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Sew Advent Calendars
Debbie Shore

Search Press
20 June 2017/ ISBN 9781782214885
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Instead of buying ready-made advent calendars, why not make your own? There are twenty different types in this book all made from fabric and suitable for all levels of expertise, even children.

I could say also suitable for the family dog, as there is a delightful dachshund shaped one – you will have to use your imagination to change it for cats. If, like me, you are mostly familiar with the flat type with windows or the hanging type with pockets, prepare to be amazed with the sheer variety of calendars in here. From a rag doll holding a chalk board to bunting, wee bags, number cubes (think perpetual calendar), a snowman, cone shaped trees and my own favorite, a train, you will be spoilt for choice. There are several types of bunting and the type with pockets in too, all different shapes and styles for displaying in different spaces. Basic sewing equipment and skills are required but nothing more, and special techniques are limited to a couple of embroidery stitches and making (and attaching) bias binding. There is a list of ideas for the treats to insert, and some ideas for different numbering options plus a page showing small thumbnails of the calendars for easy selection. Each project features a large photo of the item in situ plus a list of what you need, finished size and several steps with photographs. The mitten bunting is a simple project that children can make by hand, a nice touch, and many of the other calendars have simple parts that younger family members (or beginner stitchers) can make easily. An imaginative book that a wide range of abilities can get a lot of fun out of.

If you cannot find a good range of cotton fabric locally, try for a list of suppliers.

Reviews of other titles by this author

Making Cushion Covers
Half Yard Home
Half Yard Christmas
Quilted Covers and Cosies
Sewing Room Accessories
Half Yard Vintage

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017