November 11 ~ Reading & Writing

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We have so many great gift choices today for the people in your life who love to read, write and draw. Any of these tutorials will produce a beautiful gift and each one also lends itself to a natural, small addition. You could add a nice set of crayons, colored pencils, a favorite book or a blank journal for a lovely, complete package.
Crayon Roll
Have you seen beautiful crayon and pencil rolls on the internet and in craft books? Cindy gives you easy instructions in her Crayon Roll Tutorial via her blog, Skip To My Lou (which, with a little math, could be easily adapted to colored pencil size if you’re looking for an “older” gift).
Book Cover
Alex shares an easy, sophisticated Book Cover Tutorial via her blog, Moonstitches (be sure to click into Moonstitches for her latest tutorial too… So cute!).
Felted Wool Notebook Holders
Jodi was inspired by our Handmade Holidays to create this Felted Wool Notebook Holder Tutorial on her blog, Jolynncreations. Jodi notes it can be a great project even for young children who want to create something special for their own holiday gift giving.
Jess does it again (remember those cute pincushions?!) with this fun and easy Bookmark Tutorial via her blog, How About Orange.
Notebook & Pencil Holder
Jhoanna of One Red Robin shows how to embellish, personalize and adapt in her Notebook & Pencil Holder Tutorial so you can make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Note Taker

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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80 Responses to November 11 ~ Reading & Writing

  1. Kim says:

    I love the journal covers and need to do one Tuesday- thanks for a great idea 🙂

  2. Hashi says:

    I scaled up the crayon roll pattern to work for a set of 24 coloured pencils (pictured on my blog). I used fat quarters and they turned out great!

  3. I just found this blog and LOVE it. I can’t wait to make the crayon rolls and about 30 other things… Terrific Projects!

  4. Melissa says:

    All of the ideas here are lovely. I am much enjoying the project a day. And many of them are simple enough that even I can attempt them.

  5. Rebecca says:

    luv the crayon roll – very sweet – I’ll have to make it for my girls.

  6. Love these ideas! Thanks! 🙂

  7. Cocoa says:

    Goodie, goodie gumdrops!! is all I can think of to say about the crayon roll and book covers. So adorable!

  8. Lynne H. says:

    These are such a good idea for little hands and for keeping the crayons in one place. It’s a nice change from keeping them in a box or bin that can be noisy in quiet places! 🙂

  9. Kelly says:

    I love the book cover – but then, Alex’s uses of tweed and linen are always so chic. And I’ve been looking for a crayon/pencil roll tutorial!

  10. Samantha says:

    Ooooh!!! A crayon roll (actually a marker roll) for my son was on my to-do list!!! Thank you for the instructions………. This blog helps greatly for a non-Chinese made Christmas………

  11. Jodi of Jolynncreations says:

    I just love everything that has to do with books and notebooks! These are all inspiring! I think I need to move from Christmas to birthdays! Too many things to do for Christmas! Jodi

  12. the crayon roll is too cute!

  13. Rose L says:

    Did anyone find the bookmark paper anywhere?

  14. Alisa says:

    Love the notebook and pencil holder! All of the tutorials are great.

  15. amelia says:

    Moonstitch’s book cover is so cute. i can’t wait to make a few.

  16. layla says:

    I love the crayon roll and bookmark. These are supposed to be GIFT ideas, right? – because I think I have to make these for myself!

  17. Tracey says:

    Jhoanna’s notebook and pencil holder is great fun to make. I have also adapted it for a letter writer by leaving enough space on the pencil side for envelopes to be slipped into and creating an address book and notepaper for the notebook side. Her instructions are very easy to follow.

  18. Veronica says:

    Another great entry! I won’t have enought time to craft everything I like from your posts T.T

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I love this website. Seriously love it. I can’t wait to finish my current project–my first quilt–and move on to the next one!

  20. Gorgeous! I love the crayon roll and the bookmarks

  21. britt says:

    Speaking of bookmarks: I saw some really cool and easy book marks this weekend. Print a foto of pretty landscape or buildings in your area. Put on construction paper. Laminate. Punch a hole in the top middle and then tie some pretty yarn in the hole. I thought the idea was very simple and great for something to send someone far from where you live. I plan on making some to send my penpal in England.
    Just thought that I would share since this goes with the topic but doesn’t really involve sewing. Sorry about that part.

  22. Missy says:

    That book cover looks so great!

  23. Addie says:

    I love these ideas! Now, if I just had time to make each and every one….

  24. Christy says:

    You keep making my sewing to-do list longer and longer! I love the little crayon rolls and they’ll be perfect to keep in my diaper bag!

  25. Ashley says:

    I like the book holder. I could see myself making custom notebooks.

  26. Loopy says:

    I totally just make a crayon roll for my colored pencils! I had seen the Notebook & Pencil set going for TONS of money in retail stores.. and thought, why not make my own!
    I totally wish I had this tutorial then! It would have saved me alot of heartache!

  27. Concha says:

    I love that darling crayon roll!

  28. Louisa says:

    Thanks for all of the great links! I am really enjoying checking them all out and learning about some new blogs. I think that this has been my favorite bunch of tutorials yet. Thanks!

  29. mj says:

    This will be such a great resource to come back to again and again.

  30. adrienne says:

    Amazing! The crayon roll and notebook/pencil holder is on my to do list. Boy, you guys are making that list longer and longer everyday! =]

  31. Elaine says:

    If I don’t get some of these projects done for the holidays, I’ll have plenty to do in the New Year!

  32. Natalie says:

    There is something for eveyone on my list! Thank you so much for inspiring me.

  33. Sandy says:

    I like the crayon roll alot.

