Advent came a little late in this household. My husband and I had our chocolate advents (a yearly provision from my in-laws) ready to go, but I had plans to make my little mans’ advent…but the plan came the day before the 1st of December, so I was definitely against myself in time.
I wanted to do a fabric hanging advent calendar with pockets that I would be able to fill with all sorts of things as he gets older. There are so many gorgeous, fun and funky Christmas fabrics online, but time and money was against me.
So remember this friendly cat looking after his Christmas Pud… He was the start. I found the fabric in my local craft shop and I thought he was fun and Christmassy enough to pass muster on my son’s home made advent.
In the same shop I found a nice snowflake ivory fabric to be the base, with a red marble dot fabric for the pockets.
I sewed the top/bottom strips on first. I then cut out and sewed the pockets in place, over sewing the tops to define the pockets.
Felt numbers were so tedious to cut out, but they were easier than hand sewing numbers in place. I then put buttons in place to mark the “holes” in the numbers.
I backed the advent with plain calico fabric, and inserted a small baton to give rigidity to help it hang properly.
I wish I could photograph things properly…I swear things look much better in real life!
I have filled it with gold coins and a secret goodies hidden here and there. My little man enjoys putting his hand in the pocket to pull out a treat…but I think he’ll understand it more next year (especially as we can start from Day 1 and I can put some thought into what to fill it with!)
It was a festive project…and now I know how to make one…I want to make another!
I hope you are enjoying your advent calendars on the countdown to Christmas!
Love from me and my little man x