All kids love to draw and color, so here’s a great crayon marker organizer that will keep your little artist’s studio neat and tidy. Its roll –up design makes it perfect for keeping permanent markers, paint pens and even dry erase markers conveniently tucked away in a desk or drawer.
- Babyville Boutique® Chevron PUL 7ʺ x 13ʺ - 2 pieces
- Babyville Boutique Floral PUL 8ʺ x 13ʺ - 1 piece
- Babyville Boutique White FOE, One package
- Babyville Boutique Pliers and Size 20 White Snaps, 1 set
- Babyville Boutique Label
- Mark-B-Gone™ Disappearing Ink Pen
- Dritz® 1 ½ʺ Ball Point Pins
- Dritz Fray Check™
- Omnigrid® Ruler and scissors
- Markers of choice
1. Cut PUL to measurements in supply list. Cut the two FOE pieces and set them aside.
2. On one chevron PUL piece and using the 7ʺ edge as a side, sew a label on the right side of PUL in the lower right corner. I usually place it about 1½ʺ from each edge. Set this outer chevron piece aside.
3. Fold the floral PUL in half lengthwise to measure 4ʺ x 13ʺ and topstitch 1/8ʺ from the folded edge.
4. Position the folded PUL on the right side of the inner chevron PUL piece, aligning the raw edges along the bottom and sides, creating a pocket with the folded topstitched edge as top of pocket.
5. To create the pocket sections, use the ruler and Mark-B-Gone pen and mark vertical lines 2ʺ from each edge and then 1½ʺ from each line, meeting in the center.
6. You should have a total of 7 marked lines across the pocket.
7. Starting from the top edge of the pocket, stitch along the marked lines making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of stitching. It is best to start in the center then work toward the edges.
8. After stitching down all the lines, you should have 6 stitched sections. Trim thread trails.
9. Position the outer chevron piece (with corner label) facing down. Make sure label is on bottom corner. Place the chevron/floral pocket piece on top with the pocket facing up. Make sure the pieces are aligned, then pin together along the edges, skipping the corners. Tip: Using 1½ʺ size 24 ball point pins works best.
10. Using a glass or corner template, mark a curve on all 4 corners, then trim with scissors. Pin corners.
11. With the pocket section facing up, use your machine’s longest stitch length and baste all around 1/8ʺ from the edges. Make sure you don’t stitch over the pins. This can break a needle and damage your machine.
12. Use the ruler and mark the center on each side of the organizer. You can use either your Mark-B-Gone or a pin to denote center point. This is the marking for the FOE closure placement.
13. At the center mark, pin the 3ʺ piece of FOE on the inside of the organizer, and the 6ʺ piece on the outside, matching all raw edges. Make sure the two FOE pieces are perfectly aligned with each other on the outer and inner sides. Stitch to secure in place and backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to secure.
14. To bind the edges of the organizer, use the remaining FOE and fold it over the basted edges starting on one side and not on a corner. Make sure you have enough FOE to go around, but do not cut FOE at this time. Set your machine to a wide regular or three-step zigzag to attach the FOE. This will also secure the FOE strap closures in place.
15. At the end of stitching, overlap FOE ½ʺ and finish stitching, backstitching at end. With the FOE folded, bring the remaining FOE end to the inside of the organizer.
Set machine to a straight stitch and stitch across the folded FOE close to the inner edge of the binding FOE. Trim FOE and seal raw edge with Fray Check.
16. Use Fray Check to seal the raw edges of the FOE closure strips.
17. Fold the raw ends of the 3ʺ FOE closure under ½ʺ. At the folded end of the closure, use an awl to pierce a hole to insert the snap. The snap should hold the fold in place but you can also use a straight stitch on this.
18. Place the cap on the folded back and the socket on the front side, then attach using the Babyville pliers.
19. Repeat folding to the underside and piecing a hole on the 6ʺ closure. Place the cap on the front side and the stud on the folded back.
20. That’s it! Your organizer is ready to neatly hold your markers.
21. When you want to store them, just roll it together and fasten with the snap closures.
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