She’s still doing it, folks. My sister Whitney is still churning out awesome stuff on, like, a twice-weekly basis. She hasn’t hit a sewing wall yet. Her sewing machine hasn’t been sitting neglected for weeks at a time. This woman has found her thing. She can whip out these crayon wallets faster than you can say, “That is the cutest thing I have ever seen.”

No joke.

My heart breaks weekly from these Sistershare posts. I mean really, how cute are little crayons in fabric pockets?

crayon wallet

Also, I’d like to know why I didn’t get the contrasting fabric matching gene.

Crayon Wallet

The facts, straight up:

Pattern:  Crayon Wallet from Vintage Market
Size:  one size
Fabric:  Stax matryoshka fat quarter pack from Walmart
Notions:  basic grosgrain ribbon from JoAnn
Difficulty:  Easy
Make it again?:  I think I’ve made about 17 of these by now.

Crayon Wallet

Her words:

“First, if you are willing to shop at Walmart and haven’t checked out their sewing section, you should.  There are some gems in that handful of aisles:  consistently cheap interfacing, D rings in packs of four, and occasionally a decent fabric.  If you find these fat quarter matryoshka packs, pick them up.  I know a few sewists that would pay you over retail for them.  That said, the quality of the fabric is subpar.  It definitely is not quilting quality.

I searched the web thinking someone would have to offer a free crayon pattern/tutorial and nothing I found fit the bill.  I wanted a bifold where the crayons would lay sideways so they’d be less likely to slip out.  I didn’t think that was a terribly tall order, but there wasn’t anything free out there and I didn’t exactly feel like reinventing the wheel.  So I bought a pattern off Etsy.

These go together quickly and I highly recommend cutting enough to do several wallets at once.  They make great small gifts (maybe for a newly crowned big sibling?) and everyone loves brand new crayons.  I bought my crayons on sale for 50 cents per pack at Target during their back-to-school sale.  I found the unlined notepads at Staples.  Not including your time, you should be able to make each wallet for under $3 apiece.

The pattern doesn’t offer any variations on closures, but use your imagination.  I’ve done these with a large button and elastic closure and also with just a simple elastic band that stretches across the long side of the wallet.  It would also be easy to sew in a small fabric tab and use velcro or a snap to secure.”

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  1. I just bought this exact fabric to make a Nintendo 3DS XL case! I may piggy back off your design if you don’t mind! Adorable!

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