Yesterday I posted about the advent calendar I put together for our family.
Here's how I did it:
- I measured the Ghiradelli square to see what size my pocket would need to be, and added enough allowance for seams (about an extra 1/4 inch all around). I cut out a template for cutting out the squares.
- I then measured the spacing I would need between, under and above each pocket (essentially I eyeballed it, but it was about 1/2" between & 1" under each pocket) and determined the dimensions of the background. To that I added an extra inch on each side, top and bottom. (I cut out two of these pieces so that the front and back looked polished.)
- I found a dowel rod in the studio and looped a piece of fabric around it to determine how much height I would need to make the pocket for the dowel rod. Again, I added an inch to that for seam allowance.
- I cut out all the pieces and sewed the front piece and back piece to the rod-pocket piece only.
- I also pressed the seam allowances in on all the pockets and sewed a finishing seam on the top edge of each pocket.
- I then printed out numbers at 212 pt on cardstock to use as a template for the pocket numbers; I then traced these and cut them out of fabric scraps. I used iron-on tape to adhere them to the pocket fronts.
- I pressed the bottom hem on the calendar front and back pieces so I was certain of the "top and bottom margins" of the front piece.
- Once all the pockets were prepared, I pinned them on the front piece, making sure all the spaces were even and remembering to take into account the side seam allowances of the front piece.
- I sewed around the sides and bottoms of all the pockets.
- Then, I turned everything so that the wrong sides were facing and sewed up the sides of the calendar, stopping just before the rod pocket piece.
- Turning everything right sides out, I folded in the sides of the rod pocket to match the side seams, and hemmed the bottom to tidy it up.
- Now it's time to slip in the rod and tie a ribbon to it so it can be hung up, filled, and enjoyed!
The solid red pockets are made from an old T-shirt. I used the bottom hem of the t-shirt as the top edge of the pockets -- on less edge to finish!
Green pockets are Hobby Lobby's Brother and Sister brand quilting cotton.
Red Gingham was a remnant I purchased -- also quilting cotton.
Numbers are all made from felt, the t-shirt mentioned above, or scraps from the back piece of the calendar.
Special thanks to Crafty Kathleen over at Etsy for the birdy fabric I used as the front of the calendar. It's to die for!
Back piece of calendar was another fabric remnant in red ticking.