Adventathon Anyone?

December 4th

My friends and family will tell you — I love giving gifts. I look forward the holidays each year because of all the gift-giving opportunities. This year, I decided to go a bit crazy and celebrate all 24 days of Advent by sewing calendars and matching each day with a small gift. It’s an adventathon!
Today — the calendars. I sewed these basic 25-pouch wall calendars after asking several blogging crafty types for their advice. Nicole, Alison and Blair were all kind in responding with their ideas — which certainly pointed me in the right direction. Like so many with needle and thread, I love the simplicity of Japanese design. Granted, these fabrics are bit busier than the typical zakka project, but they are more festive too.

advent calendar
Min's advent calendar

They have tiny ribbon loops at the top and were gifted with a dowel. The second calendar is intentionally less-Christmasy. Then again, the pointsetta fabric is some of my favorite this season. You’ll be seeing it here a time or two during this crafty adventure.

Excessively jolly,

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12 Responses

  1. That is super cute! You’ll show us what you figured out to fill them with, right? : )

  2. aw, I appreciate the intentional non-christmasiness! I love mine!

  3. these are adorable – and I particularly love the poinsettia fabric! I can’t wait to see where else it surfaces….

  4. Those are beautiful!

  5. what a lovely idea, you are so kind and generous!

  6. i love these! i would so attempt to make one if i could sew a (semi) straight line!!! yesterday we started an advent bible study & it is so wonderful. it’s really changing my outlook & perspective on this entire season. i love it! and i also helped out at a children’s advent party. we were covered in flour, glue, icing & glitter but had a blast! πŸ™‚

  7. Sweet. I love those! It would be so much fun to gather up all the little gifts to go with each day.

  8. It’s so very festive indeed…love them Kelli:)

  9. Hey excessively jolly,

    Good for you!

    I, as always, did all my shopping online. Even yours. Forgive me. But at least I can give it to you IN PERSON! YAHOO! For the record, I did knit ONE hat for a beloved cousin of mine. It’s half yarn from Stockholm and half from Italy! A real international thing.

    But your posts always inspire me to become more creative and make fun things, grazie!

  10. OK, Kelli, I’m counting on you for more Christmas craft ideas….this one is great. Next year!!

  11. NICE! I love pointsettas so much – proof in my new blog banner! πŸ™‚

  12. Wow! Those are really great, I love the simplicity of them. The poinsetta fabric is really fun too! Can’t wait to see what else you do. πŸ™‚