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Make it: Fabric House Advent Calendar

teacher avatar Samantha Claridge, living, loving and making it

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Welcome video

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Cutting out

    • 4. Cutting and sewing the doors and windows

    • 5. Sewing the chanel on the back

    • 6. Pinning and sewing the layers together

    • 7. Turning through and sewing the gap closed

    • 8. Threading on and filling

    • 9. Thank you and round up

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to use up those little fabric scraps to make a stunning reusable advent calendar or fabric banner

With a few simple sewing and crafting techniques, you can create a new family heirloom to be used year after year. 

You will need some basic sewing skills. 

Meet Your Teacher

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Samantha Claridge

living, loving and making it


Sammy and H together have over 50 years of experience in crafts of all kinds, from English paper piecing to papercutting.

H has a background in design and spends her days educating and crafting with kids and adults in the Museum where she works in Surrey. Sammy has had a life long love of sewing that turned into her running her own haberdashery shop which is now online.

Together, they blog at Live it. Love it. Make it. and at least twice a week for the last five years have been sharing their crafty lifestyle, now they are ready to teach you all some really special projects and techniques here on Skillshare.

They are regular contributors to publications like Simply Sewing magazine and crafters favourite Mollie Makes magazine

Finalists in this year's Handmad... See full profile

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1. Welcome video: I ne were h and Sami and we run the log, Live it, love it, make it which is a crafty lifestyle block in this class. We're gonna teach you how to make a fabric advent calendar. We're gonna teach you basic techniques and saying machine, we're going to talk you through some fabrics on different techniques on as a little bonus tip at the end, we're gonna give you some great ideas to fill your event calendar as well. But for your advert, kinda you are gonna need cotton fabrics of various colors and patterns. A sewing machine. Citizens Needle is just an 80 for your sewing machine tape ribbon. A scene with her and I am can be quite useful fabric, glue and, of course, your treats to go inside. So, doctor, welcome you to this class on. We really hope that you enjoy making our Advent calendar as much as we did coming up with it. We're hopefully going to be able to teach you some good technique at the same time that you couldn't take with you to make some other things in the future as well. Thanks so much 2. Materials: to start with, you will need fabric glue. You can use any, but we like this gootman ht to glue scissors, Fabric says, is a good, but papers is might be useful to fabric. Feel backing on fabric, different scraps for the front and decorations as well. You'll need some type or bias finding for the back and ribbon to hang it on. Narrower than the bias binding A on I Am. This is little Hunde travel line that we have, and here's just a quick run down off the tools written down for you. 3. Cutting out: first step we're going to do is to cut out all the pieces that you're gonna need. We started by cutting out a small template to help was service. You're gonna be cutting quite a few of these. Our template measured 8.5 centimeters by 15.5 centimeters or four inches by 5.5 If you're in inches, we marked it with a pencil on our first piece of fabric and then cut it out carefully with a pair of scissors. The next piece you're going to cut is your pocket peace again. We cut a small template for that for inches square, 8.5 centimeters square. Do the same with that with a different coordinating or contrasting fabric. And again draw that out with a pencil carefully. Again, we cut a template s so it was easier. I would say that if you're gonna be doing the Advent calendar, which of us is gonna be cutting 24 of thes? That would definitely be a good way to go. Andi again gently cut out, and you can always trim an away any excess afterwards so you can see that's the pocket is gonna fit on the front of your house. Moving on next to the backing fabric. I traced around the backing peace quickly in the plane of fabric to go on the back. I use this pretty kind of all over print. It could be quite rough at this stage. Doesn't have to be perfect. Attractive. Your more proficient with using a Olfa cutter on a rule out. Then you can do it that way as well. I'm just assistance person, so I do it that way. So there you have your backing fabric, your front fabric and your pocket. Now I can move on to the next stage, which is decorating. 4. Cutting and sewing the doors and windows: The next step is to take some small scrap to use for your doors and windows to make your houses look like little houses you need. Teoh, have a look and figure out. Best thing to do is just to have a little play with any bits and bobs that you have lying around. You can use your pocket and place your doors and your windows quite close to the center of your pocket. Don't forget, we're gonna have a little hem across the top, and we're gonna be stitching all the way around to join the layers together. So start from the inside as little area as possible in there so that you've got some space to stitch around when you come to it. Keep playing around with positions. Don't forget. You can also use other things like ribbons and trimmings to pop in place. There is well, next we're going to take the fabric glue. Andi, pop a little spot of glue in the center of each of the shapes that you've chosen to use in order to keep them in place gently so that we can stitch around them on the sewing machine . Obviously, if this was bigger. We could use pens or clips or even tap them in place if you want to. I just find