Monday, June 14

Coloring Travel Pack

A tutorial to end Kids' Week!


I've made a handful of these lately. I've worked the bugs out of the pattern and am excited to share it with you! This kids' Coloring Travel Pack fits a A5 size pad of paper. Directions assume a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Happy Sewing.

For this project you'll need:

~About 1/3 yard of fabric + a large scrap of coordinating fabric
~2.5 inches of sew-on Velcro
~A 20 inch X 11 inch piece of batting (I like a warm and natural type batting)
~ Sewing machine
~ Basic sewing supplies

Cut out:

A - 9.5 X 7 inches (cut 2)

B - 9.5 X 5 inches

C - 7.25 X 7 inches (out of your coordinating scrap)

D - 7 X 3.34 inches (out of your coordinating scrap)
These pieces will combine to form the inside of your travel pack.

Coloring on the go

For the outside of your travel pack you will need a piece of fabric that is roughly 20 X 11 inches.


1) Iron 1/4 inch lengthwise on pieces C & D. Top stitch down.

2) Mark piece D, 1.25 inches from each side. From one of lines, continue marking every 1 inch. Use a fabric pencil or chalk.
Crayon Slots
3) Pin D to the bottom of A. Sew over your pencil lines, taking extra care to back stitch over the opening.
Coloring on the Go
4) Pin C to the bottom of your other A. Place B on top and sew all three pieces together.
5) Sew your ABC piece to your AD piece.
Finished Side
6) Open and iron the seams open or to one side. You finished the inside portion of your travel pack.
Placing the Velcro
7) Pin one side of your Velcro 3.5 inches from the edge of your outside material. Just eyeball it to the center. Sew it on.
Velcro with pencil holder
8) Layer all 3 pieces of your travel pack in this order (bottom to top): batting, outside, inside (right side down.) YOU MUST POSITION YOUR VELCRO OVER YOUR CRAYON SLOTS - the Velcro should be looking at your crayon slots when layered.

9) Sew all 3 layers together starting at piece B (the flap.) Leave a 3 inch slit for turning.

10) Trim off excess fabric, leaving 1/4 inch.

11) Turn right side out. Take care to push out the corners.

12) Top stitch over B (the flap) to close the slit. Continue to top stitch around the entire piece if desired.
Sew on Velcro
13) Place remaining Velcro piece on the edge of the flap and stitch on.

14) Top stitch vertically where travel pack will fold.
15) Stand back and admire.

Hope it is clearer than mud. If not, leave a comment and I'll try to clarify.



suddenly sahm said...

Ha - A5 - I had no idea what the hell that was. I just finished the girl with the dragon tattoo and they kept referring to paper as A4, so now I'm starting to get it - it's one of those little differences. I feel smart again.

jojoebi-designs said...

great tute!
Our package arrived yesterday. Ebi-kun loves it and has decided it is his bug studying book :o) He also wants me to sew the badge onto a T-shirt because he thinks it looks like a football shirt badge!
Thanks again,

swissluxi said...

Thank you so much for once more sharing your sewing knowledge with us, you're so talented! I am definitely going to try this project too.

poppyart said...

fab. we are having small outings instead of the annual summer party this year... and these are perfect for the limited number of guests we are expecting. just to get the motivation, now...

Jen said...

So wonderfully clear! Thank you for taking the time to write up this tutorial!

Mika said...

I soo want to try this!
It looks tricky, but your tutorial looks really thorough, so mayyyybe I can pull it off. What a fantastic idea. Am in love the fabric choice as well.

Thank you so much for sharing!!

Annie Jarman said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just whipped one up and I love it! So easy and the instructions were so clear. Thank you!

PS: I found you via The Crafty Crow. I'm excited to explore your blog!

Claire said...

Thanks for this fab idea, I've just made one for my little girl, you can see it here....

Claire x

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