Pencil rolls are a compact way to store and carry pencils. When rolled up, they take very little space, and so easily fit into a handbag, ready to bring out and amuse the kids when out and about.
One of their ongoing projects is making pencil rolls, using the Sewing School tutorial. It's very easy to follow and enabled me to use up some scraps of fabric with kids' themes. It didn't take long to whip up 10 pencil rolls.
During the photo shoot, however, was when I realised there was a problem. The elastic was too loose to wind around once, and on some, too tight to comfortably wind round twice. The tutorial suggests using a large hair tie, but also gives instructions for elastic. Using a variety of elastics I had on hand, I followed the directions to a tee (or so I thought).
The type of elastic is obviously important, but I couldn't see any mention of this in the tutorial. The standard ¼" elastic was the worst. It mightn't look too bad in the photo above, but it's hard to wind twice and just hangs loosely when wound once. The yellow, two photos above, works OK wound twice. It's stretchier than the white.
In retrospect, I should have thought about the different stretchiness of elastics. I've found this often enough with waist elastic on kids' clothing. Hat elastic probably would have been a better option, as it's more like hair ties.
When reading back through the Sewing for Charity Australia document outlining the current projects, it does state thin elastic or a hair tie. It pays to re-read everything before starting!
And yes, I know I should have made one pencil roll in its entirety, and checked sizes, before I made anymore. But hey, what could go wrong with a simple pencil roll... LOL!!! Lesson learned... till next time.
Pencil rolls are one of those projects that tick a lot of boxes...
- easy sewing for those times when I want a quick finish
- great for using up scrap fabric
- feel good sewing for charity
Even though I was disappointed with the final result, I've still popped them in the post and sent them to Sewing for Charity Australia. Maybe they'll find a quick fix to the problem, or maybe they'll be able to use them as is.
I will be making more pencil rolls, but I'm not sure about the closure. I'll experiment to find a solution that works for me. The following tutorials have a variety of options to think about...
- Make a Colored Pencil Roll - Sewing School - large hair tie (I followed this one)
- Pencil Roll Tutorial - You Go Girl - hair tie + button
- Colored Pencil Roll-Up Tutorial - Blooming Poppies - twill tape tie
- Crayon Roll Tutorial (for Markers) - Life Sew Savoury - fabric tie
- Burlap & Lace Pencil Roll - Sew Can She - lace + button
- Pencil Roll (A Christmas Tutorial) - Live Love Sew Pattern Co. - fabric tie
- Pencil Roll Tutorial - Create in the Chaos - ribbon or bias tape tie
- Felt Tip / Pencil Roll Tutorial - Sew Scrumptious - ribbon tie
- On a Roll (Crayon) - Skip to My Lou - ribbon tie
- Make a Pencil Roll in 10 Minutes - KidSpot - cotton tape or ribbon tie
- Pencil + Notebook Roll Tutorial - The Barefoot Crafter - ribbon tie
- 10 Minute Pencil Roll - My Poppet Makes - cotton tape or ribbon tie
- Roll Up Pencil Kit - Martha Stewart - shoelace tie
- DIY Leather Pencil Roll Case - Instructables - leather tie
- Pencil and Notebook Case Tutorial - Ava Rose - ribbon tie
- Pencil Roll - Brother Inspires - ribbon or fabric tape tie
- Pencil Roll Tutorial - Wispy Threads - elastic + button
- How to Sew a Padded Pencil Roll - Ginx Craft - elastic + button
If you've ever made pencil or crayon rolls, I'd love to hear your experiences.