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 www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
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Your Own Felt Advent Calendar