And I am almost ready! Stocked up on some Simplicity patterns yesterday at Joann's $1.99 sale and I can't wait till after the holidays to get started on adding to my wardrobe. In the mean time, I have been making sure that Christmas at the Miller house is everything I mean for it to be for Devon. Up to bat: a hand embroidered pocket advent calendar and embroidered stocking (every girl must have a stocking!). Garrett graded it an A because of the amount of loot it can hold.
This advent calendar is made from felt and has 25 hand embroidered pockets, approx. 2.5 in square. My idea being that I can fill each pocket with treats or treasures when Devon is old enough.
I used blanket stitched the four corners and #25.
I also made #25 the most special with some added details. Each number is embroidered with either split, stem, back or chain stitch using these great instructions. There is a rod pocket at the top for a wooden dowel to ensure the advent hangs straight.
I free handed the pattern for the stocking based on pictures and the general size I wanted, then I asked Garrett his opinion and he had me draw it bigger. I sandwiched ready made red piping to outline the shape of the stocking. The bottom of the fold down has turquoise rick-rack to match the body of the stocking. It is lined with muslin and interfaced with a thick wool felt that Garrett snagged from a friend's house.
Neither took very long, maybe a full day of sewing for both projects. The hand embroidering took the longest but it was a watch tv at night project.