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?!
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!
And the pockets were never quite big enough to squeeze enough things in to get away with making just the one. Boy 1 is also allergic to dairy, so I was after some pockets big enough to fit alternative treats.
Last year, I finally managed to carve out some time to create a pattern and so the Big Pocket Advent Calendar was born!
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 loved about making the calendar from scratch is personalising it. I used a couple of different coloured sets of iron-on felt numbers which I got from Etsy with a glittery felt background and some hand stitching. There are so many different options though! I had a look and found so many different options! The iron-on luggage labels would look great on each of the pockets and I especially love those wooden tags, I think they would look fab sewn on. Or you could hand embroider or applique the numbers or pictures on. The possibilities are endless!
The advent calendar finishes at 20″ wide by 44″ deep. I included tabs so that it could be hung from a thin branch or 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.
Here’s another version of the calendar that Rebecca at Green & Bell 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 Etsy shop 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!
Today’s sky::: overcast and grey. Meh!