Well, it’s finally all done and hanging on the wall in our foyer! Hooray! It’s beautiful. The one row of 4, 5, 6 is kind of crooked, but c’est la vie. That just proves it’s handmade, right? I just love how all the pockets turned out. I posted individual close-ups of each pocket in my Flickr account, Advent Calendar Pockets.
I ended up using some fusible fleece in between all the layers of the tree, star and tree trunk. It worked very well, and was easy to use. I definitely think it gave it enough stability. The tree trunk is just stuck in between the tree layers, and I caught that as I was sewing the front and back of the tree together. I hand-sewed the star onto the tree using a whip stitch in the back. Since the tree is pretty thick, it wasn’t too difficult to make sure I only caught the underlayer as I was sewing. I used a small D-ring attached with a loop of felt as the hanging device. It’s up near the top under the star. It would have been easier to sew the D-ring on BEFORE I sewed the star on, but I didn’t think of it. It still worked out.
I’m planning another post with what I’m putting in the pockets each day, but in general they will be a mixture of candy/treats, little toys, and notes with activities for us to do together. So far:
1) Hershey’s chocolate Santas
2) 2 Playmobil Roman guys
3) Little holiday note pads plus a note to “make chocolate chip cookies”
4) Hmm….haven’t decided what to do today yet
Saturday, we will be picking out our tree, so that will be the activity for that day. J was saying that he wanted to do more decorating, so maybe we’ll do that this evening. So far, I only have a few things up. I wasn’t originally planning on having a 25th day pocket, but because of the whole J, “where’s my wreath?” thing, I ended up with 25. I am going to have a special note from Santa in the pocket on the 25th.