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Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar
24 Mini Felt Toys to Make for Christmas
BY Sachiyo Ishii

Search Press
2 July 2018/ ISBN 9781782214915
How-To Books/Needlecraft / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Make an advent calendar out of felt and fill the pockets with twenty-four cute felt toys. It will become a favorite Christmas decoration for years to come, and is simple and fun to make even for sewing novices and children.

As each day of advent dawns you can add a toy into a numbered pocket until they are all full up and it is Christmas Day. The wee toys can also be made separately to hang on a tree, use as bunting or give as tiny gifts. Most of the items you need to make this are sewing basics, plus the felt and some foam board to back the calendar and make it sturdier. I like the way that this can be omitted if you want to roll it up, meaning that it is suitable for whatever storage method you use for your decorations. The calendar base is simple to make and well explained through words and diagrams plus a few photographs. Each toy has written instructions, templates, a list of what you need in metric and imperial plus a photograph of the finished item. The toys are quite fiddly being small but not difficult to construct, although I think that if you have never picked up a needle before it would be best to invest in a book for beginners first. One thing you won’t need is a sewing machine as it is all done by hand, making it the sort of project ideal for groups or families on long autumn nights. It is easy to select which toy you want to make as there is a handy selector at the front with thumbnail photographs. Choose from seasonal characters like Santa, elf or Rudolph, wildlife favorites owl, bear and robin or Christmas symbols like a gingerbread man, candy cane, wreath etc. Put together it all looks most impressive, and even the book will put you in a festive mood as every page has a snowflake pattern on it. A lovely book that is sure to appeal to a wide range of crafters.

If you cannot find a good range of felt and sewing materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Reviews of other titles by this author

Mini Knitted Safari
Mini Knitted Woodland
Mini Knitted Toys
Tiny Christmas Toys To Knit
 Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2018