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
- Sewing machine (if you have one)
- 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.
- Sew the smaller squares onto the larger squares like so.
- 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.
- Cut out a rectangular and square shape for the presents under the tree.
- Sew assorted ribbons onto the squares, presents and tree pot.
- 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.
- Sew the edges of the white winsonette.
- Iron on the number appliques.
- Sew on a thick ribbon to make a border.
- Cut out 4 pieces of felt measuring 6 x 12 cm to make loops. Sew onto the top of the winsonette.
- Measure stick to length and put through the loops.
- Tie the cord to both ends of the stick to hang on the wall.
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?