In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 3

on October 19 | in Handmade Holidays, In a Pear Tree Advent Calender Sew-Along, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 27 Comments

Linda Feldman from CraftApple joins us today for Part 3 in the Advent Calendar Sew-Along. Find a supply list, cutting instructions and ideas for the Advent windows in Part 1, and learn how to assemble the front of the calendar in Part 2.

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Post #3 Goals: Cut out Leaf + Pear Openings, Add Optional Clip Art

1. Mark Folds on Large Leaves
Using the large leaf pattern piece and vanishing marker, mark where the fold will be on the large leaves.

2. Mark Folds on Ground Pears
Similarly, using the pear pattern piece and vanishing marker, mark where the fold will be on the 8 ground pears.

3. Cut Flaps
The openings for the large leaves and pears will be cut exactly the same size as the leaf and pear fabric pieces. Make the first cut using a rotary cutter. Cut out openings like this: On a straight edge, press the rotary cutter through all layers, but do not roll the rotary cutter. Do this to each leaf and each pear. Using these holes as a starting point for your scissors, cut flaps from fold line to fold line.

4. Mark Openings on Stabilizer
Lay the advent calendar on the stabilizer piece, with all edges flush. Opening one leaf at a time, trace the shape of the opening onto the stabilizer with a pencil.

5. Find Clip Art/Words/Family Photos, etc. to Fill in Windows
Holiday clip art can be found all over the web. In looking for images be aware that the openings of the leaves and pears are a 2” circle. If printing images, consider printing them onto sturdy cardstock. After printing, fuse the back of each sheet with fusible webbing. Cut out the shapes slightly larger than the window opening and remove the paper backing.

Another option is to cut out paper pieces and have you or your children draw images that remind them of Christmas. If doing this, fuse webbing to the back of the paper before cutting.

Note: I have not placed numbers on this advent calendar, but there is an order to the windows that can be used easily by children, shown below.

6. Arrange Images on Openings
Fuse images into place on the stabilizer.

*Hint: If you are concerned about getting ink stains on your iron plate, consider using a press cloth between your iron and the paper images.

7. Prepare Stabilizer
Apply 1” strips of fusible webbing around all 4 edges of the stabilizer piece, making sure there is ½” clearance along the outside edge. Leftover fusible webbing scraps can be used here.

Remove paper backing.

8. Fuse Fabric to Stabilizer
Lay advent calendar on top of stabilizer, making sure the windows are placed accurately over their corresponding images. Fuse fabric to stabilizer along the edges.

In the next post we’ll finish the project!

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27 Responses to In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 3

  1. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation however I to find this matter to be really one thing that I feel I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very huge for me. I’m taking a look forward in your next post, I’ll attempt to get the hold of it!

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  3. Roslyn Power says:

    Hi all, I was very unwell last week spent 4 days in bed so am only now catching up on cutting all the leaves and pear windows from last Wednesdays lesson.
    I am really happy with how it is all going.Thanks.
    (((HUGS))) Roz.

  4. Julia says:

    Big task this week! Excited to get going on it.

  5. Ginger says:

    Glad to see the progress.

  6. Craft Apple says:

    Kerry, Your leaves should be fused onto the background. You cut the leaf out from fold line to fold line through all the fabric layers. When you cut through the background and liner fabric, the liner fabric will be what you see when the window is open.

    Hope this makes sense. Feel free to go to the Flickr group and start a discussion!

  7. Mhairi says:

    Still loving this. Especially the flaps and hidden images.
    Thanks once again for a great tutorial

  8. Kerry says:

    Sorry… I’m not tracking how to make the openings. Do I trace the entire leaf and pear onto the background fabric and just cut through one layer of the fused sandwich?
    Was I supposed to make the pears and leaves double sided fabric?
    Help! Thanks. 🙂

  9. Gina Shelley says:

    I am having so much fun participating in this advent calendar sew-along! It’s going to make a great gift.

  10. VickiT says:

    This is such a great Advent calendar. I really love the non-traditional Christmas look to this one and the fabrics being used.

  11. Ramona says:

    I want to make this but just haven’t had time to start it. Hopefully soon.

  12. kirsten says:

    i wish i had more time to make this!

  13. Sarah says:

    I did not know that you can fuse paper right on the stabilizer!

  14. Peggy says:

    I’ve gotten behind so I have to fuse and stitch the small pieces as well as cut the openings this week. I WILL be ready to finish by next week. 🙂

  15. carolyn says:

    How sweet is this?!

  16. Christine says:

    I have enjoyed watching this being constructed.

  17. Makoto says:

    You are so talented! I wish I had more time to do craft but I have 3 small children. But, I do a bit of embroidery. My girls and I made donuts with origami today. We have so many cute craft books in Japan. Thanks for sharing your amazing work online. : )

  18. Katrina H says:

    The construction looks interesting!

  19. Melissa says:

    I love this project and hope I’ll get motivated to DO it! Thanks!

  20. MaryBeth says:

    What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Jacque says:

    I love this design…I have been searching for an advent calendar pattern, and I’m going to try this one!

  22. Annie says:

    This would be tempting to leave up after the holidays…so pretty!

  23. alison says:

    Just love this idea for an advent calendar!

  24. sarah says:

    Loving this project, but wondering what kind of stabilizer should I use?

  25. lucy says:

    this is turning out so cute 🙂 can’t wait to finish mine 🙂

  26. Jen says:

    I wondered about the lack of numbers on the calendar! I’m trying to make a different Advent calendar this year that also doesn’t have numbers on it, and worried that it would be too …. abstract? This makes me feel a bit better about it.

  27. laura says:

    What an adorable advent calendar!

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