I’ve been spending a lot of time making things lately, and Ella has been a good sport and a great helper.  She hasn’t asked, “Where’s mine?” and is always asking what she can do to help me.  I made some crayon caddies for a friends’ boys last week and Ella patiently (and quite happily) returned the pins to my pincushion as I finished with them.  Since she’s been great — and since her craft materials are out of control — I decided to whip her up a caddy for her markers.

This is based on a the crayon caddy (roll) tutorial found here.  I’ve had this citrus fabric about forever now.  It’s leftover from my “pajama pants — the crazier the better” phase about 10 years ago.  It’s March… spring is hinting at its arrival and I thought maybe a bright, fun pattern was just what the doctor ordered.  The tangerine-colored thread alone was enough to make me want to go to the beach.

For this size of marker, I adjusted the dimensions from the tutorial and added 2″ to the height of each piece and made each section 18 1/2″ long.  Now… if you know me, you will know that my math skills are sketchy.  I get all flustered.  It’s sad, but true.  So the length is not quite right, but it will do.  The thing I did manage to get right — eventually — is the size of the marker pockets.  For Crayola markers, 1 1/2 ” is just right.  You will see that I was adjusting from a larger size at the beginning of the roll and it didn’t work as well.  Perhaps your math skills will help you arrive at the correct measurements.

I think it’s a hit!

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