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Make Your Own Advent Calendar

I love Christmas and I wanted to do something different and memorable this year. Advent calendars are the best part but sometimes the store-bought ones can look so boring and it’s always the same kind of chocolate in them. So I decided to make my own! And I really liked how it turned out, even if it did take me 500 hours and I shall now have to eat two chocolates a day to catch up. It took me so long because everything was painstakingly hand-sewn (and I’ve never sewed in my life!). So if you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, I’d highly recommend it!

What you need

  • Felt material in assorted colours
  • Number appliques
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Cord (1 and 1/2 meters)
  • White winsonette (75cm x 112 cm)
  • Wooden stick
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (if you have one)

Method

  1. Cut out 21 squares of assorted colours measuring 8 cm x 8 cm. And cut out 21 smaller squares measuring 6 cm x 6 cm.

    Felt squares
  2. Sew the smaller squares onto the larger squares like so.

    Smaller square sewn onto larger square
  3. For the trunk, cut out a rectangle measuring 6 x 10 cm. For the pot, cut out the shape measuring 19 cm in height, top width 19 cm, bottom width 14 cm.
  4. Cut out a rectangular and square shape for the presents under the tree.

    Felt shapes
  5. Sew assorted ribbons onto the squares, presents and tree pot.

    Ribbons sewn onto squares
  6. Stitch all pieces of felt to the white winsonette to make pockets out of the 21 squares, 2 presents and tree pot. Sew on the star.
  7. Sew the edges of the white winsonette.
  8. Iron on the number appliques.

    Square Pockets
  9. Sew on a thick ribbon to make a border.
  10. Cut out 4 pieces of felt measuring 6 x 12 cm to make loops. Sew onto the top of the winsonette.
  11. Measure stick to length and put through the loops.
  12. Tie the cord to both ends of the stick to hang on the wall.
Advent Calendar

And that’s it! It didn’t really take 500 hours, just did a little bit whenever I had spare time. Of course, I still felt like dying and giving up many times in between. Especially after jabbing myself with needles countless times.

But it’s nice to have a little something different for Christmas, don’t ya think?

12 Comments

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    lequan

    December 13, 2010

    Omg, Sharon! I love the calendar! Kudos to you for not giving up. It would’ve been a waste not to see this beauty be finished. And I actually never knew that’s what those calendars were called. Needles and I aren’t friends, so I’ll have to stay away if I want to live to see another Christmas…lol. Great idea and job on the calendar! Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Moh

      December 14, 2010

      Thanks a million! It took a lot of effort so I really appreciate the comment :D. I’m glad I finished it in the end, though my fingers are now covered in bandaids due to many needle jabbing incidents!

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    Nada

    December 17, 2010

    Wow! can you please make me one for my office? I am sure everyone at work will be jealous.. its so beautiful Sharon! You are so gifted mashallah, my little Asian is wonder woman.

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      Sharon Moh

      December 18, 2010

      I have sworn off needles and sewing altogether. But it was worth doing this the one time.

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    Stella

    December 30, 2010

    Sharon, can I order one too for my clinic(s).. Think of all the poor little sick kids who would love to see it (while I eat all the chocolate) =)
    I need about 3? hehehe

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      Sharon Moh

      December 30, 2010

      Haha you wouldn’t share? Oh wait, I forgot who I was talking to :P lol.

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    Nicole

    February 6, 2011

    Wooow Sharon that looks so awesome! Ok I know you posted this like a zillion years ago but I haven’t been looking at blogs in a while, lol.

    Also, happy Chinese new year!

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      Sharon Moh

      February 6, 2011

      Lol thanks! And Happy Chinese New Year to you too! :D

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    Joyce T

    February 16, 2011

    This is so so so so pretty….nice one gurl!

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      Sharon Moh

      February 17, 2011

      Thanks! :D You’ll see it when you come and I’ll fill it with chocolate for you haha.

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        Miss Custard Bun

        February 17, 2011

        Hahahaha…. so sweet of u. i love chocolates!!

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          Sharon Moh

          February 18, 2011

          I’m finding all sorts of ways to bribe you to come ;) lol

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