Liberty print advent bunting

I made this cute project in 2014 for the Liberty craft blog but the whole blog has since been removed (sad face) and I had an email from a lovely reader who had started to make it last year and wanted to finish it in time for advent this year and could no longer find the tutorial. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to publish it here and it may be just in time for any one who didn’t catch it the first time to make it for this year (just two weeks to go!).

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

You will need:

Hessian (felt, heavy cotton or linen would work well, too) – approximately 1 metre

Liberty print cotton (any light or medium weight fabric will work) – approximately 1/2 metre of fabric

4 metres of bias tape

Fabric paint pen

Stencil and pencil

Ribbon, fabric glue and bells to decorate

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Cut 48 rectangles of hessian. Each rectangle should measure 12 x 14 cm.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

2. Cut 24 rectangles of your Liberty print. Each rectangle should measure 12 x 8 cm.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

3. Turn over a hem of about 0.5cm of each Liberty print rectangle. Press this well.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

4. Sew the hem using cotton that complements the prints you use.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

5. Place the Liberty print rectangle on top of one of your hessian pieces. Place another piece on top.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

6. Sew three sides of the rectangle using a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying. Leave the top of the rectangle open.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

7. Turn each flag inside out carefully, poking out the corners.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

8. Use a stencil and pencil to draw on the advent numbers 1 – 24 on each flag.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

9. Go over the pencil number with a fabric paint pen.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

10. Decorate your flags using ribbon or bells.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

11. Use fabric glue to stick on strips of ribbons.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

12. Sew your flags together by pressing the bias tape in half. Pin each flag at regular intervals into the tape and sew together.

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

13. Fill each pocket with chocolates or presents!

How to make Liberty print advent bunting | DIY advent calendar | Liberty print sewing project | Apartment Apothecary

Here are other advent calendar ideas that I have done the last couple of years…

2016

This year’s calendar is an easy chalk board idea using beautiful Houseology baubles. See the full post here.

DIY advent calendar | Blackboard advent calendar | Christmas decorations from Houseology | Apartment Apothecary

2015

Last year I made these sweet advent packages sewn in to Christmas shapes with a hidden treat inside. See the full post here.

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What are your advent calendar plans this year?

Katy x

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  1. mrs robinson 18th November 2016 / 10:09 pm

    A Christmas story advent for my little-ish boy (who is still loving revisiting the books from when he was younger, well he was last year!)… and possibly a tea bag advent for Mr R

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