As promised, here are a few pictures of the lovely fabric I bought from Meg’s Attic in Banchory on Saturday. I had this red cotton in mind and like it even more now I’m starting to use it- warm and Christmassy without gold Father Christmasses emblazoned across it! I also bought the green felt I need for the pockets and tree. Our family calendar, and the one I made as a wedding present, have only two rows of 12 pockets, but this was going to use far too much backing fabric and make the calendars too large, so I am instead doing three rows of 8 pockets.
I sewed the pockets on by machine, but the tree by hand (stubborn, I know, but I do like the feel hand sewing lends something) Here it is, pockets sewn and tree pinned. And the fire lit, autumn is emphatically here!
On Sunday I sewed the tree on, with a thin layer of batting behind it for puff factor, and painstakingly cut out all the felt numbers. They are first glued down and then sewn, the idea being that if only sewn the edges might curl up.
Highly optimistically, I only bought a metre each of felt and red fabric- enough for one background and three tree shapes. So it’s back to Meg’s for more beautiful fabric browsing. There’s a sweet red and white paisley print I have my eye on…