that glue is quick, so do that with all of your shapes. Then take it to the sewing machine. Fold over a small hem, really tiny, as small as you can bear to do it at the top edge of your pocket on Just run a quick, straight stitch all the way along the top. You can see him doing that here very carefully again. No need for pins. It's such a small hair and such a small length you should be able to hold it down on stitch as you go again. If you're nervous about this, feel free to attack it by hand first, or even if you want to do the whole stitching by hand, you can do that, too. Next, we're going to stitch the doors and windows in place again. I'm just going to use a straight stitch here. Just it, because it's easier for me. It means that I have to change my sewing machine. Furch and I quite like the look of it as well. You can see there when I get to a corner A. Roll my needle down into the corner and then lift up the foot and swivel the fabric around . I like Jonas. It means you get a really nice shop corner. It means you have to worry about curves or anything like that. I would say that you have ever done any machine embroidery before. You could do machine embroidery and put a free hand foot on here. Andi, go crazy with your stitching on. Have a really good time doing that. If you want Teoh again. If you want to stitch these by hand, you can do that with some pretty embroidery threats rather than doing it by machine. If you feel more confident to do it that way, I've done it this way because I like how it looks when it's finished, kind of quite scribbling and sketchy, but not to all over the place. You can see I'm just stitching carefully, little straight stitches, little bit of time, all the way around all the doors and windows you'll see in a minute when I take it off the machine that you've got a lovely finish when I'm just going straight back with on there. Take it out of the machine. Cut your threads off and you can see you just got really cute little basic door and three windows. 5. Sewing the chanel on the back: The next step is to take your backing fabric on your front pocket on. We're going to place the hanging tab on the back. We're going to make a channel with a piece of tape or piece of bias binding. I know my place Mine just above or just below the line of the pocket. We're gonna take it to sewing machine. We're gonna stitch it in pace. We're just gonna run a straight stitch down each of the longest edges you can see here. Just a straight stitch. I'm gonna take it all the way to the edge. Take it off the machine. I'm gonna place it back in the machine on the stitch down the other edge If you want to be super need entirely you contend the raw edges in, but I don't find that's necessary, particularly this where it's not gonna be moving up and down too much. It's just gonna be sitting and hanging from that tab 6. Pinning and sewing the layers together: collect together all your pieces, so your front pockets stick that's been stitched, your front panel and your back peace with your channel on. We're gonna lay these up now, so we concertante together, so we're gonna put the pocket right side on the front as if it would be. And then we take the backing peace and flip it to the back side so that it's right sides facing the pocket in the front piece to move your threads out off the way and pop them to the side. You can trim those if you want to. We're just gonna catch them in the stitches When you gonna take your pins the first I'm gonna be using pins because we've got some longer lengths to stitch this time on pa. Pose gently in all the way around. You can pin as much or as little as you like again. If you're nervous about you're saying machine or about using pins with your machine, you can stick around by hand to tack it in place. I still would advise pinning before you tack because we're gonna do a stitch up and around the top and back down the other side so a quick tack in place would help again. If you don't want to put your pins through your machine. Keep going with that was just pinning all the way around. As I said, you can use as many or as little pins as you like next. Gonna take it to them A sewing machine. So we're at the bottom now you can see that's the bottom of the pocket. We're going, Teoh Pop the machine fit down. We're gonna line it up with the edge off the fabric. And that's how we're gonna work out our seam allowance. We're gonna keep that they're all the time. That will help you to judge again. We're just gonna stitch a nice straight stitch all the way up beside all the way up in a straight line watching that the edge of the fabric is in line with the edge off the machine fit. We're going to stop just about here where we feel if you feel where your channel is on the back, we're gonna put the needle down into the fabric, left up and twist about 45 degrees again. It doesn't have to be super accurate if you want to You committed this all out. Before you start, we're just gonna make the point on the roof of the house. So again, And to get the kind of sentimental ish again, put the needle down, flip it around, kind of again. Feel for where the edge of your channel is gonna come and stitched down towards it. Stopping just if we get to the edge again, Needle down into the fabric, lift up your foot, turn it round and runs straight down the edge again making sure that your foot is parallel with the edge off the fabric. Continue away down until you get to the bottom. And then you could just run it off the bottom and snip your threads away. Should look a little something like this so you can see quite clearly that we've run up on across and down the side. 7. Turning through and sewing the gap closed: take your piece out of the machine. You can trim away the excess above where the roof is going to pay. You snip straight up across on snow across. Take any excess away again. You can simple your threats away at this point. Neat Nappanee edges. Any things that hang out if you've gone awry with your snipping earlier, be careful. We're gonna take the