This is sewing kit that allows you to make your very own Christmas advent calendar that you can use year after year! It is a great little project to do with a group of friends over a hot chocolate! It's quite an easy sewing project and it won't take too long, it can be hand sewn, but to save time I would recommend using a machine if you have one. There are some written instructions on the side of the panel, but I will email some extra instructions and a link to a video for extra guidance. Once you're done, you can fill it with your favourite treats, or fun Christmas activities to do.
This Christmas advent panel is called Merry Menagerie and is from Dashwood Studio's 'Merry Menagerie' collection. Dashwood Studio is a UK based textile design company. The panel is very cute and colourful and consists of a front, which features 25 pockets, each decorated with an animal dressed festively, e.g. a lemur with antlers on and a gorilla with an elf hat on. There is also a backing panel, which you attach the pockets to so the insides of the pockets are also colourful and festive.
There are a four different purchase options available, depending on how big your sewing stash is already.
🧵 Panel only: this includes the pocket panel and the panel to sew the pockets onto only. You will need a backing fabric, some wadding (I have used 2oz) and some ribbon or extra fabric to make hanging loops.
I recommend this option if you have lots of spare fabrics and craft bits at home.
🧵 Panel and backing fabric only: this includes the pocket panel, the panel to sew the pockets onto only, and the backing fabric (blue with white stars). You will need some wadding (I have used 2oz) and some ribbon or extra fabric to make hanging loops.
🧵 Panel, backing fabric and ribbon: this includes the pocket panel and the panel to sew the pockets onto only, the backing fabric (blue with white stars) and some gingham ribbon. You will need some wadding (I have used 2oz).
I recommend this option if you are new to sewing and haven't built up a big sewing stash yet.
🧵 Full kit: this includes everything you need to complete your project (except thread). It includes the pocket panel and the panel to sew the pockets onto only, the backing fabric (blue with white stars) and some gingham ribbon and 2oz wadding. This thinner wadding gives the calendar enough body that it sits well against the wall but isn't too bulky that means it's difficult to sew with a regular sewing foot, or is hard to store away the rest of the year.
I recommend this option is you lots have any sewing bits already.
🧵 The calendar is approximately 45cm wide (17.5 inches) wide and 55.5cm (21 7/8 inches) tall (not including the ribbon)
🧵 The ribbon loops are 2.5cm (1 inch) wide and 8cm (3 1/8 inches) tall
🧵 Each pocket is approximately 7.5cm wide (3 inches) and 7cm (2 6/8 inches) tall
The fabric is Cotton. Please be aware that this is not a finished product, this is a DIY sewing kit. I have lots of other panel choices available.