I was at the bookstore the other night and found a book called How to Draw Cool Cars.* These weren’t your average cool cars, but super fast ones like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lamborghini — you get the idea. I had never seen anything like it and knew I needed to get it for Wyatt’s ninth birthday.

A few years ago I made a bunch of crayon rolls, including one for Wyatt with car fabric. You can’t really draw a Lamborghini with crayon, though. It just doesn’t seem right. So, I made him a much more grown-up colored pencil roll.

felt pencil roll

I have this really nice, thick wool felt that I got at a garage sale a few years ago. I never knew what to do with it, but it had Japanese characters printed on it with a sparkly gold ink. I knew I had to save it. I was so glad I did. It was perfect for this project!

felt pencil roll

I saved the printed part of the wool for myself. It will make a cool crochet hook roll, don’t you think?

stash: If you don’t have a use for a certain fabric right away, but it speaks to you somehow, I recommend keeping it in your stash. It might just be waiting for the perfect project to come along.

*I can’t find the exact book online, but this one looks similar.

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5 Responses to cool birthday gift idea for boys

  1. Charity says:

    This is a great idea – I love those rolls!

  2. Karin says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a roll like that for my little ones. They love to draw and I think all those colourful pencils in a roll look so gorgeous together.

    That book sounds like a perfect gift!

  3. Michele says:

    It is really hard to find/make stuff for the older boys but, the pencil roll and cool car coloring book is a really good idea, thanks!

  4. Lisa says:

    OK, if I could, I would replicate for you the gasp when the package was opened! He is in love with the book, and immediately ran upstairs to get paper and start drawing. And I love not having colored pencils rolling all over my desk! A very happy little (not so little anymore) boy and I thank you!

  5. Merry says:

    Fantastic idea! It will help encourage him to keep his ‘tools’ together. I crocheted something similar in an uncannily similar colour (!) fairly recently, and use it to keep my crochet tools organised.
    http://merrymakes.blogspot.com/2012/03/free-crochet-pattern-for-tool-roll.html