My latest crafty project is the Advent Calendars I made. Here is a reblog from my sewing blog post: https://crazy8sews.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/sewn-advent-calendars-finished/
This is PART 2 of this sewing project.
For PART 1 see my Advent Calendar post.
SO I did finish these in time to give them to my grandchildren and married daughter before December 1st. But just barely 🙂 We went and visited the grandkids that are out of state and in state the last weekend in November and delivered all of them.
Here is what I did to finish them up…
I had to wait to go to my moms to get the batting I used for these quilted Advent Calendars. She had the largest roll of batting I had ever seen in my life.
I cut the batting to the same size as the advent calendar backing pieces. Then placed the batting on the bottom, the front backing on top with the wrong side facing the batting, and the backing piece with the right side facing the front backing piece. As you can see above.
I pinned these pieces together and trimmed them so that all three layers were the same size. I had found that in my cutting with scissors at home I had not done it totally straight. So using my moms rotary cutter I was able to make the most beautifully straight edges. I now own my own rotary cutter, btw 😉
While sewing around the edges I was careful to watch and make sure that all the layers stayed together. Even though they are pinned the layers sometimes do not stay together perfectly.
When I got to the corner I stuck my needle into the three fabric layers.
Lifted the presser foot and turned the fabric.
And lowered the presser foot and kept on sewing.
As you can see by these two photos I made sure to leave an opening for when I was finished. I used this whole to turn the entire piece inside out which was in reality right side out 🙂
Next…. now that all the sewing was done I clipped all the 4 corners so that when I turned it right side out the corner would not be bulky.
Here is the clipping of the corners.
Then for the turning of the masterpiece…
Here is the very beginning of the turning process. I am shoving the batting and fabric up through that hole I left for turning the project right side out.
Here it is halfway done. This was the hardest part because the bulkiest part of the project was being pushed through. I was hoping it would make it. I was hoping the hole I left was large enough for this.
The hole was big enough!! Here is the end of pushing the inside into the project. I was like a bag I turned inside out.
Here is the project turned and waiting for the finishing edging.
I then sewed a really tight 1/4″ seam around the edges to keep the batting in place inside the calendar.
I had to figure out a way to hang this up. I had a lot of ideas and finally settled on a tube across the top to slide a dowel through and tie a string on. My mom in her wealth of “it may come in useful someday” stuff had 5 leftover linen calendar rods and strings. Just what I needed. Glad she had not thrown them away.
The tube I made was from the seam binding I had made that I did not end up using as seam binding. It matched perfectly and was just the right size for the dowels. You can see the dowel tubes in the picture below.
I decided to add fabric paint numbers to the calendars. I was worried the paint would go through and stick to the front backing fabric. My mom had a collection of old business cards that the kids cut in half and put into each pocket for me. This is Artist, Pilot, and Director hard at work placing a card in each pocket.
Here is a calendar with the decorative edges sewn, the dowel tube across the top, the dowel in and string tied, and the cards in the pockets waiting for their fabric paint numbers to be added.
I had to do the numbers the same day as all of the above steps in order for them to dry by the next day. I told you I got them done barely in time to deliver them the next day.
This one above is the one I made for my married daughter and her husband. They are expecting our 5th grandbaby in May.
This one above is for our granddaughters who live here in state. They are 1 & 2 years old and are my oldest son Gamers children.
This one above is for our oldest granddaughter Sam.
This one above is for our granddaughter Lillian.
Finally this is ours that is hanging in our house.
I made up little papers that are in each pocket. They are things like:
- read a Christmas story
- make a Christmas decoration
- go see Christmas lights
- read a Christmas story
- make a gingerbread house
There is a paper in each pocket along with a candy for each child.
The idea is that all these cousins are living so far apart but if they do what is on their little note then they know their cousins may be doing the same thing as they are. It is a way to keep them connected over the miles.
On the back of the calendars is a hand stitched note: “Love Grandma”
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my self designed advent calendars.
What crafts have you made for Christmas this year?