I decided to make a few of these little travel coloring clutches for Anneliese and some of her toddler friends. I thought they would be easy to throw into a diaper bag or stroller to take along anywhere you might need a little distraction. A doctor’s appointment or a trip to the DMV or whatever.

It’s pretty compact. See?


And when you open it up, there are slots for 8 mini colored pencils (which I got at Michael’s) or crayons.

The other side is one big pocket for storing coloring pages. I drew my own, scanned them in and printed them 4-to-a-page. If you do a google image search for “coloring pages” though, you’ll find lots of line drawings you can print out the same way. Simple!


The fabric I used is cotton flannel, and I fused together two pieces with Pellon Wonder Under, which is an iron-on fusible web.

I trimmed the short ends of the rectangle with pinking shears, then folded in the sides and ironed firmly, folded the whole thing in half and ironed the center crease.

A line of stitches 1/4” in from each of the longer sides, and I trimmed those sides with my pinking shears too.

After that, 7 more lines of stitching on the crayon/pencil side (evenly spaced of course), and the coloring wallet is ready for filling!


Ready for on-the-go coloring or gift-giving!


9 Comments on Handmade Christmas–Part 6: Coloring Wallets

  1. Mandy says:

    Could you post the dimensions of the fabric?

  2. Amy says:

    These are cute, and reminded me of. . . picnic basket silverware wrappers. I think I saw it on Martha Stewart–same type of thing, with (obviously) larger fabric and slots for knives, spoons, forks and then pack along your fabric napkins and regular/plastic regular plates for a easy picnic basket that is good for the environment. 🙂

  3. Michele says:

    What size did you cut the colouring wallets?

  4. Michele says:

    This is very sweet!! I’ll bet that you could make a bunch in no time at all!! Thanks for sharing a fantastic idea!!

  5. Charlotte says:

    How cute! When I saw this, I immediately went over to Etsy to look for similar ones. Once I have my own sewing machine, I’ll definitely be on sewing madness, lol!

  6. Lisa says:

    Thank you for the great information along with all the resources that are needed to make it happen. I wanted to make something by myself for my twin nieces for Christmas, but didn’t get a chance. This is a great idea and I will make two of them before the New Year. Thanks again!

  7. Mari says:

    Such a great idea and very cute. You are inspiring me to learn to sew.

  8. Shannon says:

    I love this! I have tons of flannel from different projects, and this is a perfect thing to do with it. You’ve done such an awesome job with your projects!

  9. Camjay says:

    Super cute…can’t wait to try making these…they are a great little gift or to use for party favors

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