Christmas Advent Stocking Calendar
Project Creator: Fiona Kwok
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: BEGINNER
If you liked the look of the Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar from the Brother Christmas shoot, here are the instructions for you to make it yourself. It’s a great project to get the kids involved with for some crafty fun in the holidays.
> a sewing machine for sewing edges of stockings (or needle and thread!).
> needle and thread to attach stockings to ribbon.
> craft glue
> fabric scissors
> a print out of the pattern Pdf. Click here for Pattern Pdf.
N.B. A Brother ScanNCut machine would be perfect for all the small cut out shapes in this project if you have one.
>4 different coloured pieces of felt, about 20cm of each colour. I used pale pink, aqua blue, off white and paper brown. You can use any colours but just make sure they contrast slightly as when you put the numbers on you will want to see them easily against the background colour. I used felt as the edges don’t need finishing, making this a much quicker project!
> at least 4 metres, preferrably 5 metres of ribbon or heavy weight string.
There are 24 stockings in total so you will need to make 6 stockings from each of the 4 felt colours. Each stocking needs a front and back, so fold the felt in half so that you are cutting a back and a front piece at the same time.
Sew each front and back pair together close to the edge with a straight stitch – I used the edge of the foot as a guide. Make sure you leave the top edge open and reinforce the stitch at the tops edges by going over it a few times.
Next you will need to cut out 24 heart shapes, 6 from each colour of felt. Tip: fold felt in half once or twice to do 2 or 4 at once and make this step faster.
Lastly, cut out the numbers 1-24. This is a little fiddly so if you can find pre-made stick on numbers then go for it! I couldn’t find the right size so I cut out these numbers with a pair of sharp thread scissors. You want to cut every 4th letter from one colour. Eg:
BLUE – numbers 1, 5, 9, 13, 17 & 21
BROWN – numbers 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, & 22
PINK – numbers 3, 7, 11, 15, 19 & 23
WHITE – numbers 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 & 24
Arrange your cut out pieces on the table. Start with laying out the stockings in alternating colours. I went with pink, white, blue then brown… repeat up to 24. Next lay your hearts on top. I put white hearts on all the pink stockings, blue on the white stockings, brown on the blue stockings and pink on the brown stockings. Now lay out your numbers on top 1-24 making sure the colours contrast with the hearts they are going onto.
Use craft glue to stick each number to it’s heart background, then each heart onto it’s stocking. Leave to dry for 20 minutes.
Lay out your finished stockings along the length of the piece of ribbon. You can cut the ribbon in half if you’d like to make 2 lines as we have done in the photo. Leave a gap of 6-7cm between each stocking and make sure you leave at least 20cm free at each end to be used as a tie. Once you have your spacing worked out, use the needle and thread to tack each stocking onto the ribbon.
Fill with little gifts or chocolates and hang somewhere prominent – voila!