advent sew-along: week 3


How is your advent calendar coming along?  I am just barely keeping pace with my own assignments (seriously - I finished my ornaments in the wee-est of the wee hours of the morning today).   However, it is very satisfying to have a few ornaments to stuff into those little pockets.


I started my ornaments out with four gifts (I love how it looks like there are presents under the tree on the Inchmark advent), a stocking, the star, a dove, and a baby Jesus, laying in the manger.   The baby Jesus ornament was always my very favorite on the tree growing up.

Ready for some beautiful inspiration?  This is an advent-in-progress by Katie at So Happy.


It seriously makes me want to scrap my advent and start over, copying her step by step.  I love everything about the tree.   Oh, well ... no time to start over now.  Must plug along.

You can also gather some ornament inspiration from Flickr user, Angela Allen.  I like her colors and use of buttons on the ornaments.


 Ready for this week's assignment?
  • Sew on all 24 buttons
  • Make 8 more ornaments
Piece of cake, right?  There is still time to catch up and join the fun!  Don't forget to share your progress in the Homemade by You flickr group.   I want to see more - especially those of you who are doing nativity advents.  :)

35 comments:

Katie said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful compliments. I love your baby Jesus ornament, so cute! I'm hoping to make a plush nativity set for my little ones this year, we'll see if I can get it done in time :). Thanks for starting this sew-along, I'm really enjoying it.

erin said...

can you stop sharing pictures of all these wonderful calendars? i seriously just want to throw mine away and copy everyone else!!! grrrr.

Lorna said...

I'm loving this project! I'm sewing along with you, but I havent started any ornaments yet. I will start on them tonight after the kiddos are in bed. Are you making your ornaments 1-ply of felt, or 2? Are you stuffing them with any filler? Also, any ideas on how the tiny leaf wreath ornament was made for the Inchmark calendar? LOVE that one! Thanks for doing the sew along Jill!

Louisa said...

I'm loving your Advent calendar! I finished an Advent calendar this week. I sized mine to hold surprises for toddlers. I really like the idea of making another that can hold ornaments.

http://auntielouisa.blogspot.com/2010/11/advent-calendars.html

Tyler and Allison said...

I'm so excited about my advent calendar! I'm doing colorful pockets and am now in the process of sewing them to the white backing. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Vivian said...

I have what may be a silly request... can you show how you do the stitching around the edge. I never learned any "proper" way and was wondering how you do it.

Angela said...

Thanks Jill!! I am so loving doing my advent calendar but I am not looking forward to sewing on the pockets! Still have not done it! LOVE your baby Jesus - that will be my next one to do. I am trying to find a good template for a Santa face! If anyone can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it!
i never would have done this without the support from everyone else doing it. Please ladies post some pics to the Flikr group so I can see all your lovely designs!

Jessica said...

I LOVE the baby Jesus ornament. I need to make one of those.
I made all 8 ornaments while watching Harry Potter last night with my husband. I was having so much fun I didn't want to stop. :) lol
Thanks for the support and inspiration. I'm loving how my calender is taking shape.

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Amber said...

I had the same thought when I saw Katie's calendar. I almost decided mine in progress is a "practice" calendar and I'm going to make a new one next year! I'm almost caught up too - few more ornaments to finish tonight for my first set to be done!

Janelle said...

Um, you are amazing. I am barely getting my teeth brushed these days and you are making an headbands and advent calendars. I'm even ordering our turkey pre-cooked this year. How lame am I?

Anonymous said...

Love seeing everyone's pictures, love the baby Jesus! I am almost caught up with week 2, will post a photo when I get there. Hand sewing the pockets is taking me forever, and they still seem crooked! ;) I too, want to know how to make that wreath!

Meghan said...

What are you using to hook the ornaments onto the button?

C McCormick said...

Ack! Cuteness and talent overload! So, I was sewing earlier tonight and hoping you weren't posting today since I am soooo behind :( Just finishing my pockets, will get to my tree tomorrow I hope (love the Katie So Happy tree!!). And my pockets are crooked, but I am just going to chalk it up to "hand made charm". The kids won't care, right? I hope to post a pic to flicr tomorrow. Thanks so much for the ideas, inspiration, and I love all of the comments, too!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm a bit jealous. I'm far behind (only completed the pockets), can't sew and will never schieve something so beautiful. You are my sewing hero....
S.
www.zwergenzwirn.com

Loren, Matt & Kaine said...

Hope I am not stepping on your toes Jill, I just wanted to let everyone who is looking for GREAT stitching tutorials (on video) to go to: http://www.needlenthread.com

She has step by step video instructions. Most even come with a written introduction or more information. They are so easy to learn in this format! Hope it helps the budding stitchers!!

k a r i s a said...

does it look like katie's calendar numbers used a straight stitch? i can't seem to get her blog to open on my computer.

Jolayne said...

I'm far enough behind that I haven't cut out my tree yet. Lucky for me, though, 'cause I LOVE the tree shape on Katie's tree.
This is such a fun project - thanks for the inspiration.

Hanneke Nelson said...

Hmmm, I have cut my tree but have not yet sewed it on yet. Perhaps I can make some last minute changes...?

Sara said...

Wow!! I've fallen in love with your calendar! I know what will be occupying my nights for the next few weeks! I'm jumping in the sew a long on week 3....lets see if I can catch up!

alexandra said...

wow!!! I wish I had the patience to tackle this project. Yours looks amazing!

studioto said...

Amazing , i just love your work

Skye O. said...

You're always amazing & I love all your creations!

I have a question:
which color of green & blue felt do you have?

THANKS!! I know you're busy.

Anonymous said...

Finally caught up and posted my pics!

My pockets each have a note with a holiday-inspired activity. I was inspired by "The Artful Parent" last year, so this was my main goal. I wanted something more permanent and when I saw this sew-along, I knew the ornaments would be so much fun! Glad I am able to have both!

http://artfulparent.typepad.com/artfulparent/2009/11/an-artful-advent-calendar.html

Anonymous said...

These are cute. Almost makes me wish I celebrated Christmas.

Rachel Willow'z Design said...

This is sooo amazing!!! I just started working with felt and I'm so in love. I can't wait to get started on this.Thanks for the wonderful idea.

Lani said...

Thank you for being the spark of inspirations I needed to get our family advent calendar done! I even made one for my younger brother... I posted pics on one of my blogs in case you're interested in seeing...

http://hopingwishesdream.blogspot.com/2010/11/advent-calendar.html

My ornaments were done with sculpey or fimo clay. I didn't want the felt ornaments!

Thanks for being a great inspiration for me!

paisley and lace said...

Snap. Wish I had checked the happenings on you blog a few weeks ago! I've been wanting to make an advent calendar, and this looks great! Love it!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam!

Amanda said...

Love it! I'll have to try this when I get some free time :)

Jamie said...

These are all such great ideas! Being short on cash for the holidays and not much space for storing christmas decor, these are wonderful projects!
Thanks for the post

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love these what great ideas!

Jennifer said...

so cute! I made one similar to this a couple years back. you can search for it on my blog...

www.thecraftpatch.blogspot.com

Twiddle Thumbs said...

oh WOW this is adorable!

paisley and lace said...

Couldn't resist joining in, although I'm a bit late! You can find it at

www.paisleyandlace.blogspot.com

and I'll put it on your flickr soon.

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