The calendar that I made is house shaped and I made it a little more colourful for my boys. I tend to make a lot of things for them monochrome (like last year's calendar), but I wanted to make something really fun for them this year. It even has some orange which is my oldest's favourite colour. This was a total last minute, unplanned project, but I was happy to finish it just in time for Dec. 1! I've included a mini tutorial at the bottom of this post (even though it's already Dec. 3) just in case you still want to make one or if you'd like to attempt this next year.
You may recognize the fabric that I used for the pockets. It's the same Marimekko PVC-coated fabric that I used for the pouf I made. I had saved all these triangle shaped scraps of the fabric and they worked perfectly for creating the pouches. There was the added bonus that, because the fabric was PVC-coated, I didn't have to hem each pouch. This made the sewing go a lot faster.
To keep things simple I just printed off the numbers (from here) and clipped them on with mini clothes pins. I wanted to keep the numbers small so that the beautiful Marimekko pikkujatski fabric would show. The calendar that I printed had a few of the numbers written out and since Little Pilot is just working on letter and number recognition, I glued on small wood stars on those ones and wrote the numbers on them. I'm also using the felt stars I made last year. I've placed the cooresponding felt star to the numbered pocket to help my younger one be able to find the right one each day.
What you'll need to make your calendar:
- a heavy weight fabric/canvas for the base cut to a 22" x 36" rectangle (I used this striped fabric)
- 24 contrasting fabric rectangles/squares cut to various sizes. (I used PVC-coated Marimekko fabric received from FinnStyle)
- 6" length of bias tape or ribbon
- wooden dowel cut to 19" long
- coordinating thread and sewing machine
- numbers (mine were from this free printable) and mini clothespins
*since I made this very last minute and mostly in the evening, I am missing some photos of the steps, but I've written it all out below.
1. Once you have cut your base fabric to the size specified above. Hem both of the long edges using 1/2" double hem. After you have hemmed the long edges create a bottom hem on one of the short edges that is a 1" double hem. The photo above is showing the hemmed edges and the general shape of the finished product. *you do not need to sew the triangle point just yet!
2. If using bias tape (to make the loop for hanging the calendar), sew the bias tape open edges together to create a strip. (*If using ribbon, you can skip this step)
3. Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise with right sides together. At the unfinished end of the folded fabric, sandwich you ribbon or bias tape loop between the fold so that the loop is inside the fold and the ribbon/bias tape ends are sticking out (on the right in photo 3.) Now pin and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance along the unfinished end catching the bias tape as you go.
4. Turn out your seam so that it forms a triangle. Press your seam flat and then turn it right side out.
5. With your triangle turned right side out and the back of the calendar facing you, sew along the base of the triangle just above the hemmed edge, but leave an opening at one end that will allow you to insert a dowel. The dowel will rest along the bottom edge of the triangle/the seam you just sewed.
7. Insert the dowel through the opening you left in step 5. Right out the numbers 1-24 onto card stock (or download them like I did) and clip them onto the pockets. Fill the pockets with various treats, activities, etc. as you count down to Christmas
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