Quilted Advent Calendar

I participated in a really fun Christmas swap over on Craftster this holiday season. It was called the Ho Ho Ho swap and we sent our partner 3 items (one for each ho) that aligned with a theme they had selected.

My partner's theme was 'blue and white winter'. She mentioned to me that she creates personalized advent calendars for her family each year but she didn't have one of her own... until now!

I had a great (and sometimes challenging) time creating this calendar for her. I really like the non-traditional holiday fabrics. I feel like it has a chilly feel to it!

I filled each pocket with a little craft supply like a small bobbin of ribbon, a few buttons or a fat eighth of fabric.

The back has small pockets at the top corners so it can be hung using a dowel. My partner actually hung it on an easel which I thought was a clever idea!

The design of this was inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's advent calendar tutorial but I did a number of things different.

I decided to do 25 pockets instead of 24 and I lined mine up horizontally and vertically instead of the off center placement in the original version.

Also, rather than appliquéing on fabric numbers, I used twill tape, number stamps and permanent ink.

I measured 1.5" down from the top of the exterior pocket piece. I then used a fabric glue stick to keep the twill tape it in place while I sewed it down. I found this worked much better than trying to pin it.

I top stitched the tape down on both the top and bottom of the strip.

I stamped after sewing the tape down because I didn't want to stitch over the numbers. I used StazOn ink since it's permanent and can be washed without fading.

For the rest of the pocket, I followed the directions in the tutorial.

I still feel very self conscious about my quilting skills. I learn something new each time I take on a project though. This time, I learned to press and not iron!! I had a fair amount of puckering at some of the joints because I stretched the fabric too much. I'll know better next time :).

For the small swap items, I sent a journal, an embroidered snowflake ornament and a set of glittered gift tags and cards -  all with my partner's blue and white winter theme in mind.

I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and finishing up your crafty gifts and shopping lists! I expect I'll be doing the usual last minute crafting scramble in the coming weeks :).


eat. sleep. MAKE. said...

Wow your partner is lucky to get such a thoughtful gift that took a lot of work! I love the fabrics you used, very pretty!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

What a neat advent calendar! I'm sure she loved it!! I'm glad you mentioned the fabric glue stick and the stamp ink -- I had not heard of them (I do very little sewing or anything with fabrics) but have a great use for both of them! Yay!

meet.make.laugh. said...

You are just so talented in so many different craft forms! This is LOVELY!

Trekky said...

Wow! That is beautiful! I love that you filled it with little crafty gifts. Such a great finishing touch!

Erica said...

Mareth!! WOW! This is amazing! You really do love turquoise for Christmas. This is such a thoughtful gift. Your friend will be thrilled!

I also love the three gift Ho!Ho!Ho! theme... so cute! :)

Flaming Nora said...

Wow, your swap partner is one lucky lady! Love all the really thoughtful little gifts you put in it. Fab stuff.

craftmates said...

Your swap partner is so lucky! What a beautiful advent calendar. I'm sure she will enjoy it! - Irma

Theresia (Minori Design) said...

Just what I was looking for...... beautiful!
I don't like the traditional ones! I will be making this one for our new home to use next year :)
Thank you for sharing!!
Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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Leslie Andersen said...

It's really beautiful! How nice that in your partner's family they each have their own Advent calendar--and this one is probably the best of the bunch! I love the colors so much. Lovely work as always.

rubyslipperz said...

What a REALLY creative idea!!! One more project that "shows to go ya" how really talented you are! What a lucky person to get such a cool gift!


Summer said...

LOVE that journal and cross-stitch! sooo cute :)


Helen said...

WOW - this is fabulous!

Well done and great job on everything!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Wow, what a great gift! I'm sure your swap partner was really excited to receive this!

Duni said...

WOW - how wonderful is that!!I'm sure she was thrilled! I only realized how big the calendar was in the second picture ;-)
I love that you put crafty bits into the pockets. Just lovely!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

That's such a thoughtful gift! I bet she'll love it. Your whole theme for her turned out just beautifully.

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

One of the best advent calendars I have seen! It sure beats mine - if you could even call mine an advent calendar - a magnetic board that you just move the magnet to the next day. That is not very fun, is it? lol.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow - I love the colour scheme. I am sure your exchage partner wil be thrilled.
Aimee from Craftmates

Additionsstyle said...

Your Quilt looks amazing, what a wonderful gift!! I'm sure your partner was trilled when she received it.
Everyday Inspired

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