advent calendar

I made an advent calendar for my children. Well, I might have been the one who wanted it way more than they did, but you know what I mean :)

I decided to go very simple and, at my oldest daughter's request, not too bright and crazily colorful.

I made four rows of pockets adorned with this totally adorable Merry Christmas ribbon, hand drawn and stitched the numbers on using black perle cotton, and attached the rows to the main fabric. Very rustic and handmade looking, isn't it? I think that's what I like about it the most.

I then added three loops for hanging and finished the calendar by placing the main panel and backing right sides together, stitching all the way around leaving about 6" gap on the bottom for turning. Oh yeah, and I put a layer of batting in the middle to make the calendar a little bit more sturdy.

I love how this black and white stripe brings such an unexpected boldness to this otherwise very subtle and understated advent calendar.

Now just to think of all the fun goodies to fill it with and we're ready for the countdown. Yay, I do really, really love Christmas. It's definitely my favorite time of the year.

Thanks for reading. Svetlana

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