This is a project I did a few years back after looking for an interesting advent calendar and not finding anything to my liking: indeed this is how most of my DIY attempts come about! In this case I had an idea for a re-usable advent calendar which could be filled with chocolates each year. After some initial designs I settled on a nice Christmas tree design make out of felt since I didn’t have a sewing machine. To make this more advanced it could be made from something more durable – e.g. cotton – with embroidery on the pockets.
Also with this calendar you can adjust the contents to fit your audience: e.g. specific sweets they enjoy or if they don’t have a sweet tooth what about lego or another small gift?
The steps include tracing it all out in paper/cardboard first – whilst this does add more steps and time to the process I highly recommend it. The worst thing to do is cut a piece and realise you’ve made to too small to use.
|Technical||Cutting and a basic running stitch is all you need|
|Creativity||The pockets are your chance to personalise this; though you can default to numbers!|
|Time||Can be done in a weekend|
|Cost||Ingredients can be bought for <£10|