First Sewing Project! Crayon/Paper Booklet

I recently got a sewing machine, which is something I've wanted for a few years… and it even came with a couple sewing classes! My very first sewing project is a little crayon/paper booklet that I made for Monkey, because he loves coloring, and we'll be traveling a good amount for the holidays. I have seen all those crayon rolls around Blogland, but I wanted something that held paper too, so I followed this tutorial that I found online. I also picked up some Twistable Crayola colored pencils, and let me tell you… those things are magical! I picked up some brightly-colored fabric from Hobby Lobby, and got to work.

I didn't take pictures along the way because I had no idea what I was doing, but here are a few things I learned along the way… If you've been sewing for any amount of time, you probably know this already, but I didn't!

  1. You have to do a lot of prep work before you can start sewing. It made me sad.
  2. I had some serious issues with the iron-on interfacing I bought. I ended up having to buy a new iron because the steam function on my 8-year-old one has been broken for a few years, and then instead of making the protective cloth damp in the sink, I ended up using a spray bottle. It worked much better, and the dampness was much more even.
  3. If you want to put a strap on the outside for a snap, velcro, etc., make that decision first. I thought about doing a velcro strap after I was all done, and couldn't do it. But that's OK, because this is easier for Monkey to handle by himself.
  4. Pinning the binding would have been super helpful, and my binding probably wouldn't have been nearly as wonky.
  5. If you're not sure how to do something, look at several tutorials and combine them! I didn't read the instructions for the binding carefully, and since she assumes you know how to do it, she didn't take a ton of pictures. So, where the two ends of the binding meet is even more wonky than the rest.

But it doesn't matter, because Monkey loves it. Seriously loves it. You can tell from the pictures that it's been all over the floor (cat hair) and that he's colored several pages. The other day, he asked me to draw: Paper towels on a table, his high chair tray, Jesus, and Jesus' fingers. It was really sweet!

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