A different kind of marker holder

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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:

Here's a beautiful one at petits details.

Here's a super fun and funky one by xo b.

And here's a very boy one with robot flannel at Picanini's Weblog.

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!

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  1. Gina says

    Yours turned out beautifully :) I like the pinking-sheared edges, and those are my favorite markers for kids. They really are great for drawing and writing.

  2. says

    Oh wow! Thanks for sharing all those links. I love your “roll” and it was so generous of you to take the time to post a bunch of other options. I’ve been meaning to do one of these for my little guy. Hope you have a lovely week!

  3. says

    I keep meaning to make these. We got some beautiful watercolor pencils (more for me than the kiddo!) and they were not-cheap enough to deserve a very special home.

  4. Auntie Jo Jo says

    I love this roll, very cute! I will have to also give these pens a try.
    This is the one that I have been working on and like you, plan on giving it out for my summer gift collection! She also has them for sale.
    Thanks for sharing and adding all of the other great sites for rolls.

  5. says

    I just got this fabulous book from the library this week, and want to make one of those for each of my kiddos. Thanks for the great inspiration!!!