One of the gifts I'm making for little girls in the family is a drawing set. I've seen many versions of the crayon roll-ups and caddies. This design puts it all together and allows the kids to carry their drawing pad with them, along with the crayons or markers.
I had to make a prototype, right?? This one was made with my daughter in mind. She LOVES John Deere.
This one is made so that it folds up to close and has a velcro closure strap. The handles are made of ribbon. The ribbon wasn't double-sided, so I sewed two pieces together for each handle. Her 'a' in the embroidery didn't turn out quite right - and if I was giving this as a gift, I would fix that - but she doesn't care. It was just meant as a prototype, anyway.
Opened up, you can see the pockets for crayons, pencils or markers. On the next ones I make, I will add velcro closures to keep the items in the pockets. The drawing pad is easy to slip out. So if the child uses up all of her blank pages - but not all of her creativity! - you can slide another one in. The hole for the pad was made like a giant, custom buttonhole.
I did put some 'header' material inside the fabric to give the drawing set more structure and stability. Next time, I plan to use chipboard, if I can find it in a big enough piece for each set.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how the set turned out. Honestly, I'm amazed that the first one turned out this well. I guess, for once, I did a fair job of thinking through all of the steps!
I need to make 3 more of these, a car caddy - with an included track, and a fort kit. Lots to do on my day at home tomorrow! :)
Have a wonderful Monday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!