A few weeks ago I entered a competition to create the best hand made advent calendar for Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas craft programme. A couple of days later I received a call asking me to send over my ideas for the advent calendar I would create during the show. I did my research and decided that I would try and recreate a fabric version of the traditional paper fold out advent calendar:
I made a mini version to see how it would work and sent it across with some design sketches.
To make my advent calendar even more special I decided that I would use the homes of my friends and family to line the streets and on each day you would open the house door to see who lived at the property.
In these next few blog posts I’ll go through how I created mine so you can sew along in time for the start of December, and the airing of the show!
Post box and Post Bag
Numbers 1 & 2 on the advent calendar
I created the bag using Hessian fabric. I cut out a rectangle and sewed along the edges to leave the top open. I then used some red ribbon to create a tie and free motion embroidery to sew the number 1 on the tag. (To learn how to do basic free motion embroidery please see this previous post).
I then filled the bag with chocolates for me and Phil to eat on the 1st! (A great way to start December!)
To create the post box I cut out a rectangle of red fabric and added the details of the post box using free motion embroidery. I sewed the back up to create a fabric tube and then made a tube out of cardboard that I popped inside to ensure that the post box had stability.
I then cut out a circle, slightly wider than the diameter of the post box and sewed 1/2 cm around the edge. I then pulled the thread to make it the circle the same size as the diameter of the post box and attached it onto the top of the tube using small stitches.
To create the black base I cut out a strip of black fabric that and popped a slither of cardboard down the middle to give it stability. The base is slightly larger than the red tube so it can slide in. I then attached it to the bottom of the red tube using small stitches.
You can then pop some more chocolates under the post box for the second day of your advent calendar!
That’s it for this weeks post! Look out for next week’s where I’ll be showing you how I made the houses.
If you would like PDF pattern for the post box and bag please contact me and I’ll send it to you via email.
Happy festive sewing everyone!