How to Make a Patchwork Advent Calendar
- Get ready for Christmas with this patchwork advent calendar, perfect for holding sweet treats and trinkets for little ones or even adults.
Text courtesy of Makower
- Makower Advent calendar panel – available in store
- Backing and Wadding 50 x 70 centimetres (20 by 28 inches)
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Walking Foot (optional)
- Point Turner (or knitting needle)
1. Read the instructions on the side of the advent calendar panel and then cut out the main pain around the outer edge of the dark red border.
2. Cut out the pockets along the outer solid lines – note some are in groups/strips whilst others are single pockets. (The dotted lines are used to line up pleats later).
3. Turn under the top edge of all pockets by 1 cm (along the marked line) and press in place. Do the same for the bottom edges of all the single pockets at the same time.
4. Using a matching thread, top stitch the pocket tops, catching the turned under edge as you stitch.
TIP: Stitch all the same colour pockets at the same time, going straight from one to the other without stopping or cutting the thread between. Once all pockets are top stitched, snip the threads joining them apart.
5. Make the pleats between the joined pockets by folding along the solid pocket lines and bringing the folds to the dotted line between each pocket pair. Press and pin in place. (Hand tack the pleat in place if desired).
6. Turn up the bottom edge of the pocket and press. Turn in the side edges and press.
7. Position pockets on the panel, matching their numbered squares. Pin in place along sides and bottom and then stitch in place, stitching close to the pocket edge. Start and finish with reverse or fix stitch so the tops of the pockets are very secure.
8. Stitch between the joined pockets along the dotted line, starting a little way from the bottom so you don’t inadvertently catch the pocket folds in the stitching. Press the panel once all pockets are stitched in place.
9. Cut a strip eight centimetres by 43 centimetres (three by 17 inches) for the sleeve for a batten. Press short ends to the inside and stitch. Then press under the long edges by one centimetres. Position strip on the backing fabric about five centimetres (two inches) from the top edge and centered across the width and stitch along one long edge. Slightly pushing the other edge towards the first to create a little bump in the sleeve, stitch along the other long edge.
10. Lay pocket panel right side up on a flat surface and then the backing fabric, right side down (make sure the sleeve is facing the top of the panel), then the wadding on top of that. Pin at corners and then flip the three layers over and pin all the way around the edges.
11. Increase stitch length to 2.8-3 and then starting in the centre of the bottom edge, stitch all the way around the panel, stopping about 15 centimetres (six inches) from the start to leave a turning gap in the lower edge.
TIP: If available, use a walking foot when stitching all the layers together.
12. Trim seam allowances to six millimetres (quarters of an inch), (except the turning gap seam allowance) and cutting the corners at an angle. Turn through, pushing the corners out with a point turner or knitting needle. Press with the seams on the edge. Slip stitch the opening closed by hand. Press again and then your panel is ready to hang and fill.
For more hints and tips on how to put together the patchwork Advent calender make sure to check out Makowers handy video.