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!


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  1. Could you post the dimensions of the fabric?

  2. 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. What size did you cut the colouring wallets?

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

  8. 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. 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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