Wednesday, May 2, 2012

coloring on the go

I've spent a lot of time sitting in front of my sewing machine this past week. It feels good to be creating again and Kinsley is already making a list of the things she "really needs" made for her and her dolls. I'm trying to squeeze in as much sewing time as I can right now while I'm feeling the urge without burning myself out. I made a couple tote bags and crayon rolls for a couple sweet little girls I know (that aren't mine).

Tote Bags

Ignore the super tall grass, with all the rain we've had it has just been too wet to mow. But aren't these bags fun? I just love simple little tote bags like these, we always have several hanging around the house. They are great to grab on the way out the door and perfect for the kids to load up and haul around. In fact, I think I'll whip us up a couple more specifically for library bags. Our current library bag isn't quite wide enough and now Kait is big enough to want her own to carry.

Butterfly Tote

Patchwork Tote

Patchwork Tote 2

I adore this patchwork fabric and have been waiting for a good project for it. It jumped out at me when I was starting these bags. I think it was a good match. I made the crayon rolls out of matching fabric so there would be no questioning which roll went with which bag, and which girl.

Crayon Rolls 3

Crayon Rolls 4

Crayon Rolls 5

I love love love making crayon rolls. They are such a quick and fun project and every kid always seems to like them. There are a ton of great tutorials out there to make your own. Prudent Baby has a great tutorial which is just like how I made these only I make them just a bit smaller to hold 12 crayons. I've found that gives the girls plenty of different colors to use without having to worry about a ton of crayons while we're out of the house.


  1. Lovely projects Amanda :-) I love the bright colours you have used. And what a great idea for keeping kids busy when out and about!

  2. Thanks so much. They really are great for traveling. I'm making one for my oldest that is a bit taller to hold her colored pencils or markers. She's getting "too big to color with only crayons". :(

  3. Mellissa Ybarra5/3/12, 11:57 AM

    My lucky girls are going to LOVE them! You are so talented. :)