Feeling very proud of myself and fueled by the success that was only my second sewing machine experience I decided to make some Christmas bunting, as I knew how to do it from the bunting workshop hen party I attended in August.
|Note fortifying glass of red wine|
I have never been a sewing type person so this is all very new to me and I never thought it would be so fun and satisfying. To be honest I never thought I could do it!
I have been wanting to make Mostyn an advent calender he can use every year and after some Googling I came across this.
I used the sewing machine to make the cream background from one of a pair of cheap Tesco curtains I mistakenly bought the wrong size of. With the other curtain I'm going to make a makeshift blind for the kitchen window so it won't go to waste. I have left the top open to machine sew across later with some ribbon loops to hold the stick (a garden bamboo cane I had already).
|Each pocket now made, this was before sewing the numbers on and the pockets down.|
Next I have to make tiny fabric tree decorations 4cm across. I have made a list of the ones I want to make (my mum is going to make five of them) and I am starting that tonight. My list is as follows: star, gingerbread man, holly, christmas tree, christmas pudding, robin, father christmas head, reindeer head, snowflake, bauble, snowman, festive heart, train, candy cane, bell, wrapped present, candle in holder, wreath, mince pie, cracker, christmas cake, mistletoe, ivy, yule log.
This whole thing is costing me just a few pounds for two reels of thread, some cheap felt from a local shop and a few new buttons to complement the ones I found around the house so as I am not working this winter it fulfills my thrifty requirement too. I have quite a lot of random fabric now from the rug making for the decorations. My aforementioned amazing friend of wedding/bunting workshop fame posted me some of her craft/button/ribbon stash so that will help too. (I love you friend!)
I have also made another multicoloured rug out of Huw's old t-shirts for a Christmas present for some friends.
Will post my advent calender again when it's finished!