New House- New Traditions!
1st on the list is an advent calendar. My girls always love counting down with those window cards and I thought this could be fun. But I did not want to go standard fare if you know what I mean. Wall hangings are just not my style. So, I looked around on Pinterest and found so many incredible photos for inspiration.
Since this project is going to take some time to put together and I started it late on Sunday, this is going to be a 2 “parter”! Plus, December 1st is only a few days away and I could use the time to figure out just how I am going to hang this.
This project is for sewers of all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- fabric for pockets
- contrast fabric ( a few different prints would be fun)
- craft paint
- I ripped long strips of fabric about 1 1/2″ wide and hand painted the numbers 1 through 25 with craft paint. Set aside and let dry.
- To create pockets, I ripped fabric selvage to selvage, merrowed each edge, turned under and straight stitched a hem. That’s right, straight across the entire piece. This is going to be easy peasie!!
- My pockets finished are 7″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide- yours might be different but this is a guide. To make life easy, I cut each hemmed piece of fabric to the width of my quilting ruler; 6 1/2″. This gave me seam allowance. After you cut all 24 pockets, you are ready for the fun stuff!
- I folded each of my pieces in half to give me an idea of what the finished size would be, then I played around with my fabric bits until I was happy with the outlook.
- To stitch them down, I used straight stitches and zig zag but honestly, have fun here- Use those decorative stitches.
- To make the loops, I ripped a piece of contrast fabric to about 1″ wide; pressed in half and sandwiched it in the left side of pocket. Once sandwiched, with right sides together, stitch sides of pocket closed, trim and turn right side out.
- What did I tell ya- SUPER easy. It just takes some time to get all 24 finished.
Now, go make yours, come back on Thursday and I will show you how I hung them up. Maybe I will even have a few tips on what to put in them!
ps- this advent calendar was made from the fabric pile and did not cost a penny! I mean, zip, zilch, goose egg!! Instead, I just used what I had on hand and made it work. Think Tim Gunn and “make it work!”
**Remember, I would love to see your advent calendar. Be sure to share photos on my facebook page!