Are you itching to do some holiday sewing? This advent calendar is a quick-ish sew if you want to whip up a fun Christmas item now! Get some stash busting done too.
I chose Christmas fabrics similar in color, grabbed them and started cutting. I liked the size of my phone, so I used it as a pattern. Find something around the house that is the size you want, and use that as a pattern template.
My phone measures 6.5" by 3". I added 1 inch to the width and length for seam allowances to make rectangles. Fold them in half RTT (right sides together) and stitch with a 1/2" seam. Sew the sides only. Leave the bottom open, clip corners, turn out, and press flat.
**If you decide to sew or embroider the numbers on, do this before sewing the pocket together. If you use vinyl or iron-on numbers, you can add the numbers after the pockets are sewn and turned.
After you have your pockets made, lay them out and switch around until you decide which assortment you love the best or go crazy. I liked the taller version better.
I did this part backward, sorta. After laying the pockets out, I cut my fabric for them to be sewn on to. I measured the size of all the pockets equaled and added 2" on each side. 5" to the top and 2" to the bottom. This allowed for seams and the top to get turned down and stitched to create the large loop for the wooden doweling.
I worked from the bottom up, sewing the bottom row of pockets first. You do what works best for you. :)
I decided to sew the bottoms of all the pockets on first. Then, flipped them up to sew the sides. As you can see, I used pinking shears to keep the edges from raveling. This whole project was on the fly and meant to be fun, without overthinking.
As you can tell. ;)
Be sure to backstich at the start and end of each pocket side. I also add extra stitching at the top where little hands will reach in and out to discover the treasures inside.
Laying the fabric pieces right sides together, sew a 1/2" seam allowance all around. Leave a 4"-5" gap at the top for turning.
Clip the corners and trim thread tails. Turn out and top stitch around the whole calendar.
Decide how big of a loop you need for your wood doweling to slide through, pin and stitch to create the loop.
You're done! Yay!!!
What are you going to fill the pockets with? Who is going to use the advent calendar? Little ones or big ones? I've listed some ideas below of what to put inside for all ages. Wrapping each item would make it extra fun and keep wandering eyes from peaking.
These are just a few ideas, the sky is the limit on fun little treasures.
Are you going to make an advent calendar? Or make one as a gift? Let me know in the comments below.
Well, I'm off to go buy some items to fill the calendar with. If you think of other ideas, please share those in the comments below too. The more ideas, the merrier!
Hi there, I'm Annette and I love eating and sewing. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea with me, but not next to my machine because I'd probably spill it. I am the reason we can't have nice things.
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