Some friends and I have had the idea to make a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar for a few years. When I saw the Gobble Gobble charm pack I knew that it would be perfect for this! Here is a fun project for a countdown calendar for Thanksgiving. Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, why not the 12 days of Thanksgiving?
In each pocket you could put a treat, a quote, or a small activity for your family to do to prepare for the holiday. Hop on over to my blog, the polkadot chair, to visit me, Melissa Mortenson, for a list of activity ideas for your pockets!
2 Gobble Gobble Charm Packs
1 20x30 piece of wool felt
fabric for backing
Fusible fleece or Warm & Natural Batting
Heat and Bond Light (or your favorite fusible)
To begin, pick out your favorite 12 prints from your charm pack. Using your favorite applique method and font, cut out and adhere the numbers 1-12 to these charm pieces. If you have questions about doing this, check out my method on a previous tutorial here.
Adhere these pieces of fleece to the backs of the squares.
Turn pocket right side out.
Pick out 12 more charm pieces. I chose to keep them in the green/brown/red/orange family.
Attach one strip to each long side of your piece of felt, cut off extra and save.
Cut a piece of fusible fleece smaller than the calendar piece. You will want to leave a 1 1/2" - 2" border around the fusible fleece piece. Put the "sticky" side of the fusible fleece down towards the calendar front.
Turn over and using saftey pins, secure all layers together.
Using your walking foot, stitch around the entire border (in the seam between the felt and the charm border). I used a blanket stitch but you could also just use a straight stitch or any decorative stitch you like.
Next you are going to lay out your pocket pieces.
Making sure to backstitch at the top of each pocket sew, using your walking foot, around each pocket, doing your best to keep your layers flat. Sew around the 3 sides of your pocket, leaving the top open.
When you finish the 1st row, pin on the 2nd row and sew it. When you finish the 2nd row, sew the 3rd row.
Using 6 charm pieces make 3 leaves using the technique outlined here: (it is the same method I used to make the bird). I just traced 3 leaves from my yard, but if you'd like the pattern I used for my leaves you can get it here.
Sew "veins" into your leaves, crinkle the leaves up in your hands to give them some dimension.
To make a pocket to hang calendar from:
Sew a 2"wide piece of ribbon to top of calendar. (you are going to sew the ribbon the fabric border piece, it will be as wide as the felt). Put a bit of fray check on the ends of the ribbon.
Press and turn towards back.
Pin in place.
Hand sew ribbon through along the top AND the bottom.
1 calendar per 2 charm packs.