Last year I made an Advent calendar from a tutorial shared on Sew Mama Sew. It was a fun project. I was quite pleased with the finished project. When I started to fill the calendar, I realized that the pockets were too small to hold most of the items I had gathered. I didn't want to choose smaller items because they were gifts for a baby.
This year rather than have an Advent calendar with a pile of gifts next to it, I decided to make one with bigger pockets. I thought about modifying an over the door shoe holder, but I never found one locally that seemed like it would be perfect. I decided that I would look for something perfect until September. I didn't find a pattern or shoe holder that I really liked, so I decided to try making something reminiscent of a shoe holder.
I think this was the most complicated thing I've ever made without a pattern or tutorial to follow. It was great fun to see it take shape. I loved seeing it come together and getting a bit more confidence as each step was finished that it would be a functional calendar. It looks like the pockets are a perfect size for gifts for toddlers. I really like it! I may decide to make another that allows for different sized pockets to allow for gifts of various sizes. I like the idea of a pocket for pajamas on Christmas Eve.
|Advent calendar before stuffing|
|Advent calendar full of toddler gifts|
I decided to make pleated pockets so they could expand to hold thick gifts if need be. I used printable fabric for the numbers. I'm excited to see what it looks like in use!
I'm excited to be almost done with Advent already. Last year I was filling the calendar as December progressed. This year I have 23 gifts wrapped and ready to go already. Do you celebrate Advent? If so, how do you celebrate?