DIY Fabric Advent Calendar

The S Box is a crafty monthly subscription box launch from haberdashery store The Stichery and November’s box is Nordic Noel* (£14.95 per month from The Stitchery) – a Christmas-themed box of fabric, ribbon, thread and embellishments treats. I’ve created and made my own DIY fabric advent calendar using the contents of this month’s box and I wanted to share the tutorial with you.

The S Box November 2016

The S Box is really good value for money if you are into crafting, sewing and doing your own DIY projects. You get a curated selection of matching, themed essentials to create at least three different makes with. In November’s Nordic Noel box you get three large pieces of patterned fabric, one large piece of thicker backing fabric, three different coloured sheets of 30cm sq felt, three different coloured embroidery threads, a selection of different patterned ribbon metres, a bobbin of invisible thread, some bells and buttons, a blank wooden tag and a small bag of dried lavender.

To make the advent calendar, I used the gingham fabric from the box as well as the thicker calico backing fabric. I also used one of the ribbons, the invisible thread, my own scissors, my own white thread and a needle. I chose to write my numbers on with my own metallic pen, but you could embroider them on with the threads in the box too.

First, cut out a large rectangle of your pattered fabric and a smaller rectangle to fit just inside this of your backing fabric. With the needle and thread, fold over the edges of patterned fabric and sew all the way round until you have a neat rectangle. Then, along the two shorter edges of the rectangle, border these with your ribbon and sew a little hoop of ribbon onto the centre of one of these shorter edges. This will be the top of your advent calendar.

Next, decide whether you want an advent calendar with 24 or 12 pockets – I went for 12. Layer all three of the felt pieces together and draw round and appropriate square object to create the right number of pockets you need. Sew these on to the front of your advent calendar, equally spaced, with the tops of each pocket left un-sewn so that you can fill the pockets with treats.

Finally, either write on or embroider the numbers onto the front of your pockets, then hang up your calendar ready for December.

Have you made any Christmas crafts yet?

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