Friday, November 30, 2012


I started bookmarking tutorials and inspiration pages at the beginning of this year with the goal of sewing up a pretty advent calendar to hang in my living room for the holidays. I also intended to sew up stockings and a tree skirt, but the advent calendar was a must-sew. As the months progressed, I looked at fabric and design options, always telling myself that I had plenty of time to sew up the calendar. April? Peh. Christmas in July? Everyone was doing that! September? Too busy. And now, today, on November 30th, I finally sat down and decided to sew up that calendar.

Of course, it would be the day my husband is sick. And my two babies are sick. And me? Well, I'm sick too. But I'm pushing through! I rooted through my fabric and found some scraps to match the remaining fabric from my AVMHSTBOF blocks. I sat in my sewing chair and pressed squares while the boys napped, taking breaks to cough and sneeze and sniffle.

I've sewn up all of the pockets, but they mostly need to be attached to the body of the calendar.


And here is the back, which used holiday and non-holiday fabrics alike. Will I finish the quilting and binding today? Probably not. And I don't even want to think about coming up with a bunch of original ideas for pocket contents. But I hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend, and to be honest, I don't think the two-and-a-half-year-old will care all that much if it's a few days late.

What are you up to this weekend? Are you scrambling with holiday plans like me?


  1. Sorry to hear that everyone's sick. =[ I hope you start to feel better soon!

    The advent calendar looks nice - how big is it? (And what size constraints do you have on the pockets? We did candy and mini books in ours, but there are a lot of fun options for pocket-fillers.)

    1. I used 4" unfinished squares for the pockets, so I think it'll be 20" wide finished. Something like that? I didn't want anything too big. I think the pockets will be big enough for small cards with our advent activity and daily verses, and there will even be room for candy! :) My family never really did an advent calendar, so it's been really fun to put together and research pocket-fillers.


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