Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sew Along Part 1: Pottery Barn Advent Knock Off

Update- Now that its finished, I wanted to show you a picture!
Hey guys! I am so excited to be starting my next project, which is making this awesome advent calendar from Pottery Barn a few years ago. It is way out of my price range, so I've decided to tackle the project on my own. Instead of posting the whole tutorial when I'm finished, I thought it would be fun to break it up into weekly tutorials, in case any of you would like to follow along. We've got the whole month of November to make this! It will not be a quick morning sewing project like my Thanksgiving Advent, so we'd better get started.

This week, I just wanted to give you a quick rundown of the supplies that I came up with. You have a whole week to buy your supplies, then next Thursday, we'll begin this project! I will have my tree cut out, and I'll show you how I did it. If you want to get a head start and have yours cut out too, then we can begin the meat and potatoes of the project together- which is decorating our 25 pockets.

I estimate the supplies were about $20 to make one tree. Awesome!

Suppy List:

--2 yards green felt
--1 yard muslin (to practice tracing your tree's shape)
--quilter's batting (the kind that is flat, i bought Christmas snow)
--1.5 yards interfacing
--craft glue
--thread and embroidery floss
--needles (we will be hand sewing and machine sewing)
--felt (lots of colors... green, red, pink, white, blue, black, yellow, cream... get different shades of each of these)
--embellishments: googly eyes, ribbon, buttons, puff balls, white glitter paint
--numbers (what's your plan? I'm going to chain stitch mine).
here's the Christmas "snow" that I purchased.

Please, if anyone has ever made this before or if you plan on making this, and have any suggestions, leave them in the comments and I'll update my supply list or tutorial along the way!

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5- Reveal


  1. This is awesome! Can you make me one for Christmas? :)

  2. Yay! SO excited for this! I NEED the motivation!!! With my mom found some "material"--not really material--but she found it at Roberts it's used with a Cricut--once you cut it out you peel off the back and iron onto the place you want. It has a felt'sh texture-- so it's perfect. If you are interested I can find out the name of it...

  3. Ooh I love it and I'm excited to see your tutorials. I've been wanting to do an advent calendar this year...maybe this will be the one!

  4. Sooo neat! I can't wait to see the finished product. I have been debating whether or not I should make an advent calendar or not. After this post, it makes me want to make one of some sort. This one is really cute:)

  5. This looks like fun! It's a darling idea.. I just may have to sew along:)

  6. This is adorable! I'm hosting a Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Party for the month of November. I'd love it if you linked this project up at Project Queen!
    I'm a new follower. I'll be following along with the tutorials.

  7. Love it! Thanks for the supplies list, this is one of the favorite advents I've seen!

  8. I love this project. I look through Pottery Barn all the time and am always thinking of ways to make my own versions of their stuff.

  9. Great, I wanted to make an advent calendar and now I can! Love Pottery Barn knockoffs, going to participate.

  10. I've seen this advent calendar in the PB catalog for years and have always wanted it, just not for $79 plus shipping! I'm not much of a sewer, but this might motivate me to give it a try! Thanks for posting!
    Blythe from

  11. Great minds must think alike! My sister and I copied this tree 2 years ago! We just finished making two more for Christmas gifts for our other sisters. It's a lot of work, but I LOVE my tree and it's totally worth the time and effort! Tip: get some premade felt items from Hobby Lobby (Make it Christmas line), they are super cute and save a lot of time!

  12. OK you caught my eye again this is very cool

    - KAT -

  13. I really want to make this for Christmas this year. I was curious, did you use acrylic or wool green felt for the tree. I didn't know if it would make a big difference or not. Thanks!


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