This was a gift I made for a little (big!) boy turning four over the weekend. A marker roll made of canvas and felt, quickly sewn together. It's so easy! (I know I say that a lot. Sorry. But it's true. And yes, I gravitate toward easy.) I think I'll make these for all kiddo birthdays coming up. The markers are the skinny Crayola Doodling Washable Markers that claim to make thick or thin lines. This kid is into the alphabet right now so I thought these might be good for writing or drawing.
I mostly followed the instructions for SouleMama's felt pencil roll in The Creative Family. I used cotton canvas for the back instead of felt, and didn't double it, although I think I might next time. I found something similar in my library copy of The Tightwad Gazette, meant to hold a variety of school/art supplies including watercolors, ruler, scissors, pencils, crayons, eraser, and pencil sharpener. I like that this idea can be adapted to hold different kinds of supplies. I think I've seen them holding paintbrushes, too.
Doesn't it make an attractive presentation? And definitely more portable than the plaster of paris marker holders.
Just for fun and extra visual stimulation, I found some other interesting pencil rolls around the web to share with you:
Oh, and I just did a search on Etsy for pencil roll and came up with lots, so if you don't have a sewing machine to make your own, take a look!