Linda Feldman of CraftApple joins us today with this lovely design for an Advent Calendar. Join us each Wednesday in October for instructions, and add your progress photos to our In A Pear Tree Advent Calendar Sew-Along Flickr group for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! Find prize details here, and here are Sew-Along Materials Requirements for each of our three projects. Sew along with us!

Linda’s design will help you create a beautiful wall-hanging calendar with 24 windows that open. You can adapt the calendar windows to reveal images of the Christmas season, photos of your family, simple sayings or whatever you choose. We think Linda’s design would be perfect for a “connection” calendar that focuses on the spirit of the holiday season; one idea would be to write the name of a family member or friend behind every leaf and connect with that person that day through a visit, phone call, email or writing a card. We also love this resource for an activity-based calendar, and this tremendous resource for Advent ideas. What will you put in the windows? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win a new sewing book this week!

If there was a project that was made for combining a bunch of fun fabrics from your stash, this is it. One of the things I love about having a stash is pulling fabrics and laying them together, imagining what they’ll look like on a final project.

Post #1 Goals: A) Select fabrics, B) Gather supplies, C) Print pattern pieces, D) Cut fabric

*Hint about selecting fabric: For this project, medium to small prints are best. Large prints will be lost on the small pattern pieces. While the background may be able to handle a large print consider selecting a fabric with a consistent pattern so that the other elements can stand out.

Diagram of Terms

Fabric Requirements (Don’t cut yet! See instructions below for cutting.)

  • Fabric 1: Background – ¾ yard (need ~25” x 25” piece)
  • Fabric 2: Liner – ¾ yard (need ~25” x 25” piece)
  • Fabric 3: Tree trunk (need ~8”x5” piece)
  • Fabric 4: Circle (need ~10”x10” piece)
  • Fabric 5: Large leaves
  • Fabric 6: Pears
  • Fabric 7: Small leaves
  • Fabric 8: Bird
  • Fabric 9: Binding – ½ yard

Supplies

  • Stabilizer: ¾ yard (need 24” x 24” piece”)
  • Fusible webbing: 2 ½ yards (I used Heat’nBond Lite, but Wonder Under would work as well)
  • Pattern pieces (PDF available here)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Disappearing ink fabric marker
  • 24 buttons with only 2 holes in center, ¾” size

Alrighty, after all the supplies are gathered, we are ready to start!

1. Print Pattern Pieces
*Hint: For pattern pieces, consider printing them onto cardstock. Cardstock will stand up to the multiple tracing better than regular printer paper.

When printing the pattern pieces, set page scaling to “none” in the Adobe Acrobat print window. The box marked “1 inch” on page 2 should measure exactly 1”x1”.

2. Prepare Background Fabric
Cut out a 24” x 24” square out of background fabric. Cover entire WRONG side with fusible webbing. Peel off paper backing.

*Hint: When fusing fabric to fabric with fusible webbing, it is best to press without sliding the iron across the fabric. Sliding the iron can cause the fabric to stretch and create wrinkles which are difficult to remove. Instead, press for the appropriate tie, then move the iron to an adjacent spot and continue to press until all the fabric is fused.

3. Prepare Liner Fabric
Cut out a 24” x 24” square out of liner fabric. Lay on background fabric, WRONG sides together. Fuse 2 layers of fabric together.

4. Cut Remaining Pieces
Trace 16 large leaves onto paper backing of fusible web as shown. Fuse large leaf sheet to the WRONG side of leaf fabric. Cut out leaves. Remove paper backing from leaves.

Repeat with remaining pattern pieces: small leaves (cut 4), pears (cut 12), circle (cut 1), trunk cut 1), bird (cut 1). Note: Bird will be reversed when fused.

See you back here next Wednesday for more steps!…

Don’t forget!: Post photos of your progress in the In A Pear Tree Advent Calendar Sew-Along Flickr group each week for a chance to win:

Add a photo of the fabric you’ve selected, the cuts you’ve made… We want to see it all! Every photo enters you to win.

Comment today for your chance to win a new sewing book! We’ll select two winners from the comments each week. This week YOU can win Everything Alice or Sewing with Oilcloth. For book details see this post, and don’t forget to add your progress photo to our Sew-Along Flickr Pools for more chances to WIN!