crayon wallet and tissue holder
Fair season starts in November and I am hunting for a straight forward pattern for a crayon wallet and a tissue holder for a purse.
There are some beginning sewers in the craft group so if someone could direct me to patterns they’ve used successfully, it would be wonderful.
I will pay for a pattern just want to find the simplest, easiest to sew pattern.
I made a crayon roll from a tutorial I found on google. You can just google crayon roll tutorials and you will find several easy free directions. same for the tissue holder. I have never sold anything I have made so maybe someone else can advise whether these tutorials can be used to make things for fairs etc. or if you need to actually use purchased patterns.
Edited 9/7/2009 12:19 am ET by sewfar
"..or if you need to actually use purchased patterns" Almost without exception, commercially produced patterns come with a copyright condition that they not be used to make articles to sell. I understand in some cases (Disney is one) that legal action has been taken to protect the copyright.As to patterns on the internet, some are noted as being covered by a copyright. Craft patterns probably are there for free use in any way but it would be a good idea to check with the designer or the publisher of the pattern.Copyright is a complicated subject and gets a lot of conversations going on knitting forums, for one.
I have never sold anything I have made and I probably won't as my patience is limited. What you said is very informative. I have used several tutorials and I have seen several things that are simple and not complex ideas that were probably not the original idea of the tutorial maker. They are basically different takes on things that have been around forever but the time it took to develop the technique should be rewarded . Making some for personal use is alot different than using their idea for profit so sending an email and asking sounds like a good approach.
A Google search leads to several tutorials for a crayon or pencil holder and a tissue cover. All are posted by sewers so I decided to make a dummy holder out of old fabric and keep track of the size and construction. If the first one didn't work, I would try again. Small, hand sewn items are a staple of New England church fairs. Place mats and table runners sell well because they make nice gifts and the church prices items low to sell.
These should actually be fairly easy to draft yourself. For the crayon wallet, get some muslin and the type of crayons you intend the wallet to be used for.
1. Lay the crayons side by side on the muslin with about half the width of the crayon between them (like a picket fence) and enough extra height to give the size flap you'd like.
2. Mark this measurement on the muslin, add seam allowances, and cut. Be sure to note these measurements for future use.
3. Lay the crayons back down on the cut muslin.
4. Take a second piece of muslin, slightly shorter than the crayons and at least twice as wide as the first piece. Note the measurements you're starting with.
5. Match the bottoms of the two muslins and their left edges. Baste only the left seam.
6. Place a crayon next to the seam. Pull the top muslin over the crayon, leaving some ease, (like a baby in a bed).
7. Mark the vertical line along the right edge. Baste in place.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 at least three times to make sure you're getting the measurement right--or you can do it for every single crayon because sometimes sewing is quicker than math.
9. Then pull the basting stitches. Measure the amount of fabric you used for the top, and add, if needed, to accommodate the number of crayons.
10. To make the real wallets, follow the same directions as above except a)finish the top fabric off with bias binding or a double turned edge before beginning the other stitching. b)Run bias binding around all sides of the wallet. c)Keep the wallet closed by adding a button and loop, or a snap, or string ties.
Note: Be sure to make a test sample before you cut out more than one copy to check for variances between the muslin and the fashion fabric.
For the tissue wallet, you'll be doing much the same process: finding the amount of material needed, allowing for overlap, thickness, and seam allowances. Be sure to add the height of the packet to each end of the pattern piece. So, you'll have a pattern piece that's the size of the tissue wrapper including the two ends.
Note this for your records. Cut. Put the two long sides together. Make a seam about 1" long on both sides, leaving the center open. (You will want to experiment with the length of these seams to get them just right.) Sew the ends shut. Turn rightside out. Press.
You can gussy this up, if you like, with piping along both edges of the center seam, which also finishes the edge and gives it strength.
I just got around to reading the latest posts in this threads ~ day late, dollar short, sometimes! Anyway, this is a terrific tutorial on the concepts behind "How To Draft a Craft Pattern" - improvise, measure, record, modify, record! I've just titled the single post that, and emailed it to myself!Very glad to see you've "gotten back on the horse". And a pretty frisky one, at that! (grin)
Bright Blessings, dear! Kharmin
Hi KharminJ,Glad the directions help. Anything that's at right angles usually takes less time to draft than to drive to the store and pore over the pattern books. If by getting back on the horse you mean sewing, I am back at it with a passion. Two weekends ago I got to take a European pattern drafting class and buy the book that went with it. What freedom! The garments fit! And they look great!! I'm in heaven. Yesterday I finished some skirts that I made with a little addition because I didn't trust the instructor's very skinny measurements. They're too big! Wahoo! I can see where trimming back to her measurements really will give me a perfect fit. Better go. I'm actually making inroads on my stash and intend to have a whole new wardrobe in a few weeks. Of course, the fact that I've been wearing the same six outfits since I retired has something to do with that.Tatsy
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