Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Advent Calendar

I've wanted to make an Advent Calendar since forever. I see so many great handmade examples out there and I hate the cheap ones you see at the stores, but I just never made the time to make one. Then Jill over at Homemade By Jill started an Advent Sew-Along! She made it sound easy:: do a little at a time and hopefully, by December 1st, you'll have completed it! There are lots of other people sewing along with her and they are sharing ideas, links, patterns for the little ornaments and more!

I've decided this is the year to finally make my own and I've really enjoyed it so far. I haven't sewed the backing yet, but I've cut out the little pockets and sewed the numbers on them and I have all my little felt pieces cut out for the ornaments and all I have to do is assemble them and sew them together. My sewing machine is out of commission, but I hope to remedy that soon, so I can make the backing and sew the pockets and the tree on before December 1st.

Here are the ornaments I've finished so far:: snowman, dove, ornament, candy cane, gingerbread man, peppermint, light bulbs, candy ribbon, 4 presents (one for each kid). Hard to tell in the picture, but they are tiny ornaments! The peppermint is close to actual size!

I really like the ribbon candy one. I wanted to make some of my own ornaments that mean something to us... I grew up always having ribbon candy for Christmas, so I had to make one. I made it up, but it's pretty simple and I love how it turned out.

Here are the ones I still need to finish. They're all cut out, so it's just a matter of assembling them. I have 4 stockings for each kid, and each one will have their first initial on it; you can see the 'P' on one for Peter. I let the girls pick out the colors for their stockings. I made up the poinsettia one, I love poinsettias, but we never get one because we have cats and apparently they're poisonous to cats. I love my cats more, so I enjoy poinsettias from afar. I did french knots in the center and it was my first time doing french knots! I'm looking forward to finishing that one and seeing how it turns out.
Almost all the Advent calendars I've seen have 24 days to count down to Christmas, a few have 25. I'm partial to the 25, so I'm making mine with 25 days. The very last day, Christmas Day, will be the star to hang on the tree. I can't wait to finish this and hang it up and watch the kids take out an ornament every day.
My mom says it'll be a family heirloom when I finish it. I never thought about it that way, but it does appeal to me-- taking it out every year and watching the kids count down the days to Christmas. I imagine that when they are grown and out on their own, maybe they'll ask for it and they can take turns who gets to keep it for Christmas that year. Maybe I'll end up making one for each child to use for their own children? Who knows... it's too far off to think about now, I'll just enjoy the one I'm making.
I'll post more pictures as I go, and hopefully I get this done before December begins!


Cheyenne said...

What a neat idea for your family. It looks realy good so far, so I hope you share the remainder of the ornaments with us when it's all finished.

A family heirloom? Hmmm? Which child gets to keep it?

Sugar said...

You're the original earth mother! You can craft and can delish things to eat all the while raising little 'uns and being the consummate wife and daughter! :)
Your mom is right, your advent ornaments will become a family heirloom ... better make one for each child! :)

Angela said...

I love it! Looks fantastic. My steps were all muddled too but I think as long as there is something to pull out of the Dec 1st pocket on that day then all is good! have a great day.

jenny said...

Cheyenne-- I'll probably end up making one for each kid as they grow up and leave the home. Wait and see! :o) That's still a long way off!!

Sugar-- Thanks sweetie! I sure would like to be an earth mother.. I still have a lot to learn, though. I have an idea for a different advent calendar, so chances are, the kids will probably each get their own.

Angela-- Thanks!! I agree, as long as the main part of the calendar is finished, all is good! Coming along pretty well so far!! :o)