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NO-SEW Colored Pencil Roll-Up (or crayons, paintbrushes, etc.)…from the book ‘No-Sew Love’

If you came here looking for the ‘No-Sew Love’ (+ other goodies!) GIVEAWAY….you came to the right place. However, you need to click over to the actual ‘No-Sew Love’ book giveaway post.  You have until Tuesday, August 12th to enter… hurry on over and check out the treasures you can win!  (And anyone, from any country, can enter!)


***More about ‘No-Sew Love’ HERE

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And as a way to celebrate the release of ‘No-Sew Love’, I thought it would be fun to share one of the simpler projects from the book. 


All of the projects within the book are given a skill level, 1 being the most simple, and 3 requiring a bit more skill.  This Colored Pencil Roll-Up is a Level 1……and is a quick project you can make for your kids’ colored pencils.  However, these instructions could easily be adapted to organize crayons, markers, paintbrushes, make-up brushes, etc.  Everything needs their own “home”, right??




When the supplies are not being used, simply roll up the case and tie it closed.  Nice and organized.  And nope, not one bit of sewing is needed.




So just think…….when colored pencils (or other art supplies) have a designated “home”, they will less likely end up on the floor or in the junk drawer.  So, make a few slits into piece of vinyl, slide your pencils inside their individual slots, roll the whole thing up, tie it closed…and then thank me later for a little less clutter in your life!




Okay, time to get cutting.



Skill Level: I

Time Estimate: 60-90 minutes



  • ¼ yard of faux leather (aka: vinyl)
  • 1½ inch wide Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 yard
  • Epoxy glue
  • Utility Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • White colored pencil/chalk
  • Ruler
  • Lighter


**This colored pencil Roll-Up is designed to fit standard 7-inch long colored pencils, that are a ¼ inch in diameter.  If you’d rather create a Roll-Up for crayons or pens, make adjustments accordingly.


1.  Cut your piece of faux leather down to 8¼ x 23 inches.

2.  Use chalk or a white colored pencil to draw two lines down the length of the piece of faux leather on the back side, splitting the 8¼ inch width of the faux leather into exact thirds. (The lines will be spaced 2¾ inches apart and will be 2¾ inches from each side.  )



3.  Turn the piece of faux leather so that those white lines are laying horizontally and place on top of a cutting mat.  Measure in from the left side 1½ inches from the bottom white line and then make a ¾ inch slit with your utility knife, right along the white line.  Make another identical ¾ inch slit, a ¼ inch below the first one.

4.  Continue making ¾ inch slits along the white line that are spaced a ¼ inch apart and also continue making their identical slits right below them, a ¼ inch down.  You will make a total of 20 sets of slits along (and below) the white line, stopping 1½ inches from the other end.




5.  Those sets of slits will create a snug home for one end of your colored pencils to go.

6.  Repeat the same process with the upper white line, creating slits right along the line but make its identical slit above the white line this time, rather than below.




7.  The slits along both the upper and lower white lines should match up evenly, so that there is a place for each end of your colored pencil.

8.  Cut a piece of ribbon that is 1 yard long and heat seal both ends with a lighter.  (This will melt them and keep them from fraying.)




9.  Along the back side of the very middle of the ribbon, apply a generous amount of epoxy glue, in a 1½ x 1½ inch square.

10.  Lay the faux leather down in front of you horizontally, with the “right” side facing up.  Place the glued section of the ribbon face down, at one end of the rectangle faux leather, centering it from top to bottom.  Press firmly and let dry completely before using.





  • If you have some real leather and prefer to use it for this project, go right ahead!  Faux leather is just less expensive, is easier to find in bigger pieces, and comes in a variety of colors!
  • If you prefer making a Roll-Up for a different type of art supply, a bit of measuring will be needed, as all supplies are different shapes and sizes.  But the concept is the exact same.



Now, slide your supplies inside…..and enjoy a little less clutter in your life!







Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  2. Kate says:

    I just made this for markers (Crayola size) and my slits were 1 inch long with a 1 inch space in between. Worked great! FYI in case any one else wants to do this for markers. THANK YOU!

  3. Anna says:

    Bellissimo!!! Mi avanza giusto un pezzo di pelle….proverò e grazie!!!

  4. lipo says:

    love it!!

  5. Najmeh says:

    Great idea. I’d love to make it. Do you think I can make this with any kind of fabric?
    As an idea, I think if someone dosn’t like the look of the back, they can add another piece of faux leather, or a piece of fabric over the ribbon.

  6. Zohar says:

    Just the thing I needed as school starts… Perfect for my kiddos …

  7. Kerry says:

    Perfect “make it” Christmas gift! I want my kids to make gifts for each other this year – your book will be a great tool.
    Hope your post pregnancy baby – and book baby- days are treating you well!!

  8. Kathleen D says:

    This is awesome! I’m thinking I may do it for my new brush pens!

  9. Irena says:

    Older children could do this as in sensible teenagers. For gifts for younger siblings.

  10. Mary S says:

    Terrific idea! I can so see it organize your crochet hooks, DPNs, etc! Can’t wait to get my copy of the book – – it’s on its way :-).

    1. Ashley says:

      Exactly, this would work well to organize anything of that shape!

      And oh, I hope you love the book! :)

      Thanks Mary!

  11. Ashley M. says:

    I love this! I wonder if it would work the same for crayons!

    1. Ashley says:

      It totally will! :)

  12. Lynette says:

    that’s a fantastic idea! I love how you have the time required/skill level in there. That’s going to be so helpful for nap time crafts! :) It’d be funny if you put time required: 1 naptime, or 1 Bob the Builder + 10 minutes. :) That’s totally how I’m thinking these days!

    1. Ashley says:

      I was hoping that would be helpful! And haha……and for me it’s, “this project will take 2 episodes of Sophia the First plus half of naptime.” Haha!

  13. Kerri @ Holly Muffin says:

    Love this! The rest of your book must be just as amazing!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Kerri! :)

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