So we are in late-November, and I have one thing on my mind. It's nearly time to start opening my Advent Calendar.
So here is my step by step guide on how to create your own advent calendar. I have gone for a black and white theme so I can add pops of colour clashing wrapping paper with all the bows frills.
Here is what I used...
- HappyFlex Heat Transfer Vinyl in Black.
- Iron/Heat press
- 1 Meter of White Cotton Fabric
- 5 Meters of Black bias Binding.
- Number Stencil/Silhouette Cutter
- Sewing Machine.
- Tape Measure.
Making The Fabric Advent Calendar
Preheat your iron on to the 2 dots setting which is roughly 150 degrees.
Measure out a rectangle in your white cotton for the main body of the advent calendar. I have used the measurements 45cm x 90cm.
Once you have cut out your fabric, give it an iron.
Begin to pin on the bias binding around the outer edge leaving out the top edge, and then sew into place.
Fold back the top edge by 5cm, and pin. Sew a line straight across the top of the fabric about 4cm from the top edge. This will create an opening for you to thread your wooden dowel through and will allow the advent calendar to hang off of it.
Once you had added your bias binding and given it all another press with the iron, lay the fabric out flat on the floor and measure how big you want your pockets to be. I have gone with 5 pockets per row, and have done 5 rows to be able to fit 25 pockets in. Do you have 25 or 24? Everyone has different.
I have gone for a measurement of 38cm by 10cm. I made a template out of paper to make sure it was a nice straight rectangle. I then cut 5 out of the remaining white fabric. Making sure I had allowed for a 1 cm seam allowance.
Once all 5 stripes are cut out be sure to give them another press with the iron. Then begin to pin the bias binding to one of the longer edges. This will be the top opening of your pockets.
Continue to iron in your seam allowance to the other edges to keep them in place as you will be top stitching these onto the advent calendar.
Pin all 5 stripes onto the body of the advent calendar make sure they are evenly placed.
Begin to topstitch the pocket strip onto the main material, starting with the three outer edges, leaving the bias binding side un-stitched.
Divide with pin the pocket strip into 5 sections and begin to top stitch to create 5 pockets.
Creating/Apply The Vinyl Numbers.
If you do not have a vinyl cutter to create your advent calendar numbers for you, an easy alternative is to use a stencil, which can be brought from Hobbycraft and other craft stores.
Make sure your iron is still on the 2 dot/cotton setting.
Choose the vinyl you want to use for your numbers.
Turn the vinyl carrier side/glossy side down.
With your stencil, also turn it upside down and begin to draw out your numbers, making sure they are back to front. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
Cut out your numbers.
Give your Advent calendar a quick pre-press with the iron. This will get rid of any moisture in the fabric, which will allow the vinyl to adhere to the fabric properly.
Place your numbers into the correct position on each pocket.
Cover them over with greaseproof paper.
Apply the iron over each number and gently apply pressure with the iron to the vinyl. Hold for roughly 10-15 second.
Remove The greaseproof paper.
Begin to peel away the plastic carrier which will be on the top of the vinyl.
Fill each pocket with yummy yummy treats for you to enjoy every morning throughout December on the countdown to Christmas.