Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Envelope Advent Calendar Tutorial

That exciting time of year is almost upon us again, and the time of year I go a bit crafty crazy, making handmade presents for all. Normally my boyfriend and I just get a Cadburys chocolate advent calendar, but this year I fancied making a fabric one, something that would last us a long time. So I came up with the idea of little envelopes, 1 for each day with 2 little pockets inside. A his and hers one if you want to be cheesy...or for two children. And here is the end result...


Now I realise it's leaving it a bit late for this year, but this really didn't take me too long to do, the sewing is very quick with a machine. And after all, as long as you have number 1 done by the first...you've got a day to make each one.

And now for how to make it. Here's everything you need. I got some really cute Christmassy clothes pegs and the ribbon from an amazing Danish shop called Tiger.



Firstly make a template for your envelopes. Cut out a rectangle, and fold the two ends over each other so it's roughly in thirds. My template was 28cm long by 16cm, when folded making a 11cm by 16cm rectangle. Now use the template to cut out 24 rectangles from the hessian fabric. (called burlap the other side of the pond) Try to cut along the grain lines at all times, otherwise it will fray all over the place! Now fold the pieces of fabric like you did with the template, and use an iron on a high setting to press it into place.



Open up the front flap of the envelope and on the inside folded over section, paint on one initial on each half, using the stencils, and the newspaper to stop the paint getting on the fabric underneath. (I made my stencils by printing out large letters and then cutting them out)


When the letters are dry, fold the front of the envelope back over, and using stencil numbers paint on a number for each one (1-24). When all the paint is dry, cut lengths of ribbon a few cms longer than the width of the envelopes, and press them in half width wise. Slip the ribbon either side of the edge of the front envelope flap, and sew into place using a sewing machine on zigzag stitch. Fold the edges round to the other side of the fabric and sew into place with a few stitches.



Now sew the edges together from the bottom of the envelope right to the ribbon edge, with a 1/2cm seam allowance and a zigzag stitch. Lastly make the inside pocket into two, buy stitching a line from the bottom fold, inbetween the two initials to the edge of the fabric. Repeat...errr well 23 more times.

Now all that you need to do is put up a couple of long lengths of ribbon across an empty wall somewhere, and use the clothes pegs to attach each envelope to the ribbon. I thought about stitching them to the ribbon, but I thought this way you can take them down to fill up the pockets more easily. And, if like myself you aren't spending Christmas at home, you can unpeg the envelopes and take them with you. All that's left is to fill them with treats and sweets!



Emily Kate



 

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