Hi ya’ll! My name is Jennifer Rodriguez and I blog over at All Things Belle. I’m very excited to be guest posting today on Mom Endeavors. I’m going to share with you a project that involves quilting and free motion sewing. I hope after this fun tutorial you will stop by my blog for more sewing & quilting ideas!
3.)Iron on the fusible fleece to the back of the square. I used fusible fleece for this project because there is not a lot of quilting and I didn’t want the batting to move around.
4.) Stitch on your burlap title. I did a fun zig zag stitch – this also reduces the amount of fray that will occur. I then free motioned “Be Thankful” with some applique hearts. I have a real basic tutorial on free motion sewing here. I love doing it, but if it is more than you want to tackle right now you can write the words with a fabric pen or embroider it by hand.
5.) Next you will cut 30 random sized rectangles from the scrap fabric. This will be the colorful placement of our pockets. You will then sew each little rectangle on to the fabric.
7.)Using the double fold bias tape, bind your advent as desired. Since this is a craft project I decided to machine bind it,but of course feel free to do it by hand if you prefer.
8.)Free motion sew the numbers 1-30 on the remaining burlap. If you don’t want to free motion, you can embroider them by hand or use a fabric marker. Next you will sew the 30 pockets on to the advent calender.
10.)Hang your super adorable Thankful Advent calender!
11.)Each day take a moment with your children and spouse to appreciate the blessings in your life. Write them on a little note and place in the coordinating pocket.
I think you will be amazed by how young children really understand and enjoy this activity. My 3 year old daughter never wants to just stop at one per day. It is important to find and appreciate the little things in our lives.