I used this pattern, but decided against using ric-rac so I wouldn't have to go to the craft store. I have made this crayon roll before with a ribbon tie and the ribbon won't stay tied up and the kids can't tie it themselves so it kind of goes again the whole "quiet time" idea. This time, I used a piece of elastic (hair ties are good for sooo many things!) and button. I think this would have a better chance of being able to be used by a 5 year old.
I also modified the pattern to only hold 12 crayons since I had boxes of 24 and wanted to just split the boxes in half. Also, having 16 crayons in the one I made seems to weigh it down and keep it from rolling up well.
To make the pocket seams nice and even, I took a piece of notebook paper, drew the 1 inch gaps along it, pinned it to the fabric and sewed right through it all. Once you have sewn through the paper, the needle makes perforations and the paper rips away easily and cleanly. Just a little tip from me to you! ;)
I was able to find these fun workbooks at the $1 bin at Target (I'm in love with those bins!!!) to round out this little gift. Our sweet little friend seemed excited by our present, but I was more excited by the fact that this cost me $2.13 to put together!! (the fabric was all given to me, the button was an extra from a sweater, pink elastic from a package we were given, crayons were $.25 for a box of 24 and $1 for each workbook). Now that's my kind of gift!!! ;)