So . . . I chose the crayon roll as my first of twelve crafts till Christmas on the premise that this is a craft that "anyone with a sewing machine can make". Now, in theory I did make and finish the crayon roll. (I used the pattern and directions from Cindy at Skip To My Lou.) Of course, I use the word "make" very literally as in I picked fabrics, cut them, pinned them, did some sewing, undid some sewing, did some more sewing and came up with a finished project . . . finished not necessarily polished. This picture does not do my many mistakes justice! However, I also learned some valuable lessons along the way. Here's four for those of you who would like to learn along with me.
1) It might be a good idea to have all the recommended supplies. I didn't have this thing called lightweight fusible interfacing. Not only did I not have it, I have no idea what it is. It appears to be used to add some weight and stiffness to the fabric, so I figured I would just use some extra flour sack material that I had on hand. I think that complicated the sewing process and added some extra bulk that I didn't need.