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I saw in Mothering mag last year there was an article on holiday crafts, i loved the idea of making a homemade advent calender with pockets to put notes in. Has anyone ever done one they would share pics or pattern or tutuorial somewhere???
I figure I better start now it i'm ever going to finish
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I was inspired by this blog entry:

to make my own...using embroidery and applique. It was fun to do it with leftover scraps found in the leftover bin at the fabric store!
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I made a advent calendar as a gift for a family last yr that really wanted one to put sayings into (as opposed to treats or candy) I used this site as reference.

I found a online free template for envelopes and ended up tracing them onto some felt so that my envelopes would last for yrs. I ended up embroidering the numbers on them and a few little holly/berries on them for decorations (although a fabric pen or puffy paint could work as well) I then sewed them up and used fabric glue. I purchased those mini clothes pins at joanns (michaels/hobby lobby might have them as well) and then included a piece of grosgrain ribbon for their mantle. I let the mom decide what she wanted the sayings to be. I am making another this yr for another family but Im tweaking the envelopes to be mittens instead (the old fashion ones) also made from assort scrap plaid flannel fabrics as more of a countdown to christmas than an advent calendar per say.
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oh gosh! I'm barely a sewer, and not christian but I saw this awesome tute this morning on sew mama sew.

If anyone does one of these I'd love t see the finished item!

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This is the advent calendar I made: I added 23 black hooks and we added an ornament every evening after dinner, starting Dec. 1st and ending on the 23rd. We end on the 23rd because we start our Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve.

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Oh my, that is so darn cute!
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This is the advent calendar I made for my family:

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Here is ours:

He was modeled after this guy:

And I used the pattern here (with some major modifications)

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Thanks for that link! Last year I found all these five packs of teeny little gloves and mittens (my daughter could JUST wear them and she was almost four last Christmas). I bought a ton and am hanging them on ribbon with clothespins (my daughter and I are going to make reindeer and various other Christmassy guys out of them). It's going to be kind of cheesy but cute, I hope. I just needed a list of projects to put in them and now I have one! AWESOME! Thanks! Of course, we won't be ice skating in Mississippi, but I can use most of the others.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I love many of the ideas you all shared. No I haven't started mine yet BUT I do have some ideas now. BUT must get started soon
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I've been thinking of making one too after I saw this one: But, those others are so cute too!
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