Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Advent Tree Tutorial

Hello and Happy Fall! I'm sooo excited to be guest posting on one of my favorite blogs today. Lil Luna is such a fun and beautiful place. I absolutely adore Kristyn- she has been so nice and helpful to me, especially when I first started my blog. Click here for the post on her blog! 
*Update: The full tutorial is now included in this post.

I am showing you the Thanksgiving Advent Tree that I just made for our family countdown to Thanksgiving! I'll tell you how I made it too. The idea is to have one leaf fall every day, until Thanksgiving. I have a little pocket in each leaf that holds a piece of paper, so we can do Thanksgiving related activities together, or write things we're grateful for.


burlap- whatever size you desire
brown flannel
felt- gold, orange, red, brown, green, etc.
sewing machine and notions

Step 1: Cut your burlap to the size you want. Mine in pretty big, and its not perfectly shaped, which I actually like. Then, freehand draw a tree. Cut it out, and turn it over so you can't see your pen marks.
Step 2: Iron interfacing to your tree. Use a press cloth between the iron and your fabric to avoid sticky residue on your iron. Cut out.
Step 3: Pin your tree to the burlap. Zig zag stitch the whole thing!
Step 4: Make your leaves. This year you only need 24, but makes extras because Thanksgiving is on a different day each year. I drew a shape on a piece of paper, and used it as my leaf template. I sewed decorative stitching down the middle of each leaf, and designed each leaf a little different. Mine are two layers, because I wanted to be able to use them as a pocket to hold a piece of paper. So, do your decorative stitch to the top layer, then sew the two layers together on the border of each leaf.
Then I free-hand cut out these letters and sewed them to a piece of felt. Nothing too fancy for this project, but that's how I like it!
Last, sew ribbon or attach it to a dowel so you can hang it on the wall.

That's pretty much it! You just have to figure out how to adhere the leaves to the burlap. I just used scotch tape for now, but I'm still scheming a better way. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them in a comment!  xo, Rach H 
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  1. Oh my goodness!! Rach, this is so stinkin' cute! I adore this! Thanks so much--I'm going to add it to my post right now!

  2. I LOVE this! I'm going to have to make one for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Coming from Adventures in Mommyland. Love that tree- what a cute idea!

  4. This is perfect! I love how adorable it turned out! Great job Rach!

  5. What an adorable idea!!! I love that!

    Visiting from Charlene's blog!!!

  6. Loved your idea! I am excited to see and join you along the way with the Christmas Tree Advent--- I started mine (using the same adorable inspiration!) at the beginning of October--lost a lil' steam but I am determined to have it ready for December this year-- so your blog will help me do just that!
    Love you!

  7. Fabulous! That is very cool :)

    Love for you to link up at:
    "Made by ME" Linky Party at JAQS at http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/11/made-by-me-5-linky-party-and-features.html

  8. That is so cute!! I love it! I am looking forward to your Sew Along.
    Jill @ Two Yellow Birds Decor

  9. That is so cute and such a fun family activity!

  10. Oh, what a beautiful family project! New follower....do you mind if I share this on my facebook page?

  11. This is soooo cute! I love the idea of the leaves falling! I found you over at My Girlish Whims! And became your newest follower!

  12. I so Love your BLOG name:) So beautiful! I love your advent tree too. I love Thanksgiving!
    Stay Fashionable! Love, Candy

  13. Rachel, It turned out so cute. I might need to copy your idea. My kids would love that. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Super cute! Love this. I'm stopping by from the linky party at Sassy Sites. Following now.
    I see some great crafts ideas on here can't wait to read more.

  15. This is so cute that I just had to pin it on my Thanksgiving board. Happy Friday!

  16. I love this thanksgiving tree. I'm pinning it in to hopes of making it next year :o)

  17. I love this thanksgiving tree. I'm pinning it in to hopes of making it next year :o)

  18. Hi! Hopped over here from Tatertots and Jello and I love this idea! This is such a beautiful wall hanging, and I love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing this project!

    -Melissa, Walking in Faith

  19. So beautiful! New follower from Craft-O-Maniac.

    Hope you'll check out my leaf art :)


  20. Super cute and thanks for the tutorial. Be sure to come link this up to my blog, CSI project on Thursday. It is all about Thanksgiving and Fall. SO this is perfect and you can enter to win the giveaway.
    Also, send me a message on the blog if you want to be a tutorial person or a guest judge. YOu are uber crafty!!!

  21. I featured you in this week's JAQS "Made by ME" Linky Party Features :)


    Thanks you so much for Linking!

  22. wonderful idea...I adore anything with a tree in it so you caught my eye (eyes)

    - KAT -

  23. This turned out super super cute! You make me want to learn how to sew! :)


  25. I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Pinning it:D


Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!
♥Rach H