Thursday, September 20, 2012

Easy on the Pocket Crayon Wallet Tutorial

Hello fellow crafters! I've teamed up with Imagine Fabrics to bring you a most fabulous tutorial with some even more fabulous fabric. A special thanks to Imagine Fabrics for supplying me with this adorable fabric from the Kumari Garden Fabric Collection by Dena Fishbein. The owner of Imagine Fabrics has been lovely to work with, so please mosey on over to her shop and check out all the beautiful designer quilting cottons she has in stock. We will each be doing a crayon wallet giveaway tomorrow... that's TWO separate giveaways, which means double your chances of winning a crayon wallet of your own!

When I was pricing these to make as party favors for my daughter's birthday party, $1.50 per notepad added up really fast, so instead I pulled out my paper cutter and quartered 10 sheets of copy paper to give me a nice little stack for each crayon wallet. And that is why I call this the Easy on the Pocket Crayon Wallet! This wallet is sized just right for us economical moms on the go. Run out of paper? Don't have time to run to the store to buy another note pad? No problem! All you have to do is yank some paper from your printer and cut more :)  Forward march to the tutorial...


Outer Shell: cut 1, 7" x 10 1/2" rectangle of quilting cotton, *stabilized with fusible interfacing
Inner Lining: cut 1, 7" x 10 1/2" rectangle of quilting cotton
Inside Pockets: cut 2, 7" x 7" squares of quilting cotton
Tab Closure: cut 1, 3" x 3" square, *stabilized with fusible interfacing
Snap or Velcro closure

*Note: you only need to use interfacing for quilting weight cottons. If you decide to use canvas or heavy weight fabric, you may omit using fusible interfacing.

Step 1: Cut your pieces. Use a rotary cutter and cutting mat if you have them to ensure nice, straight edges. Otherwise, measure carefully and cut your pieces with scissors. Here are all the pieces:


Step 2:  Stabilize the back of your Outer Shell piece with fusible interfacing. Set aside.

Step 3: Make the tab. Stabilize the back of your 3" x 3" square piece with fusible interfacing. Fold in half and sew the top and side using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving bottom open. Clip corners, turn right-side out, press and top stitch. Set aside.

Step 4: Make the pockets. Fold the 7"x 7" square in half and press with hot iron. Repeat for other pocket piece. On only one of the pocket pieces you will use the iron to make creases to indicate stitch lines for your crayon dividers. So on one pocket, fold in half again and press. Now measure 1 1/2" from your center line and make another crease to the left of the center crease. Repeat for third crease on right of the center crease. You should have three crease lines on one of your pockets.

Step 5: Attach the pockets. Lay each pocket on the right-side of short ends of the Lining piece. Make sure the pressed folded sides face each other, and the unfinished edges are flush with the Lining edge. Pin in place and stay-stitch along the sides of the pocket using a 1/8" seam allowance. Now use your crease lines as guides to stitch the crayon dividers.

Step 6: Attach tab. Center the tab on the center crease line of the crayon pocket. Stay-stitch in place using an 1/8" seam allowance along the edge.

Step 7: Attach your fastener. Whether you are using a snap or Velcro, it is easiest to attach before sewing the outer shell and lining pieces together. On one short end of the Outer Shell piece, position your snap or Velcro piece centered and measure 1 1/2" in from the edge. Attach or sew in place (on the right-side of Outer Shell fabric).

Step 8: Lay the Outer Shell piece and Lining/Pocket pieces right-side together (Snap/Velcro of Outer Shell should be on the opposite end of the tab). Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around entire rectangle, leaving a 2 1/2" opening for turning at the bottom of a long side. Clip corners and turn wallet right-side out. Press well with hot iron, folding in the opening and pressing flush with the wallet edge. 

*Note: Take care not to iron over snap or Velcro.

Step 9: Finish the wallet by topstitching around the entire wallet using a 1/8" seam allowance, closing the 2 1/2" opening. Attach the opposing snap or Velcro piece on the tab.


Step 10: Cut the paper, add some crayons and you're good to go!


♥  Fantastic Job!

Video Tutorial compiled by Imagine Fabrics


  1. Pinned it! I've made trifold ones before, bit this is almost too easy! In a good way!

    I follow you because of Emily Lunt. I can't remember if she knows you personally.

    I usually see you on Google Reader, but clicked through in order to pin today, and read your little Google Bio and laughed and had to say "hi".

  2. I pinned it!

    You are way high wicked cool.

  3. Thank you sooo much! I just finished doing this for my 6 year old niece! It was not as hard as I thought. (my 2nd sewing project, ever, lol!) It looks more intimidating to a beginner than it really is! Thanks again! I love it, and she will too! <3

  4. What kind of interfacing did you use?

  5. @Natasha Lloyd - I like to use Pellon Fusible Mid Weight. You could also use Fusible Fleece if you prefer a plusher look :)

  6. I made this using the fleece and quilted it. Its adorable. I have people asking for me to make them. This is a great pattern and gift. I may try a coloring book sized one...thank you.

  7. I love this as a travel idea. Somehow it's too difficult to get the kids to put them back in the boxes in the car. This would be a great alternative!

  8. Thank you for that tutorial! I am just a beginner and that is just perfect! My daughter will love it!