Friday, January 02, 2009
2009 Advent Calendar Sew Along
Happy New Year!!! Yes you are looking at a picture of Christmas stockings, but these are not leftover from last year. These are for this year--2009!
Every year around the end of November or early December I have this pang of regret: "how did I go an entire year and not get around to making an advent calendar AGAIN!!!" I get so busy with all these other projects that somehow the Christmas season has a way of sneaking up on me. I know I'm not the only one with this problem. My sis apparently feels the same way. So we decided to do an advent calendar sew-along, and we'd like to invite YOU to join us. Here's the catch: it starts now. Yes, January. But since we have a such a big head start, we have the leisure of taking our time and doing it right. There is also the advantage of being able to do 2 to 3 portions of it per month, or if we really get into it, get it done way ahead of the Christmas season.
I have decided to make mini-stockings. I'm not sure yet how I'm going to do the numbers (stamps or embroidery?). I've made a tutorial (the link is HERE), so that you can make some with me if you want. These cuffed stockings can be hung with a clothespin or strung garland-style on a line. One could attach grommets and hook them to a painted wood panel, use velcro to attach them to a quilted panel, or use pushpins to pin them to a bulletin board...so many possibilities! The pattern is just a starting point for you. Feel free to make changes to it (i.e. make the toes more pointy for a grinchier look.) Note: you do not have to use the stocking tutorial to be a part of the advent calendar sew-along. If you want to make something different, that's great too. Please post your progress on your blog and the flickr group, so we can check each other out. Also, Linda has made a button for you to use on your blog, if you wish--and we hope you do!