organized. Great for throwing in your purse, in the car or tucked away in your art box at home. Easy to make and a creative birthday favor!




What you Need

  • 2 x 0.5 meter of coordinating fabrics
  • 0.5 meter of flannel (or Pellon fusible fleece)
  • 1 coordinating hair elastic
  • 1 button
  • Needle and thread
  • Disappearing ink fabric marker
  • 15 crayons

Cutting the fabric

1. Cut out all 4 pieces of fabric: 
  • 2 pieces for “Outside” and “inside” – 5 x 16 1/2 
  • 1 piece for “Pocket” – 6 x 16 1/2 
  • 1 piece for “Lining” – 5 x 16 1/2 
2. Fold “Pocket” fabric in half length-wise and iron flat.
3. Lay out “Lining” and place “Inside” on top with wrong side down.
Note: If using fusible, iron by following instructions of package.
4. Add “Pocket” on top of the sandwich, lining up all bottom edges.
5. Pin at the both ends.
6. Mark the mid-point of the pocket with a fabric marker.
7. Use a straight edge and mark the middle line.

8. Draw a line at every inch, working from the middle out.

9. Straight-Stitch your drawn lines only on the “Pocket”. Don’t stitch the edges yet. Make sure to backstitch for durability!
10. Clip any loose threads.

11. Stitch down elastic on the right edge of the crayon roll, between the “Pocket” and “Inside” fabric panel. Make sure to stitch over the elastic several times to ensure its placement.

12. Lay the panels right sides together and pin in place.
Note: Make sure to tuck the elastic inside both panels as to not accidentally stitch it to the outside of the crayon roll.

13. Stitch with a ¼ inch seam, starting at the end without the elastic and leaving a 3 inch opening to allow to turn the roll right side out.
14. Clip your corners.

15. Turn right side out and poke out corners. 
16. Press all the edges flat and tuck in the edges of the opening.
Note: if your marker pen locks in with an iron, wet the pen marks first to allow them to disappear before you iron.

17. Hand stitch the hole closed.  
18. Topstitch at ¼ inch seam for a clean, finished look.

19. Add crayons into pockets.

20. Roll your project closed and gently stretch the elastic to where a button should be placed. Mark the area to allow for button placement.
21. Firmly attach a button.

22. You’re done!

November Blogshare and Tidbits

I was looking for a current list of Christmas parades around Ottawa, Ontario (found it!) but accidentally found a FANTASTIC blog written by a local mom called Postcards from the Mothership.

Great layout, beautiful pictures and interesting to boot! Swing on by and give her a test drive. You won't be disappointed!

Today we're off to the CHEO dreamhome to visit where hopefully one day I'll live. I adore Orleans, but give me a free home and I'll move to Manotick. :) We're also doing some much needed yard work and the kiddo's been begging us to put up Christmas decorations - so gingerbread house and Christmas lights in 4 degree (Celsius) weather.

What's next on the docket? As you know, I've been CRAZY BUSY for the last 2 years. Let's break that down shall we?
  • Surplussed from my Government Job, demoted and therefore still searching for work
  • Working on my website to help brand myself: (shameless plug:
  • Working on volunteer design projects to help update my portfolio and pull away from the VERY governmental look of my work.
  • Took on an EBook and now I'm illustrating a children's book to push my boundaries.
  • Wrote sewing tutorials for a magazine in a northern Ontario green parenting magazine.
  • Bibmababy really took off for a while, and I was having difficulty keeping up. Brought another mom on board to help stock the store (shameless plug:
  • Decided to not make one,... but TWO full size quilts for my sister and mother.. but not without getting sidetracked by numerous crib-sized quilts for friends. I have a hard time staying focussed.
Because of the fact that my life is just scattered for the last few years, this blog hasn't been very consistent. I'm still trying to find a point to all of it considering it started at a a hub for family members to catch up on how we were doing with our little Kate. After I started sharing diaper reviews and tutorials, let's just say it took off in a different direction. I'm hoping that in the new year I'll finally know what the point of this whole blog is - otherwise I may just shut her down. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions... and I'm ready for a steady pace of life.

Until then - you'll have to bear with me. :)