Ready for another fabulous, festive tutorial? I hope you are enjoying all of these projects as much as I am. We got our tree over the weekend and it is all decorated, merry and bright so it definitely feels like Christmas around here!
Today’s super cute advent calendar is designed by the super sweet, super talented Val of Between Quilts.
Val and I had the pleasure of meeting at the Sewing Summit and I can’t wait to see her again at Sew South! She’s full of creativity and I’m always drawn to her modern sensibility. I love her scrappy tree so much that I just might make more than one. It would be a super cute pillow too!
Take it away Val!
Advent Calendar Tutorial
How fun is this Deck the Hall Series?! I am loving seeing all the projects and getting in the holiday spirit a little more every day. A HUGE thank you to Jennifer for inviting me along – I have had such a blast planning and making this advent calendar and I’m so excited to share it with you all!
Begin joining green strips of varying lengths:
Next, randomly slice the strips into segments. The end result will look great with the lines being askew and random. Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to line anything up. Freedom! This crazy piecing technique is covered well in this book if you’d like to see more in-depth details.
Trim out a triangle shape for your tree. I just measured in from the outer edges of each side to the center top and trimmed. My tree measures 12.5″ wide at the bottom and 17″ tall, finished.
Play with the lay out of the garland pieces until you have it like you want it.
Next, trim the white edges, even with the tree by extending the angles. You are now ready to add the white background fabric to the sides of the tree. I tend to generously cut my fabric, sew it on, then trim down. It saves me a lot of headache. So the white fabric I added to the sides of the trees were cut at 31″ x 15 1/4 “.
Trim the top overlapping edge even with the angle of the tree so you can add the white panel to the other side of the tree.
Fold the bottom edges in 1/4″ ,
then press. Repeat with the remaining 24 pockets. You are now ready to topstitch them into place!
Center your first pocket 1 inch under the tree trunk.
Topstitch the pocket into place. I used a walking foot to keep all those layers from shifting. Also increase your stitch length to 2.8 – this gives a nice finish and again helps with all the layers you’ve got going on here.
Oh Val is the BEST! Her advent calendar is darling.
Now, be sure to pop on over to Between Quilts and enter the Six Munchkins Stitching Giveaway. Then make sure you’ve stopped at each blog in our series to enter their giveaways too!
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See you tomorrow for another fabulous tutorial!