It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas!

by Connie on December 1, 2012 · 9 comments

When the girls were growing up, one of my wonderful aunts made an Advent Calendar Christmas tree for them.  Every year for the last 25 Christmas seasons, this calendar has been a part of our Christmas tradition.  Passing on this tradition seemed like a great idea so I devoted a few hours to putting one together.  Okay, fessing up time…I started it last December and it got put on the back burner till yesterday when I was cleaning up the sewing studio and found the box of 25 felt ornaments that I had abandoned. The rest of my free time yesterday went to making the tree and pockets.

There. Conscience cleared!

Here are some of the ornaments.  For ideas, I just searched “felt christmas ornaments” and drafted from ideas I found.  They are mostly made with two layers of felt and blanket stitched around the outside. Not sure what was going on with the focus on the camera here!

Doesn’t Santa look like he is sporting a Movember Mustache?!!

I love my Three Wise Men!

Mittens are a great way to get some ornaments done quickly!

You can’t really see the detailing on the trunk!

To make the tree, I freeformed a whimsical looking shaped out of green felt. The tree is about 28 by 31 inches.

I backed it with quilt batting and did some stitching to make it look three dimensional.  Some Christmas ribbon was sewn on to add the look of lights.  I added a trunk and did some free motion quilting on it for bark detail.  I was at a loss about what to do to hang the ornaments on, until I came across some tiny buttons in the shape of trees, gingerbread men and stars.  Along with being functional, they look like little ornaments!

The backing is some red twill that I had in inventory.  I think it was going to be a jacket at some point!  I added some side hems, and casing for a rod at the top.  I turned up the bottom to make the lowest row of pockets.   I added two additional rows of pockets on top of the bottom row. (the pockets are about three and a quarter inches square.)  Cutting out the numbers from felt was t-e d—i-o-u-s!  Best done while watching a good movie!    They were glued on the pockets.

I may be a day late getting this wall hanging to Miss H and Miss B, but they will likely forgive me- especially if I place candy canes in each pocket along with the ornaments.  That’s what grandmothers are for- right?

***Leaving you with some other Handmade for Christmas projects from other years, and some outside decorating.

Paper pieced wall nativity wall hanging.  I finished this while on a trip to Israel.  I think it  is so apt that is a remembrance of that trip!

Living on a farm means that there is always scraps of something laying around to be used!  Leftover 4 x 4′s became 6 sets of Noel decorations!

and some aluminum sheeting and scrap steel were transformed into stars..

Now all we need is snow to transform the decorations into this..

I don’t often (have I ever?) include photos of our cats!  Here is Levi (Lee-Bye if you are 2  and a half!) nestling into fabric and pattern scraps.  That must be the National Pastime for cats who belong to people who sew!

Before I go, I just want to say Thanks for all the support I’ve had returning to blogging!  Your kind words mean so much to me!

Till next time!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate December 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

It looks great mom! I’m excited to get it and start the tradition with Hailey and Brianna!

Micaela December 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I didn’t know you were making a tree like that for them, with the pockets! It looks so good! You should do a tutorial that will go viral on pinterest! Can’t wait for Casey’s next year. :)

T December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

How timely! My daughter asked me (not an hour ago), to make her family an Advent Calendar for next year. I was puzzling how to do it and *presto* you blog about a most delightful one. Thanks!

The Slapdash Sewist December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

That advent calendar was definitely a labor of love! All the little details are so great. They will find something new to notice every year.

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