Because every day should start with chocolate... I decided to sew our own advent calendar this year! I wanted something more special to share with our daughter in anticipation for Christmas than cheap chocolates popped out of a cardboard calendar (I ate those myself for years... so I'm not judging!).
I used a selection of fabrics (including some raw silk leftovers from my wedding dress) to make the flags 'cones'. Next, I cut small squares of raw canvas (fraying the edges) and used gold paint to number each one. The numbers were then pinned onto the flags with decorative brads.
Sewing them into conical shapes creates a pocket at the back which I could place the goodies into for each day...
Azriel is a big fan of this part - "oooohing" in delight to get her wee pudgers onto a Hershey kiss! Each day has a printed out verse too that I found from this source.
Lucky for mama, she agrees to share - in true Christmas spirit. ;o)
Mewsli & Tinderpuff give their approval too. Thankfully they don't mind sharing the large picture window where I hung our banner.
Now, this isn't my normal d.i.y post for projects since it wasn't super fast.stupid easy to do... (every element had to be done 24 times which was pushing the limits of my creative attention span!) But here's a shot of the basic 'pattern' if you want to wing your own version:
That's right.... take a square paper and fold two corners to meet in the middle... now you have the 'diamond' shape to cut your fabric from. I sewed up this middle line on each piece of fabric and then flipped it right side out to make the 'cones'.
Over the next couple of weeks I'll keep showing you more handmade Christmas projects I've done around our nest.
Hope your homes are feeling merry and bright!