Rainbow crayon roll

When I send baby gifts, I like to include something for the older sibling(s). So, after I finished the baby jacket I posted about yesterday, I made a quilted crayon roll-up.

Photograph of closed crayon roll from top end

My inspiration for the design was rain clouds and rainbows. One side is a gray linen-cotton blend (Robert Kaufman’s Essex linen in Steel) and the other side is a strip-pieced rainbow that begins and ends with red. It ties closed with a blue grosgrain ribbon.

Photograph of partially-rolled crayon roll, showing several crayons and the exterior of the remainder of the roll

Using the quilt-as-you-go method that I used for the blue and yellow baby quilt, I quilted the rainbow strips onto the gray linen, with some cotton batting sandwiched in between. Then, I added the crayon pocket, stitching at even intervals to make a separate space for each crayon. Finally, I bound it using gray cotton, being careful to catch the midpoint of the ribbon in the binding at one end.

Photograph of open crayon roll up, showing rainbow-striped exterior and blue closure ribbonPhotograph of open crayon roll up, showing crayons and gray linen interior

Originally, I had intended for the gray part to be on the exterior, but I realized that if I made the exterior gray and the crayon pocket gray, very little of the rainbow would show. So, before it was too late, I switched the pocket to the gray side. The rainbow side shows when it’s rolled up, and when it’s open, the crayons supply plenty of color.

Photograph of closed crayon roll, tied with blue grosgrain ribbon



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  1. Pingback: Red, white, and blue baby quilt | Analog

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