So fantastic, in fact, that after I completed the first calendar, I knew I had to make one for myself too. I loved it that much :) The tutorial can be found here.
Notes on the calendars:
- I made 2 calendars using random number placement, and 2 calendars in number order. I had intended to make all of them using the random placement (because I thought it seemed kind of fun and different) but after making the first 2 that way, I realized that my brain just doesn't think randomly! I had to double and triple check all of my pockets before I was able to sew them together because I was never confident that everything would come together right. Keeping things in number order allowed me to work a little faster.
- I used a white ikea sheet for all of the white sashing. I used 2 sheets for the 4 calendars. At $5 a piece it was a big money saver. (Not that you aren't worth the extra expense siblings...I just had to pinch a few pennies where I could :)
- Grandma Net sewed down ALL of my binding for me. She said she liked having handwork to do in the evenings...who was I to stand in the way of her evening entertainment?
- This year the advent calendar came empty, but I think our siblings have agreed that from here on out I can stuff the calendars with goodies (like crafts, family activities, scripture, etc.) as a family Christmas gift. (At least I think everyone agreed to this :) I'm really excited about the idea of stuffing these calendars in the future. I hope they become a fun and memorable part of our siblings' families Christmas traditions. I know I'm looking forward to filling ours!
Enough talk...here are the pictures:
Denise & Andrew's calendar:
Jay & Jill's calendar:
I don't have pictures of Ben & Kelly's calendar or mine, but I'll try and post those later.