I recently made this Advent Calendar for my great nephews and niece.
It was a printed panel by Makower UK.
I simply cut and stitched the pockets onto the background, and
used coordinating fabrics for backing, binding and loops for hanging.
I used a gold metallic thread for top stitching the pockets.
I also added a layer of fusible batting between the front and backing, providing a little more stability.
Then the real fun began: gathering goodies for the pockets!
I was able to locate several small ornaments, toys, holiday candies, and other assorted trinkets.
The Three Wise Men and their camels have always been a favorite part of the Christmas story. I was thrilled to discover this new-to-me book. Who could resist that face? It's very sweet message is about the lesson of giving, instead of receiving.
I included the star ornament to coordinate with this book.
Who does not like Mary Engelbreit?
This is her holiday A-Z book for children. Imagine my delight when I discovered ornaments almost exactly like the fun letters in the book! There is one ornament representing each child's first name.
Of course, I had to include a copy of this book. Trains are very special to our family.
Jingle bells, which resemble sleigh bells, coordinate nicely with this book.
There is not much time left to make an Advent Calendar! Here are some of the items I included, as well as some other ideas.
Printed Bible verses, poems or other sentiments
Supplies for making Reindeer Food
Crayons, markers and coloring books
Holiday CDs and DVDs
Holiday cookie cutters for a fun day in the kitchen
Cocoa mix and marshmallows
Supplies for holiday crafts
Small mirror with note. The reflection of the child is a gift from God, and their gift back to God.
Small decorative erasers, plastic animals, and vehicles
Pieces of a puzzle to be collected and assembled during the month
Small figures and pieces of a Nativity
The most important ingredient: Love!
Have fun marking and celebrating this special season.