Christmas on a schedule I hope!
June 30, 2012
The temperature in Atlanta will be 100 degrees this weekend. Yet I feel the cold breath of Christmas blowing on me whispering " Have you started your Christmas projects yet?" I am determined not to be trying to finish projects a week before Christmas. I am declaring the 2 weeks before Christmas as a project free zone. The only projects I plan on doing are baking cookies, reading to children and that last run to the mall for the one present that I forgot to buy. (Do I dare regift?) I want to spend time with friends and party creating special memories. I may even wrap my presents early. I am trying to get rid of my procrastinating ways!
Of course, July is the best time to start these projects. I'll be looking around for all the Christmas in July sales. I have learned from experience that by November I'll be lucky to find any of the great Christmas fabrics I want. I have already found some great Christmas collections. There is a retro vintage collection from Riley Blake Designs called Alpine Wonderland. It includes a really easy advent calendar. Because it is an advent calendar, you don't want to make it in December. Sheri McCulley has very cleverly designed this advent calendar with sewing lines and lines to align your pockets. Included with the panel are 24 softies to put in the pockets. The softies feature messages such as baking cookies, sleigh ride, ice skating and more!! Great things to do with the children. There is also a very easy Christmas banner.
There are several ways to make this advent calendar . The instructions printed on the panel are for beginners. There is a video you can view on You Tube for an intermediate version that uses binding. I recommend watching the advent calendar video if you need a visual aid. It is also gives an alternative way to make the softies. The instructions on the panel call for cutting the indiviidual softies and a backing and with right sides together. Sew leaving an opening for turning. Lightly stuff with polyfil and whipstitch opening closed. You are all done. To get the faster way check out the video.
Here are some tips to help you along the way:
1. Read all instructions thoroughly.
2 Backstitch the tops of the pockets to stabilize.
3 If you decide to make tabs for your calendar, remember to make sure they are the same length when you atttach them to the calendar and make sure the seams are facing inside.
Here is my finished calendar
Now that I am off to a good start, maybe I can finish that tree skirt I started last year!
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