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New Pattern – Big Pocket Advent Calendar

Today I thought it would be good fun to share my Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with you……talking about it in September seems a little soon, but I’ve seen Christmas Cards in the shop so I guess that almost makes it okay?!

The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

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This pattern had been simmering in my mind for a little while, to be honest. For years, I’ve been looking at the advent calendar panels that you can buy – they’re all so lovely and they look like the start of a fun family tradition….. But! I never fancied making three. Let alone have the wall space to hang them all!

The pockets were never quite big enough to squeeze enough in to get away with making just the one and as Boy 1 is allergic to dairy, I wanted to be able to squeeze in alternative treats too. The only option was to DIY my own Advent Calendar!

The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Last year, I finally managed to carve out some time to create a pattern and so the Big Pocket Advent Calendar was born!

The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The pockets are big enough to fit three packets of Haribo! It’s designed so that the sides of the pockets expand which means you can fit some generous size chocolates or small gifts, if you so wish (last year I managed to squeeze in three pairs of socks, but it was quite tight and seeing that my kids feet keep on growing, I don’t think that will be happening this year!!!).

The bit I love about making my own advent calendar is personalising it. I used a couple of different coloured sets of iron-on felt numbers with a glittery felt background and some hand stitching.

There are so many different options though! Would you like to see some of the lovely things I found?! For something completely different, how about these Metal Number Tokens which I think would look amazing sewn on to each pocket for a vintage/steampunk look.

The iron-on luggage labels are an alternative to normal numbers and I especially love those wooden tags for a more shabby-chic style advent calendar – I think they would look fab sewn to the front of each pocket. Or you could hand embroider or applique the numbers or pictures on. The possibilities are endless!

The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The advent calendar finishes at 20″ wide by 44″ deep. I included tabs so that it could be hung from a thin branch of some sort – I was definitely going for a Scandi look when I made this version! – and it hangs nicely on the back of the under-cupboard stairs door that we have.

The Big Pocket Advent Calendar sewing pattern with pockets big enough to hold treats for the whole family by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Here’s another version of the calendar that Rebecca (IG @GreenandBell) made – I love how she has made it so bright and modern and added more trees at the top! You could even add different pictures, ‘Merry Christmas’ or your family name?!

If you would like to make your own version of the advent calendar, please visit my shop here (for EU customers) or Etsy here to buy a download of the pattern. And if you do make one, don’t forget to tag it #bigpocketadventcalendar so that I can see it!

Back soon, 

S x

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Make a Big Pocket Advent Calendar for the whole family - sewing pattern that can be personalised and used year after year
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