Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Travel Art Kit

So I thought I would try writing my first tutorial / pattern. I designed this art kit, because Breanna likes to color anywhere, any place. I love this project only uses scraps and makes a great present for kids. Please leave me a comment if any of the steps are unclear.
Here is the pattern. Just cut out the pieces to the correct dimensions as the pattern is not to scale.
I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

1. Trim the corners off the interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the front cover.
2. Optional: Use wonder under and a zig zag stitch to attach an intial to the front cover.
(that's a whole other tutorial!)

3. Fold the pencil pocket with right sides together and stitch down one side of the pocket.
Turn right side out and press.
4. Fold the handles with right sides together and sticth down the sides.
Turn right side out and press.

5. With right sides together sew down the long side of the crayon pocket. Optional: Sew small ric rack into the seam. Turn right side out and press.

6. Fold notebook pocket in half with right sides out and place the pencil pocket as shown. Sew down left side of pocket and baste around the edges.

7. Fold the inside panel in half and lightly press. Unfold. Lay the crayon pocket about one inch from the centerfold on the left side and sew in place. Baste edges, leaving the top (ric rac side)open.

8. Starting 1 1/4 inches in, mark every inch using a water soluble pencil or pen. Sew down lines to create the pockets for the crayons.

9. Measure and mark every 3/4 of an inch on the pencil pocket and sew down to create the pockets for the pencils.
10. Line the notebook pocket up with the right hand side of the inside panel and baste arond the outside edges.

11. Place rubber band in the center edge of the panel and place handles 1 1/4 inches on either side of the rubber band. Baste into place.
12. Baste handles onto opposite side.

13. With right sides of the front cover and inside panel together sew all the way around the pieces. Use a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave about 4 inches open to turn. Trim corners, and turn right side out.
14. Press edges. Sew opening closed.

15. Sew large button onto cover.
Fill with goodies!
The art kit holds 10 crayons, 7 colored pencils and one 6 x 9 notebook (found at Target or Dollar Tree)
Hope that wasn't too difficult! Would love to hear feedback if you give it a try. Have fun!


  1. The gift that keeps on giving! Aubrey L♥VES her travel art kit and so do I. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think I may need to try my hand at making one for my niece's b-day in April. We miss you guys. We should do a play date soon.

  2. Okay I have all my pieces cut out except I forgot to buy interfacing!! Darn! I'll let you know how it turns out.