As a wedding present for our friends who got married last year, I made a fabric advent calendar. It was based on one my grandma made for my sisters and I when we were little, and there was a decoration for each day in the lead up to Christmas that you pinned to a felt tree. The fairy went up on the 24th and was the cause of such quarrels amongst the three of us as to who got to hold her that in the end we had to each hold a bit of the fairy as she ascended towards the top!
The one I made for my friends was a bit of a labour of love and ended up being very large, with each ornament hand made. It made good use of the many hours I sat on the sofa breastfeeding my newborn baby and I hope it will be something to bring them happiness every year at Christmas time.
I didn’t think I could make them comercially but with the aquisition of my sewing machine I am going to make 4 small ones to sell at the Woodend Barn fair in November. I am still making the decorations by hand- here is the largest Russian doll or Matrioshka step by step. The little black bit of felt is not a moustache but her hair!
I added a bit of embroidery, which I am rapidly becoming addicted to- it is so pretty and my local haberdashery, Meg’s Attic (www.megsattic.co.uk) stocks a beautiful range of embroidery thread which is very tempting.
Here is one of the finished Russian dolls along with her little sisters- blowing in the wind a bit!
The little fishies at the top will also be in the advent calendars. So it’s at least 8 decorations a day at the moment!