Wednesday

Advent Calendar



I just love Christmas!

Especially now that I have three little grandsons who need all the goodies and crafty things I so love to make.
This past week I went to a really nice quilt shop,  click here to see my post on the shop.


While goo-gooing over all the inventory in the shop I found a panel to put together to make the cutest Advent Calendar.  Then got started right away to get it finish  for my Christmas box delivery to Guam.  It can take up to a month to get there depending on how speedy the trucks, planes and ships are?



Once I had all the pieces cut, over turned seams ironed flat, I began sewing it all together.



The dated pockets were sewn to create a pull out, rather than flat on the backing and this will allow me to put more than one little toy in each (with three grandsons, I can't put only one).


After finishing the front panel I then used low loft batting and muslin for the backing, then began to hand quilt around the snowman....


For the hang I used a simple red twine inserted into the top seam on both sides.


I found some cute little snowmen to put into the pockets.. for the treat, when the kids do the 24 day countdown until Christmas.



The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th Century. The first styles came from the protestant area.  So religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve.
The first known Advent Calendar which was made by handwork is from the year 1851

I know my daughter and her family will love to use my version of the Advent Calendar for years to come.




13 comments:

La said...

Adorable! Your grandkids will love it! La

Karen said...

Sandy, that is the cutest Advent calendar ever, your grandsons are going to love it. What a wonderful keepsake. You are so industrious!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is just adorable! I'm sure the kids will love it. I used to have one when my kids were little.

the cape on the corner said...

that is a wonderful advent calendar-i really like the snowman. i know your family will love it!

it's nice to hear from you! glad you liked the post, and that peach pie sounds deelish with some cinnamon!

Atelier de Charo said...

Love it!!

Suzy said...

Great job! Very cute!
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Janlynn said...

So cute! You did a super job.

Kim said...

Love it! This is such a cute project and those "pre-mades" make things so simple.

madefor3 said...

Hi, visting from Madefor3...

Love your projects :) will stop by more often....

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Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

This is gorgeous. What a great idea to buy a kit.

And what an amazing grandmother you are to take the time to make it for your grandchildren.
They'll LOVE it!

I'm glad you feel the same about having a lovely bed to get into at the end of each day.

I laughed to myself at your 'when I can get in to it'! I'm not surprised you're busy, making beautiful things like this!!

Sarahx

Pondside said...

That is a very cute Advent calendar! I've go one on the go for my two grandsons. My son will be out here at the end of November, so that's my deadline.

EG Wow said...

Lucky grandsons! Your work is fun and well made!