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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adorable Advent Calendar

I love Christmas and all the decorations of the season. This advent calendar, by LeAnne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle, is absolutely adorable. LeAnne's style is a little bit country and a lot cute.

I fell in love with the Nativity scene on the Advent Calendar and just had to make one. It takes one panel and 4 other fabrics from LeAnne's "Let Us Adore Him" collection. The panel includes the nativity scene plus rows of little squares for the calender pockets. One fabric has the cute little characters nicely spaced apart, so you can fussy cut them to make the tiny ornaments. Hang the ornaments on buttons along the side of the quilt as you count the days until Christmas. The instructions are on the bottom of the panel.

I followed the instructions exactly except for hand stitching the ribbon loop to the back of the ornament. Instead, I clipped a tiny hole in the felt about an inch down from the top. I threaded the ribbon through the hole and tied it. Then I positioned the knot in the hole. When I fused the character fabric over the knot it was completely covered and I had a nice smooth loop on my ornament. Wow, these would also make great tree decorations!