How to make Rudolph Advent Calendar – over 2 sessions
Date and Time of Class: October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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NOTE : This class is run over 2 sessions : Tuesday 26.10.21 & 09.11.21 010.00am to 1.00pm
The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
This Rudolph reindeer inspired advent calendar has been specially designed by Gary Mills for a Christmas themed workshop. Gary has thoroughly enjoyed gathering some of the best ideas out there in the crafting world and incorporating them into this festive outcome.
The main motif had to be Rudolph; a simple yet effective applique reindeer design using bonded fabric appliqué, with a simple zigzag stitch to achieve the centre piece of this calendar. Gary has also incorporated the idea of different style pockets and bags to hide little sweets and gifts, as you count your way through from the 1st of December right up to Christmas day where you get to open your own little red Santa sack with a special treat! Little touches such as the red buttons to hold the bags from antlers and ears, a bell for his neck and some hand stitching details give this calendar a sophisticated and skilled finish anyone would be pleased to have hanging amongst their festive decorations this Christmas. You will love making it, putting all the elements together as you get into the spirit of the season.
What You Will Learn in this Workshop
The calendar to complete will take longer than the time of the workshop as the session is designed and planned to teach you how to make the outcome. The two sessions (part 1 & 2) will be divided up into the specific elements to inform and practice those which are incorporated in the design of the calendar. You will be given the template for the design and some homework to prepare for the second (part 2) workshop.
The elements to achieve in this first workshop are position and bond the main applique motif and to start some of the zig zag edge stitching. Next is planning and making an example of each type of pocket; firstly, the numbers, will you hand stitch, or will you cheat with pre purchased numbers? it is up to you, but we only need a few of the numbers to get started for the examples we will be making. Then you will work on a row of simple patch square pockets, then the bunting pockets and then the mini-Santa sacks.
Finally, I will talk you through the final finishing touches such as the binding and how to create the hanging rod channels on the reverse.
Advent calendar outcome measures 17” x 28”
Level of Experience
- Skill level needed for this workshop is for an intermediate or practiced beginner (all the skill elements are broken down into stages and Gary is a very experienced teacher who will give clear guidance or further links to help support your learning requirements)
There will be guidance notes to support the session and aid in the finishing of the actual advent calendar after the session has ended.
Materials / Equipment required by Attendees
- Base background fabrics:
- Either medium weight calico or similar weight cotton or linen in cream, ivory or white 17” x 28”
- Batting / interlining 17” x 28”
- Backing cloth cotton colour neutral 17” x 28”
- For the Reindeer Applique:
- Bonda-web or similar iron on fusible fabric adhesive 14” x 19”
- For the reindeer you will need squares of coloured cottons measuring 12” x 12”
- Head: Brown 12” x 12”
- Head & Antlers: Mid brown 12” x 12”
- Head: Christmas themed print 12” x 12”
- Nose: Red small scrap
- Eyes: Light fawn / cream scrap
- Eyes and mouth: Black small scrap
- Optional: small bell for around his neck
- 4 x red 1/8th” buttons
- For the bags, bunting and sacks: Select your fabric to create the ‘Scandinavian style’, I have chosen a selection of red and white prints, block colours and ditzy dots to work together. Have a look what you have in your stash to use. You will need a selection of 7 minimum size 12” x 12” minimum or you can use fat quarters.
- For the numbers: 1-25
- In my example I have hand sewn mine with Perle thread or similar embroidery thread on to some white cotton backing which I have then cut up and stitched, alternatively you may wish to print them or even purchase small felt numbers to glue on. This needs to be decided prior to the session as you will be fixing the numbers while you make up the bags, bunting and sacks.
- 1/8th” red ribbon x 60”
- Machine thread: ivory / cream / brown/ black & red
- Red coloured embroidery thread (I have used red cotton Perle thread, or you can use DCM thread or similar)
- For the binding and hanging channels, keep to a plain red if possible, so not to detract from the main design, binding cut and joined on the straight grain measuring in total Length 134” x 2 ½ “wide.
- For hanging:
- 2 x split bamboo canes 1/8th “thick 17” long
- Ribbon for handing 24” long
- Fabric, paper, and embroidery scissors
- Useful: Roller blade and cutting mat
- Hand sewing needles.
- Tape measure & quilters square or ruler
- Fabric marker pen (I have used a Frixion pen) or similar.
- A sewing machine (straight stitch & zig zag used)
If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.
- Gary Mills