7.28.2008

How to make a crayon holder for boys

As you can tell from my fabric selection, I am not showing you my bandana apron (that's for tomorrow). Instead I am veering into a new and mysterious world: crafts for boys. It is a scary place for me (having two girls myself, I feel completely lost when it comes to what boys like), but I'm willing to go there, because it is for my two favorite boys - my nephews. 
 
Apparently they thought my crayon apron was a pretty cool idea, but were not interested in actually wearing one

Aprons are for girls after all. I needed to come up with something that accomplished the same thing (crayon/marker holder), but did it in boy style. Something that said, "Sure I like to color, but I'm also tough!"  
 

When my husband suggested making something that looked like an ammo-holder chest strap (I have no idea what they are called, but hopefully by seeing the finished product you will see what I mean), I knew that he was onto something. Plus, you can't go wrong with camouflage.  
 
I began by cutting 3 pieces of fabric, and then covered them in the Iron-on Vinyl (the coolest craft product ever invented - I talked about it more here).  

Don't tell my nephews, but I used a girl scout sash as my shape inspiration. My third piece of fabric is just a narrower version of the other pieces. 
 

I wanted the crayons to slide through on both sides, so I cut the smaller piece even narrower with pinking shears (no hemming the edges!).


Then I began sewing 1" spaces for each crayon to slide through. 


The finished product included 12 crayon slots. 


Using double fold bias tape, I finished the sides (but not the tops and bottoms) of the two strap pieces. 


At this point, I layered them over each other, right sides together, and attached them at the top and bottom. 


I made this pattern up as I went along, so it isn't perfect (I wish it had 16 slots for the crayons), but all things considered, I think it turned out well. Very boyish. And tough. 


My daughter wasn't too enthused about modeling it, though: "But mom, it's for boys!"
  
I guess I accomplished my goal.


22 comments:

Julie said...

Seriously Awesome! Guess what'll be on my Christmas to-do list now?!

TaLaisa said...

That is fantastic! My boys would totally love wearing something like that, very very cool.

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

This is wonderful. I have made them roll style with fishing fabric. But this over the shoulder concept just plain ROCKS! :)

Krista said...

Kristin, you have completely OUTDONE yourself!!! YOU GO GIRL!! This is AWESOME!!!! (Can you tell I'm from the World of BOY!?) =) WOW!! I cannot wait to show this post to Blake & Beau (who are away, at the moment, shooting their airsoft guns . . . YES, definitely a different world than the GIRL world!) They are going to completely LOVE your (& Kevin's) idea . . . the shoulder style is very boyish and OH, THAT CAMO . . . SO TOUGH . . . you can NEVER go wrong with CAMO, girl! You amaze me . . . seriously!! If you could only hear me now . . . I'm SO excited about this, I'm sure you can only imagine the noise level!! Okay, I'll try to calm myself down now . . . LOVE IT!!! The boys and I will be back for another visit shortly!! =)

Krista said...

BTW, G is such a good sport to even model it! It would be like pulling teeth to get the boys to model anything girly! =)

aimee said...

that is awesome! my girls would like that. my two youngest are soooo boy!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Another excellent project Kristin! So orignial and very Boyish! My nephew would love it.

Krista said...

Aunt Kristin,
That is really cool. Can you please tell G & C hi for me?
Love, Blake

That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! WHOO-HOO!!! Beau!!!

Kay-Lynn said...

Kristin,

I love your website and found you by way of Krista. I grew up with Kevin, Krista and Kimberly.

Anyways, I hope you do not mind I added you to my blog (could never figure out how to add your blinkie). I love your ideas and crafts and I know my friends will as well!

julie said...

You are so creative! Keep it coming! Julie

Jess said...

That's wonderful. Only if I had a sewing machine!! LOL

Lacy said...

Love the tough guy version! :) Hey, I gave you a blog award! Stop over and pick it up and pass it on if you wish! Your super.

muralimanohar said...

Okay, 1. Stop waving that iron on vinyl in my face...I have no idea if it's over her, or how to even FIND it over here, and I am DYING of lust!! And 2. That is the COOLEST THING EVER!!!! OMG!!! Abso-freaking-lutely BRILLIANT!! I am so stealing that idea for future use. :p

Tricia said...

Ingenious! My nephews would love something like that!

Randi said...

Wow! It is just one great idea after another over here! My boys are a little too old for this, but I think this would make a great b-day present for some of their younger friends.

Sisterly Love Card Co said...

That turned out great. Iron on vinyl? I will have to go buy some of that and try it out. Thanks for the tip!

Nicole said...

Thats awesome. What little boy would not love it? Heck, I would love it, can you come up with one for scrapbook supplies ??? Your are so creative, I am loving your blog and all your great ideas!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is wayyyy cool! This was my first visit here and found so much inspiration. My son would totally dig the camo....as would my dh. Those toile bloomers are sooo stinkin cute. I will be back for sure. cherry

Mrs.RGS said...

I never know what to do for my grandsons -- this idea is totally great. Thanks for sharing with us.
Rita

aimee said...

hey girl, i am sending you an award for your blog! check it out on my blog.

jona said...

Brilliant!!! My boys would go ga-ga over that!

Recovering Sociopath said...

WHAT a cool idea.

By the way, I think the word you want is "bandolier." Here is a link to the GIS: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=bandolier&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

Very, very cool.