Friday, November 6, 2015

Handmade Holiday Hop with Therm O Web

Welcome to the 2105 Handmade Holidays Hop!


I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event!  Here's how it works:

There is a Link List below for a ton of amazing HANDMADE projects that you can peruse through.  There is a new list with new projects from different blogs, each day, for the next 3 days (Nov. 6-8).  


To be eligible for the prize, you can complete as my entires as possible on the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post.  Check back each day for the next 3 days for more entires!  And here is the amazing prize valued at over $600 that you could win:


Oh my gosh what an AMAZING assortment of crafting goodies!  Here are all the sponsors that donated to this prize pack and also sponsored many bloggers with products:



Now I am SO excited to share with you my Handmade Holiday project!

Every year, I have been making simple paper advent calendars for my kiddos to do a countdown to Christmas.  This year, I wanted to make something that would LAST.  I created a quilted, circle-pocket, countdown calendar.


Supplies used:


-Background Fabric and backing (2 pieces about 24" x WOF)

-Batting: a piece just a bit larger than your project

-about 1/3 yd. fabric for binding

-black fabric for numbers (6"x12" piece)

-Therm O Web Heat N Bond Lite


-Therm O Web DecoFoil Transfer Sheets in Black and Gold




To begin, I search for circle shaped objects to make templates on cardstock.  I used a CD, a small paint can, and a lid from a toy container.  I cut TWO circle of the same size and print for each pocket.



Then I used the templates and traced them on the paper side of the Heat N Bond Lite.  Cut only ONE piece of interfacing per pocket. You will need to figure out how many of each size you need depending on what you cut from your fabric.




Using a dry iron, iron the Heat N Bond Lite to the WRONG side of one piece of fabric for each pocket.




Once you have all the Heat N Bond ironed on your circles, lay the out in your desired arrangement on your background fabric and pin in place, right through the paper, and iron them on one at a time.






For the pocket front, fold about a 1" flap to the wrong side of the fabric and iron to form a crease.  Stitch about 1/4" away from the folded edge and then trim off the excess fabric.




Use your Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive to glue each pocket to the front of the matching circle. Make sure just to glue around the edges to leave the pocket open.

Create a "quilt sandwich" with the front of the quilt, then the batting, and then the backing of the quilt.  Machine stitch around the entire edge of the circle with about 1/8" allowance (or more if desired). Quilt the white space as desired. I used a small, messy pebble look (I was thinking of little snowballs!).  Machine stitch on a binding.



For the numbers, cut a piece of black fabric about 6"x 12" and iron on a piece of DecoFoil Hot Melt adhesive to the top, leaving the paper ON.  Using a fabric blade and setting on your electronic die-cutting machine, cut the numbers out with your machine.  Alternatively, you could cut the numbers out by hand.


Once the numbers have been cut, peel them from your mat.  At this point, you can remove the paper on the top and place the numbers in between the parchment sheets that come with the DecoFoil Transfer Sheets.  Layer a piece of foil over the numbers (silver side down) and iron with a dry iron for about 30-45 seconds.  LET COOL COMPLETELY before you try and peel the foil from the numbers.



Once cooled, use the Fabric Fuse glue to glue the numbers to the front pocket of the circles.  And Voila, you are FINISHED!



Now just wait until December and starting planning what goodies you are going to put in each pocket!






Thanks so much for joining us for the Handmade Holidays 2015!  And a special thanks to Therm O Web and Blend Fabrics for the awesome products!




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25 comments:

Nikki C said...

Great advent calendar so colourful too

Cathy Homan said...

Awesome project! What a great keepsake.

ScrapaDiddle said...

This is a gorgeous and useful project. Going to share it with my sister!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Oops, forgot to tell you, I'm making cards this year to give as presents for all my grown nieces so they'll have cards to use throughout the year!

MARISELA PEREZ said...

Es un trabajo precioso!!!

L J Dogsmom said...

Love the thought, creativity and HAND work you put into this beautiful project.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

that is a wonderful project to be handed down through the generations - better make more of them for each child.
thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Jean Bullock said...

Very cute idea. I love the little pockets and the quilting. I am making card gift sets this year for my handmade gifts.

madisonznana said...

Very colorful and fun advent calendar.

TracyM #6773 said...

FUN advent :)
PRETTY design and FABULOUS tutorial!!!
THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION!!!

Cindy Feagle said...

This is so cute, great for nieces and nephews. Thanks for sharing.

Виктория Юрьевна said...


I like the idea of ​​Advent calendars. I have three years of posting in the house Advent calendar. Thank you master the idea !

tallulah1 said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a great prize!
Janelle R

Jen said...

such a darling advent calendar! thanks for sharing!

Linda Storey said...

Very cute. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

dragonswing said...

How cute is that! And I already have fabric I can use.

Cathleen Yahn said...

How cute it that! I will be making a paper one as I do not know how to quilt

petunia670 said...

What a fun idea, your kids will love it. Your quilting is really fabulous.

vinita jain said...

Love this quilting fun creation with lots of pockets! Really enjoyable! Thanks for sharing!

barbara macaskill said...

This is a great idea!! I am going to have to make one for my son to use for his boys!! I love that it is so easy to store it and that it will last for years!! Maybe one day my great great grandchildren will use it!!! TFS!

IamUniquelyImperfect said...

This is such a cute idea! Tfs Patricia B

Sue D said...

Love this idea--so fun and colorful!

Janis said...

Such a wonderful advent calendar!!! I haven't ever made one before, but this is a great idea!! I'm not sure how many handmade gifts I'll get made this year. I usually bake goodies, but maybe this year I can do a few other papercrafting or fabric items.
<3 J

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karen sabin said...

Very Cute idea

Arianna Barbara said...

Amazing creation! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!!!

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