  34. azurerocket says:

    love the crayon roll! i am definitely making one!

  35. Letty says:

    Hi, these tutorials are wonderful, can’t wait to get started !

  36. Nicole says:

    i am so excited at the thought of making some of these with my son–i know he would love the process as much as the end result!

  37. anna says:

    Ooooo! I love them! This is my first time visiting, and I do believe I’m hooked! Thanks for the great fabrics, and the links to the fun tutorials!

  38. Meridith says:

    These ideas are ALL so cute!

  39. Amy says:

    More wonderful ideas!

  40. Anna-Marie says:

    Thanks for all the fun ideas. My 9 1/2 year-old daughter is itching to learn to sew and several projects you have posted would be doable for her friends’ Christmas gifts. Now we just have to narrow down our choices!

  41. Ekioart says:

    Cute! I’ve got lots of little kids in the family so those crayon rolls are going to be great ^-^

    Oh and I love

  42. Carol says:

    I love the book cover idea – you could also put a bookmark-ribbon on it. And a pocket for a pencil on the outside. OOOH! How about a combo bookcover-eyeglasses case!?!

  43. nikkapotamus says:

    I just love the little crayon rolls. I’ve had my eye on making one of those for all the traveling we do.

  44. Anna says:

    Thanks for the crayon/pencil roll tutorial. It saves lazy me from looking for one. Love the fabric too.

  45. Becky says:

    I have made several of the crayon rolls as gifts and they are great.

  46. Dian Schwanz says:

    What great ideas you all have come up with! I have been stuck on the Tote’s pages, and have been making the one using dish towels, such fun. Now think I will move on to a Crayon Roll. All I need to do now is find a small child.

  47. dangermom says:

    Oh, I love this day! I want to make all of them!

  48. kirsten says:

    awesome. i’m digging these posts more than i thought i would!

  49. Violet says:

    So many wonderful projects-all in one post.

  50. Laura says:

    I want to make all these for myself! Thanks for this great set of tutorials; the whole month so far has been great.

  51. Ashley says:

    I really like that crayon roll! It is very neat.


  52. Jenny says:

    These are great projects. I just love the crayon roll!

  53. Christy says:

    The book covers are a good idea. I could use some myself on textbooks and schoolbooks.
    And give some to other people as gifts.

  54. Sally says:

    Moonstitches has such a well laid-out tutorial….and a wonderful blog! Nice choices!

  55. Alisha says:

    So much to love in this post! I love the fabric for the Crayon Roll and Lauren’s choice is fantastic. I think I’m going to try the Notebook and Pencil Holder for my niece.

  56. jodie sylvester says:

    I love this crayon roll!!! Thanks!

  57. andrea says:

    the would all make great teacher gifts!

  58. Debra says:

    I have quite a few little artist in my family so I do believe those crayon rolls will be something I will be giving this year….and they are even great for little boys too!!! Sooo cute!!!

  59. Myra says:

    Just found your blog. Love the tutorials and the beautiful pictures of the projects. Thank you!

  60. Natalie says:

    How About Orange is a treasure trove of great ideas and fun links!

  61. Oiyi says:

    Really cute stuff!

  62. I am so making 5 of the crayon rolls the kids on my list!

  63. samantha says:

    so cute! i can’t wait to try these

  64. Niki :) says:

    Oh I’ve gotta make the notebook/pencil holder! thanks bunches 🙂

  65. Vickie says:

    I love them all! The notebook and pencil holder is great!
    Thank you again for all the tutorials!

  66. Yvette says:

    Every day the projects get better and better. Now if only I had started making stuff in July…… maybe I should just plan to make this stuff for next year – then for once I’d be ahead of the game.

  67. Isabelle says:

    Another great entry! Love the notebook and pencil holder.
    Please, next time, could you post a tutorial on how to make days last 40 hours? 🙂

  68. Kerri says:

    these are just perfect for under the tree–whoop!

  69. Anna says:

    I’m on a roll to make the crayon roll!! Every kid in site is getting one of these from me! WAAHOO

  70. stripey_cat says:

    I like the idea of making the crayon roll larger for sketching pencils – less likely to break points than rattling round in a tin, and easier to fit in a pocket too.

  71. Kathleen says:

    I love Lauren’s fabric choice today. That would be great in the crayon roll!

  72. Mystele says:

    So excited about this post! Can’t wait to make the crayon roll for my boys! Yes!!!

  73. Lisa NYC says:

    Think this is one of my favorite days! My Sewing To Do List gets longer by the day.

    I’m going to do some sewn bookmarks, one or two of those nifty crayon rolls (with Star Wars’ fabric…LOL) and a journal cover!

    There’s some additional tutorials for reading and writing posted on my blog today for added inspiration.

    Thanks for continuing to keep us focused on creating a holiday that’s special!

    With friendship,

  74. Holly says:

    Great gift ideas! A bit of adjusting to the size of the crayon roll and it could also be a makeup brush roll.

  75. Alison says:

    I don’t know that I’ll have enough time to get all these projects done for this Christmas! My list to make keeps getting longer with all these great ideas and inspiration. (I may need to start a list for next Christmas.)

  76. Deb G says:

    Oh so many sweet things here! It’s getting harder and harder to choose what projects I want to work on first.

  77. Andrea says:

    I really really want to make the bookmarks but I can’t seem to find that paper anywhere!

  78. Lil' d says:

    Those look like they would be great for my nieces. Thank you

  79. Julia D says:

    WOW! I am overwhelmed by all the beautiful inspiration you are sharing! Off I go to plan MORE Christmas sewing! (bookmarks for book club, notebook/pencil holder for nephews.) Yay!

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