Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sew Along Part 2: Pottery Barn Advent Knock Off

Welcome! I'm so excited about this project! Sounds like there's a few of you wanting to follow along! Yay!
(if any of you have recommendations or questions along the way, let me know)!
If you're just joining, don't fret, there's still time to make this before December 1st. 

Last week I gave you a list of supplies.
Today, we are getting our big things all cut out, and beginning our squares.

Here we go.

  1. Think it over in your mind. What colors do you want your squares to be? What types of decorations will you be doing? Exactly like Pottery Barns'? Or a few with your own spin?
 Here's what I'm doing....
I cut  25 squares 4inches by 3.5 inches. You can get 6 squares out of one piece of felt using those measurements. (I just *might* be making more than one of these advents....)
I used brown, dark red, cream, green, yellow, turquoise, and light blue felt.

2. Then lay them out on your piece of green felt, so you can get a feel for what it'll look like. I used the same spacing that Pottery Barn did, 7 rows of 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, and 6 squares. *The way I have them laid out here is too close together! I forgot to add space for the numbers that I will be embroidering underneath. This is just a rough draft.
3. I figured out the spacing of my squares, by turning them lengthwise on my felt. Now I have plenty of room for everything. Now its time to cut the tree. I placed a piece of muslin over my squares, and free handed the shape of my tree. I referred to the Pottery Barn picture many times to get it just right.
If you mess up, just cross out the marks that you don't like, and keep going until your shape is just right.
4. Fold your muslin in half, and cut it all out.
Then place it on your tree, and cut it out. I love it!
*You will want 2 layers of felt for your tree. (not pictured)
Here's the general shape so far.
8. Cut out a tree stump and a star. I want mine both to be 2 layers thick. I used one sheet of brown felt and folded it in half. For the star, I used 2 sheets of felt. (I free handed a star on a piece of muslin before cutting).
9. At this point, it is a good idea to come up with a "list" of decorations you plan on doing. I got started on the easy ones first. My list is at the bottom of this post. There will be lots more on pockets next Thursday!
10. For each pocket, after you do your hand-sewing, you should iron interfacing to the back to protect your stitching. Then, I folded the top of the pocket over 1/8 and sewed down, to protect it when its finished and you're putting items in and out of the pocket.

You can get started with decorating your pockets! I'm going to have all mine done by next week to show you! Here are my plans... subject to change :)

1. snowman
2.stripes and buttons
3. wreath
4. gingerbread man
5. snowflakes
6. large dots
7. frill
8. mistletoe
9. frill tree
11. ice skate
12. mittens
13. penguin
14. presents
15. dots
16. ornament
17. stocking
18. dots
19. ballerina
20. stripes
21. bell
22. frill
23. dots
24. santa
25. baby jesus

Let me know if you have any questions!


  1. I can't wait to get started!!! Looking good!

  2. I love the PB advent calendar so I can't wait to see yours. I'm sure it's going to be just as awesome if not better.

  3. This is just too cute! I can't wait to see the finished project. It seems like you are going to put quite a big of detail in the pockets, I love it:)

  4. I love this! And it turned out very well! I actually would love to make this, since we are in need of a new advent calendar!

  5. THis looks like so much fun i might need to start one!

  6. Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party on Friday!! I LOVE to see all of the great ideas! All week this week, we will be doing Thanksgiving themed link ups. Monday is Turkeys, so if you have something you've created that is turkey-ish :)... come by tomorrow and link it up!!

    marni @ Sassy Sites!

  7. Looks great. I love advent calendars. They turned out great I'd love you to add it to my link party at

  8. Really love this :)) So awesome and adorable..These are soo pretty.I have a Pin Inspirational party happening today I'll love for you to link this too please :)) TY ..Wishing you an awesome day..M


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