I’ve had a few enquiries about the finished advent calendars so thought I’d post a bit of information about them rather than the odd post about the decorations!
As children my sisters and I had a fabric advent calendar that my very crafty grandma made. She’s the sort of enviable person who can magic up an immaculate quilt, children’s clothes, throw a pot, decorate a room from top to bottom- you name it she can make it! Our advent calendar is quite big and the pockets are filled with a mixture of decorations she made and ones she bought. They sit in little numbered pockets at the bottom of the tree and you hang up a decoration for each day in the lead-up to Christmas Eve. (And for the chocoholics among you the pockets are definitely commodious enough for a chocolate coin as well!)
It’s still going strong actually although we don’t fight (as much) over who gets to hang up the angel on Christmas Eve any more! It was, and is, such an important and happy Christmas tradition that I thought of making one as a wedding present for some friends. That one ended up being very large and the decorations very intricate and time-consuming, and I didn’t think I’d really be able to make them commercially.
But I had a re-think and came up with a scaled-down version, with jingle bells rather than straight pins to hang the decorations, and made 4 last Christmas time.
This year I am making 5- two commissions (one tiny red floral fabric and the other as yet undecided!) and three to sell. They are priced at £65 each and are almost entirely hand-sewn; only the pockets and hanging loops are machine sewn, for strength. The decorations are all finished (scroll down on my blog’s main page to see them) and I am embarking on the trees and pockets now. This year’s fabrics are the following (I have enough of the tiny red floral for two calendars):
And the green snowflake fabric will have red felt pockets instead of green. UPDATE: Green snowflake AND spotty fabric now reserved! So only one calendar in the Scandinavian horse fabric left!
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