advent sew-along: week 2

How's your advent coming along?  I just barely finished my week 1 assignment late last night.  Ruby has been trying to thwart my progress, but I learned this week that it is possible to hold a sleeping baby and embroider at the same time.  I couldn't fall behind in the first week!

This is what my advent looks like so far:


It is a little more colorful than my typical Christmas decor, but Oscar is thrilled (even though he has no idea what it is).  We're going to have a lot of fun with this.


I decided to cut my backing piece a little larger to have room for a bigger tree, so mine measures 22x36 inches.  I am also doing a double layer for the back to hide my stitches and give the whole thing a bit more weight.  Once all the details are sewn onto the front, I'll sew the two layers together.

Here is your week 2 assignment:

  • Cut your tree shape
  • Sew the tree to your backing piece
  • Sew 8 ornaments
I'll have some ornament templates posted for you asap.   In the meantime, I'd love to see what you've been up to!  If you'd like to share, post your progress to the Homemade by You flickr group.

20 comments:

cassidy said...

I love it. I bought my felt but can't start working on it until next week, so I'm already way behind. I'm curious, though...how big are your pockets?

Emily Taylor said...

You read my mind. I fell in love with that same advent and combined it with one I grew up with. I decided to make them as gifts last year but need one for myself.

Here it is.

http://greg-emily.blogspot.com/2010/11/laryngitis-is-there-cure.html

LOVE YOUR BLOG

Kathy - mom of many said...

I'm always amazed at how much you get done with two little ones. You are very industrious.

Katie said...

I'm jumping on the advent train. My steps are a little out of order but I'm having fun! I've cut out my tree and all my pocket squares,and have made a list and sketches for the ornaments. This is so fun to work on and a little Dean Martin Christmas music helps too :)!

erin said...

i've been looking forward to the next assignment even though i still have numbers 18-24 to finish AND sew them on. oh well, with only 8 ornaments and the tree... i think i can catch up, maybe.

we have to come up with our own ornament ideas? dang you. i thought you were gonna make it easy for me!!!!! :)

Marianne & Clayton said...

Cassidy- In her first post she mentioned that hers are 2 1/2 inches square, but I imagine you can make yours however big or little you want. Hope that helps!

I am a week behind as I just found this but I am excited to start! Thanks for the fun sew-along!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Um - can you help us a bit with the ornaments. That is where I need the help. Straight lines I can do, but I'm not very creative with the ornaments. Thanks

Rosalie said...

Hi. I love your blog!
We have joined the advent train here in Italy with 3 friends. We met today and cut out all the pockets and the tree. Great idea and so much fun to work together!

Jessica said...

I like how you used a blanket stitch for the numbers. Did you just sew them on the backing piece that way?
All I need to do is sew my pieces to the backing and I'm all caught up. :)

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Amber said...

Ach! Behind already! I finished embroidering all my numbers but still have to sew them to the back. If my 3-year-old would learn to embroider, my 2-year-old would stop running away with my pockets to practice counting, and my 7-month-old would sleep through the night, I'd catch up in no time! Thanks for the Advent calendar accountability - I'm still hoping to get it done before dawn breaks on December 1...

Angela said...

I am a little out of order too!! I have cut all squares and done the numbers up to 19. I have also done about 10 decorations! My biggest problem is finding white felt here!! Can't get it anywhere at the moment. So I think I will cut out my tree - finish the numbers and check out some places for decoration ideas! I took this pic a few days ago - so the squares dont have numbers on them yet
http://thecrazynessthatisme.blogspot.com/2010/11/this-time-last-year-i-was-busy-doing.html

Thanks again for inspiring me to do this!

Lani said...

I am coming along with an advent calendar... however I decided not to do felt. I appliqued numbers on my pockets and am making the ornaments out of fimo clay instead... we'll see how it goes! I'm hoping to make a couple extras as gifts (my brother's birthday is at the beginning of December, hopefully I can finish in time)!

bethanndodd said...

Oh boo :( I had wanted to do this with you but one of the boys got sick and I am waaaay too behind to jump in now. Maybe next time around. Yours looks great!!! Looking forward to seeing it finished :)

thrifted finds said...

how cute! i've been wanting to make one for some time, this gives me some good ideas!

diplodoc said...

I can't wait to see the final result! And I would like to see the ornaments, please.

Anonymous said...

What size should the tree be cut to?? Please help, I am a beginner crafter/sewer!

I am already behind because I have been staring at different pocket colors all week and trying to decide if I should embroider or applique the numbers. Hopefully I will make a decision and catch up!

Anonymous said...

I'm in! I am also a little behind, but so far I've gotten my squares cut and the tree is also cut out. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to get the numbers on all the squares!

LOVE this project!

Mandy said...

I don't know if this is cheating, but I thought these were a quick alternative to the sewn ornaments that would work just as well.

http://www.craftparts.com/christmas-cut-outs-c-446.html

I know they have to be painted and/or decorated, but I wonder if that would be less time consuming then cutting out individual ornaments and sewing them together.

Just a thought.

Angela said...

I am also wondering how big my tree should be!

Anonymous said...

I too am wondering how big to cut the tree!