I've been wanting to do an advent calender tree for awhile now, but I haven't gotten around to it in Christmas' past & haven't known exactly how I wanted to do it. When Sukie invited me to the Ruby Star Wrapping blog tour & I saw the cute 5 minute party pouches project in the book, I knew they'd work perfectly for the project I had in my mind.
First, this book by Melody Miller and Allison Tannery is gorgeous. Their projects & vision for the book is gorgeous, and the publisher, Roost Books, did a fantastic job of pulling everything together & producing an absolutely stunning book. I was so excited that we were able to give all the Sewing Summit attendees their own copy at the conference this year - and the attendees were loving it as well!
The 5 minute party pouches project from the book isn't difficult at all. You don't need a pattern & it definitely is a quick project, I made 24 of them in less than an hour. I love that reading through the project instructions inspired me to use them for lots of different ideas - wrapping little trinkets for stuffing stockings, making some a little larger for delivering neighbor gifts, and some little 5" x 2" ones were perfect for the advent calender tree I've been wanting to make.
I made the project in the book even easier by just using one big rectangle of fabric (cut 10" x 4"), folding it in half, and stitching up the two open sides (the book has you use two different fabrics, one for each side). I trimmed the top with my pinking shears so it wouldn't fray, and then tied up the tops with some bakers twine.
I had a little 4 foot tree that I knew would be the perfect size for the advent calender tree. I kept the decorations simple because I had used some of my favorite fabric for the pouches, and really wanted them to be the stars of the tree. I just used white lights, a simple burlap bunting, and some big red rick rac trim for a little garland.
I stuffed each of the pouches with 24 different Christmas / holiday themed activities - one each for every day starting December 1st and going thru Christmas eve. I attached them to the tree with miniature clothespins I found at Hobby Lobby. I love the way it turned out & I can't wait until December so we can start choosing a pouch each day.
Here's some more information about the Ruby Star Wrap Along - including some prizes, where you can buy the book, and where else you can read about these fun projects!
Remember you can link up your project to the Ruby Star Wrap Along linkup at Sukie's blog for a chance to win some fun prizes!
This week's prize for linking up is:
(1) $40 Gelaskin Gift Certificate
(1) Drygoods Design Prize Pack (includes Melody Miller's fabric)
Don't forget to check out the other posts in the series - here's the full calender:
11.7.12 - Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 - Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 - Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 - Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 - Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 - Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 - Sukie of Sukie - don't you know who I am?
11.26.12 - Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 - Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 - Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 - Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of The Happy Zombie
And also where you can purchase the book! I love it & definitely recommend it!
P.S. In the interest of keeping it real, I thought I'd share this picture with you - welcome to my "studio"! Please note my photographer's assistant, my fine selection of books & stuffed friends to keep you company while you wait, my amazing studio lighting, and my comfy studio seating (aka an unmade bed who's sheets are in the wash!) ;)