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Advent Calendar Sew Along

November 11, 2013

I’ve been working away on projects here and I have so many things to share.  A few weeks ago I posted a Handmade Occasions collection on DIY Advent Calendars. At first I though I would use one of those tutorials, but then inspiration struck. I figured there maybe someone out there who would like to sew along with me, so I’m posting a tutorial and the pattern for my Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar.

Advent Calendar Sew Along: Strings and Yarn

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Strings and Yarn Advent Calendar Sew Along
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What you will need:

  • Advent Calendar Tree Pattern
  • 1 yard main fabric 60″ or 1 3/4 yard 44″
  • 1 piece of batting 30″x 25″
  • 3 yards of double fold bias tape
  • 24 buttons
  • 1 snap
  • various pieces of felt at least 4″x 4″
  • 1/8″ wide ribbon
  • decorations of your choice (more on that later)

This advent calendar will be a quilted tree with buttons to hang the ornaments by. We’ll make and decorate felt pocket ornaments for each day.

Let’s get started with our tree!

Assemble your pattern after printing it out.

Cut out Tree pattern
Cut out 2 trees from your fabric and 1 tree from your batting. I am using swiss dot for my fabric since it reminds me of snow. As you can tell from the photo above, I like to trace my pattern and then cut it out. We are going to bind the edges so you don’t have to worry about the ink washing or disappearing.

Tree Quilt Sandwich

Then make your quilt sandwich (right side down/batting/right side up) I used safety pins to keep mine together, but I know the quilt spray adhesive is probably the easiest. Pins were what I had.

Quilting Pattern

Then decide what quilt pattern you want to do. I did a swirl pattern. A great place to start is to google christmas tree clip art. I thought the swirls would go well with this particular tree shape and complement the curvy points.

Quilt Pattern on Tree Advent Calendar

I free motion quilted this tree. It’s actually the first real project I did any free motion on (hence the squiggles).

Next time we will put on the binding and the buttons. Looking forward to seeing your projects!

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