I am always looking for ways to simplify my life. As the working mom of 2 busy kids with a husband who owns a restaurant, we are always busy. One of the things that used to fall through the cracks were birthday parties. I was always forgetting we needed a present and we had to run into Walmart or Target on the way to the party. This mad rush always meant spending more than I wanted to and usually resulted in a less than creative present for the birthday child. Pencil rolls to the rescue!
Last summer I found this WONDERFUL tutorial to make crayon rolls at Skip to My Lou. The 7-8 year old girls are all into drawing and coloring, so this seemed a great gift. However I felt they might think crayons were a bit babyish, so I altered the pattern to accomodate colored pencils. I found the pencils on sale for $1 at the back to school sales. I figured we usually attend 6 - 8 birthday parties/school year, so i bought 10 boxes of pencils, just to be safe.
The pencil rolls are a HUGE hit! Everyone wants them and the moms are super impressed with my "superior" sewing skills. If they only knew how easy their were to make. Just follow the crayon tutorial, but adjust the size of the fabric pieces to 16" x 9". You will then have 15 spaces for pencils. 12 for colored pencils, 2 for regular drawing pencils and 1 for a Happy Birthday pencil.
I make 4 or 5 up at a time when I have a free Saturday afternoon and we always have a ready to go birthday present. Birthday party present stress alleviated!
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