Ready or not - Christmas is coming!! Actually Christmas is almost here!
I have been thinking about this project for years (seriously - I think it's been about 5 years) and I finally decided to do it! I am so glad that I did! My kid are excited to start counting down to Christmas!
It is actually pretty easy, I made an easy triangle pattern for you to use when cutting (click there>) : triangle.pdf
I cut out 50 Triangles (TIP: fold the fabric in half and cut 2 at a time) ;)
With the "pretty sides' of 2 triangles touching, I sewed down 1 side using a 1/4 inch seam.
I then attached my Santa Hat Fur Trim! (I bought 10 yards - it already comes about 2 inches wide), I decided to save a little time and not cut the fur, I just sewed the hats on it like a chain leaving enough room to cut the fur and sew it together (I would guess about 3 inches between each hat). Sew slowly and try to "comb" the fur out of the way, it can get wound up on your machine's presser foot. Sew as close to the fur as you can, make sure you are sewing the fur and hat fabric together. There is nothing worse than finding out you just barely missed the back piece of fabric!
Cut the fur trim and then take the 2 triangles with the "pretty sides' touching sew down the other side, over the fur too.
Turn each hat right side out! I attached a string loop to hold my Santa hats, but it would be cute to leave that part out and use a decorative clothes pin too.
This step is important! Enlist your awesome neighbor girl to help you make number tags, attach them to the hats and come up with 25 "to do's" for the kids to pick each day (I put candy in the hats too).
My Christmas Advent Calendar To Do List:
(I did look at my actual calendar to determine how much time we would have to do our "to-do")
1.Do something nice for some one today
2. Listen to Christmas music
3. Get a Christmas Tree
4. Make an Ornament
5. Read the Christmas story
6. Write letters to Santa
7. Make paper snowflakes
8. Attend a Christmas Concrete (My son's school concrete!)
9. Ice Skating
10. Visit Santa
11. Make Christmas Cookies
12. Color a Christmas picture or write a note to a family member
13. Go for a Winter Walk
14. Drop off cookies to the Police Station and Fire Department
15. Read a Christmas Story
16. Surprise a friend with a treat
17. Christmas at the Farm (my family's big Christmas party)
18. Go Ice Skating
19. Watch a Christmas movie
20. Look at Christmas Lights
21. Dinner by Candle light (apparently this day is the longest night of the year)
22. Leave a treat and note for the garbage man
23. Make Reindeer Food to leave for Santa
24. Sleepover in the playroom
25. Merry Christmas
I hope that your Christmas season is filled with lots of love and magic! Do try to slow down and enjoy each day for what it is (yeah, sometimes it is a busy crazy mess, but that's ok).
Check me out at www.instagram.com/meg.jels.designs/ or on www.facebook.com/meganjelsemadesigns/ to see how we actually do with our Christmas Advent Calendar "To-Dos". :-)
Have a blessed Christmas season!
Check back late for a tour of my "Christmas" house! (as you can see from my list - we don't even have a tree yet)
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm Megan. A wife, a mother of 2 and a home/interior design consultant. I love creating beautiful spaces and beautiful things. Just trying to figure this whole thing out! ;)