top section off here just to reduce the bowl, cut the corners. So just snip straight across there. Then we're gonna step little slits in being sure not to snip any off the stitching that we've just done a machine. Sweep away the excess. Go into the inside of your little house on, turn it through, making sure that your backing is alone and the pocket is on the side with your front of your house. Probably thing is inside to start pushing those corners out, you can see that I'm just pushing my finger into the corners, pulling out of shape to get that little house shaped ready. And then I'm gonna take my sisters, being careful not to poke them all the way through. I'm just going to use those to get those turned through points really sharp. And then I'm gonna pull it down carefully across those corners of the roof to get a really nice, neat finish smoothing out just by hand to start with And you can see when I turn it over that you got your first little how shape Isn't it cute? We love him. So the next thing you need to do is obviously finish up the folding of the bottom cause you otherwise, your treats, they're all gonna fall out. We don't want that to happen. So take it gently, making sure that you got your front to pieces on your back piece separately and just nipped in. I fold on both the sides that you can see. We're just folding both of those pieces the raw edges all to the inside off the little house so that your pocket is sealed at the bottom. This could be a bit fiddly, obviously can take its bigger or smaller. How much do you like to hear? But just be careful to make sure that both sides are neatly tucked in and then pop opinion to hold it in place. If you want to again attack it by hand with some threads if you want to, just with big running stitch. Next, we're gonna take that to the sewing machine. So again, just running a straight stitch all the way across the bottom of that to hold those turned in raw edges in place at the bottom of the pocket. We're going to go across that once. We're gonna press the reverse on the same machine and go back again. We want this seem to be particularly strong because it's gonna be the one that's holding all those treats in the house is so we definitely want nothing falling out of the bottom there. Sichel their course back and forwards a couple more times to make sure those stitches are secure. Pull it out of the machine, snip your threads off and there you have it. Your little pocket house 8. Threading on and filling: So here we are. We've made quite a few little houses. Now, this is our little row of houses. Obviously, depending on what you want to make them for, you need to truth, and you're going to make and repeat the steps that we've just taken you through. We've put a little safety pin on the end of the piece of ribbon hair, and we're just threading it gently through that channel we made on the back with the tape you should bear with that feed its three quite neatly with the little safety pin on the end there, pulling it through on then making sure that the ribbon is nice and flat. You can see all our houses look a bit different and we just love that look. Looks many kind of cute and fun on it. So great with you. Support your fabric scraps. Next thing we're going to do is to get everything a really good press. Obviously you can do this if you go if you like. I'd prefer to wait till the end because I hate finding that we're gonna I earn the more once they're on their tape. Also, it's nice that you can smooth out the tape at the same time. We're just going to give those all a really good smooth out. This is a little iron on patch. They're quite cheap and cheerful. You can use these cute little highlighter pens. We got the Eastern paper chase. We think they're really sweet, and obviously small gifts went really well. You can always mix it in with chocolates or fill it completely with these little, many chocolates. We like chocolate. The other thing you can do is obviously pick a slightly more extravagant gift for the last day, or even fill them in between things like now. Varnishes, Andi makeup and stuff works really well, particularly if you're feeling it for a teenager. And they always love things like Barry M. Andi. Things mixed in with the other things make it quite cheap and cheerful. Taste the sizes or travel sizes of products as well went really well. Anything that fits in these tiny little pockets. Really. Don't forget that if you don't want to make all 24 you think that's a bit overwhelming to start with, why not make us all banner? We've done six little houses here. They work out quite well. Very cute for a moving home or a new home present. Okay, that's all you need. If you want to make the event calendar office, you're gonna go on to make 24. We advise that you bring them in smaller strings. They're not all in one long string. But obviously it depends where you're gonna hang it. If you think that you've got enough space to display them on two strings or even on one continuous long string, that would be really cute. Teoh, Just don't forget to use something like command hooks on your wall so that you can take them off easily. Andi not have to leave them up all year round. Although they would look adorable, left up all year round. 9. Thank you and round up: many have your finish, I think. And, uh, you can hang it up and add your trees for the beginning of Don't forget that you could also make one these cute little banners for any time of the year. They make a really cute newborn baby gift. Just a little houses made it different from POTUS would be quite sweet. And you could just make a couple of make them into gift tags by putting a little island in the top here on, then putting a little gift card or something inside. Don't forget to upload your project to the gallery so we can take a look. See what you've chosen to put inside on what fabrics you've chosen to use because we always like to be a bit nosy. Hope you had fun doing the project as much as we have sharing it with you. We love to see you again soon.