Happy Monday! Yesterday was December 1st which meant we could break out the advent calendar. After last year's advent disaster I finally made a proper advent calendar.
This project was very make-it-up-as-you-go-along. I didn't really plan much, but I did have a general idea of what I wanted. I wanted a tree with ornament that could be added each day. I started by sewing a felt Christmas tree onto a 1/2 yard cut of fabric. I made the tree striped out of necessity. All I had were felt scraps. I kind of like it. It reminds me of Will Ferrell's hat in the movie Elf.
I added the star and rick-rack onto the tree at the very end. It needed something extra. After the tree, I made the pockets. I used fusible webbing to add the circles and numbers. I stitched down the numbers by sewing in the middle of each number rather than zig-zagging the outside. The raw edges will probably fray over time, but I'm ok with it. I think they are secure enough that they won't fall off. The circles also have raw edges. I wasn't in the mood to zig-zag around 24 small circles.
I did measure the width and height of each pocket and used my hera marker to mark where each pocket division should be. That helped in placing the circles and numbers and keeping them evenly spaced.
I then basted the top of the advent calendar/quilt to the back and sandwiched batting in between. I quilted around the pockets and tree in straight lines. Nothing special. I then bound the quilt in scraps.
For the ornaments I fussy-cut some fun characters and prints then sewed them to a piece of felt. I sewed a piece of velcro to the felt before sewing on the top fabric. Originally I was going to only use felt on the back and rely on the felt-to-felt friction for stickiness. My confidence in that friction wavered and I added velcro. I didn't want 24 ornaments floating around the house getting lost at the end of the month.
So far, the boys have had fun with it. We'll see how excited they are at the end of the month. I think the different ornaments help make it a little more exciting. They could also be changed easily from year to year.
Do you have an advent calendar?