I’ve finally finished an advent calendar and just in time, too. I was sewing the hangers onto these ornaments last night. And finished photographing this today!
I love advent calendars and have since I was little. But I wanted one that I could use year after year without needing to purchase or make anything every year. I was inspired by this advent calendar from The Sugar House Shop (pattern available for purchase).
The reindeer head is a silhouette I liked the look of, found through a google search and modified slightly to fit. After sewing the whole head and antlers on by hand, I sewed in small brown seed beads to use as hangers for the ornaments.
The pockets are made from the same white felt as the background with numbers embroidered on to each pocket. I just took a water-dissolving pen and wrote numbers on each pocket space (before sewing it in place) and then embroidered (using a back stitch) the numbers.
The tiny felt ornaments are entirely hand-drawn patterns made to fit in the tiny pockets.
Here’s a list of plushies and felt ornaments that inspired these:
I’m looking forward to putting up one ornament every day until Christmas, seeing the reindeer fill up with bright baubles.