In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 4

on October 26 | in Handmade Holidays, In a Pear Tree Advent Calender Sew-Along, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 16 Comments

Today we have our final instructions for the Advent Calendar Sew-Along from Linda Feldman of Craft Apple! Add your progress photos (and show off that finished calendar!) in our In A Pear Tree Advent Calendar Sew-Along Flickr group for a chance to win Craft Apple sewing patterns!

For cutting instructions and ideas for the Advent windows see Part 1. Learn how to assemble the front of the calendar in Part 2. In Part 3 you cut leaf and pear openings, and add optional art for the windows.

Post #4 Goal: Add Buttons, Bind and Finish

1. Attach Buttons
With a small dot of glue to the back of each button, place 16 around the inside of the circle as shown and 8 along the tops of each pear. Make sure the glue will not interfere with sewing through the holes or interfere with holding the windows open. Buttons should line up with the leaves. Note the orientation of the holes in the buttons to the leaves. Making sure the button holes are placed this way will make room under the button to hold the windows open.

Stitch the buttons in place, sewing through all layers.

*Hint: I used my machine to stitch the buttons. I did NOT use my button sew-on presser foot because it allows buttons to be loose for use in clothing items that will actually be buttoned. For this project, the buttons should be sewn on tightly. Any open-front presser foot will work here.

2. Create Binding
From binding fabric, cut 2” strips and join them together until you have a continuous strip that is at least 110” long.

Join 2 strips as shown, RIGHT sides together laid perpendicularly. Stitch at a 45º angle.

Snip excess fabric, leaving ~ ¼” seam allowance.

Open fabric strip and press seam allowance flat.

3. Bind the Calendar
This next part is much easier to show with diagrams (pardon the inconsistency).

Fold over one short end of strip ½” toward the WRONG side. This folded end will be where you begin your binding. Starting in the center of a long side, begin laying the binding along the edge of background, RIGHT sides together. Starting ~5” from the fold, stitch the binding to the background (through all layers) using a ½” seam allowance. Stop sewing at the corner ½” from the edge (shown with dot) and snip thread.

At the corner, fold the binding up as shown…

… And fold back down so that the raw edge is flush with the raw edge of the background. Start sewing from the top of the corner and continue sewing, treating each corner in the same way.

Stop sewing 1” before you reach the folded edge of the binding where you began. Let binding over lap 1½” and trim away extra binding. Sew across the gap in stitching.

Now back to pictures!

Here’s a shot of the binding that has been sewn on:

Flip binding toward outside and press.

Continue to fold binding toward the back. Pin in place and stitch around entire calendar, stitching in the ditch, securing the binding to the back of the calendar.

What does “stitch in the ditch” mean? When you fold the binding up toward the back, the “ditch” is where the binding and the background come together on the front of the calendar. Stitching with your needle dropping into the ditch is referred to as “stitching in the ditch” and should be almost invisible from the front. For some machines, a “stitch in the ditch” presser foot is available.

4. Attach the Ribbon (optional)
The ribbon on this calendar is decorative. This calendar will easily lean against a wall or rest on a shelf. If a ribbon is desired, snip ribbon to desired length and attach by securing it to the back of the calendar with pins and stitching in the ditch to attach. My ribbon is centered with an 11” space in between ends. Please note that with hanging, the stabilizer may not hold its shape well.

Congratulations, you’re done! Thanks so much for sewing along with me!

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16 Responses to In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 4

  1. Beezus says:

    Finally got mine done, but no pics to flickr until after December 1 — I made it as a gift for my MIL and she has a flickr account, too! Definitely don’t want to give this surprise away. Just wanted to say thanks for putting this tutorial together! :)

  2. Cathi says:

    The info on this blog is useful.

  3. MarciaW says:

    This turned out very pretty.

  4. Sarah says:

    Amazing! Really beautiful project! I love the yellow poka dot background fabric! This is really adorable!

  5. Mhairi says:

    Really love this. Will be making one in November in bright colours I think so it can be used year round for birthdays and the like too.
    Thanks for a great tutorial.

  6. Debbie says:

    Beautiful!

  7. Muriel says:

    Thanks for your comment, Linda! I thought there was going to be a special method or something to attach the bird when it was left of in the previous steps, otherwise I would have attached it at the same time as the other parts.
    What I did now was fuse it over the quilting which makes it look a bit special, so that’s a good thing. I also sewed it in place but that was quite hard because I have used a fusible stabiliser which makes the whole calendar a bit inflexible, I managed though!
    I have the buttons and the binding to sew before I finish the project. It has been fun so far. I’ll show my end result in the Flickr group as soon as possible!

  8. Christine says:

    It looks so pretty!

  9. Sonja says:

    I really like it!
    I´ll try to make one for next year!

  10. PennyDog says:

    Excited about finishing this! As Muriel says, the bird bit was left off, though I guess it could be put on when you stitch through the layers in week 2, before cutting out the windows? I haven’t put mine on yet and I’ve nearly finished week 3 (done the cutting but not the window art yet- waiting on some t-shirt transfer paper to do it a little differently) but I’m going to just before I start the week 4 instructions.

  11. Craft Apple says:

    Muriel, I think you’re right! The bird can be attached at the very end if necessary – just fuse it on in the desired location. Sorry about that oversight.

  12. Glenys says:

    Yay! It finished.

  13. Ginger says:

    Love the final outcome!

  14. Jessica E says:

    Man, I am so far behind!! I’ve been so busy trying to finish fall projects, I haven’t even done week 3. boo. Hopefully I’ll get back in the swing soon :)

  15. Lisa G. says:

    I really want to try this!! I love how the pear tree forms a cross so it can be religious for the holidays as well!

  16. Muriel says:

    Did I miss the step where you attach the bird?

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