Posted on December 1, 2014

Christmas Stocking Advent Bunting

On the first day of Advent my true love gave to me…

Christmas Stocking Advent Bunting

Each Christmas, as a bit of a family tradition that has continued into adulthood, my Mum and I always buy each other an advent calendar. Not chocolate advent calendars (though that did happen one year due to leaving it all a bit late), but advent calendars with beautiful Christmas scenes such as a festive woodland or an old fashioned Victorian house.

One year in a bid to be eco and ethical and to create an ‘heirloom’ experience, my Mum got me a beautiful wooden advent calendar. It’s shaped like a Christmas tree with small wooden numbers to hang onto the tree, which are kept in Santa’s sleigh wrapped up like presents until their date arrives.

I loved the idea and the thinking behind it, but I really missed the joy of opening the little doors each morning and trying to guess what might come next. (I know. I’m in my thirties now. I need to move on.)

But I think Christmas is a time when it’s OK to regress a little to childhood. And despite my best efforts to declutter, I like to keep my advent calendar each year so that when I get out my box of Christmas decorations and wrappings, I rediscover each year in advent too. It’s a bit like a ready-made journal of Christmas past – one was a fold-out book with a little inscription.

This year however I have made my own heirloom version with this Christmas Stocking Advent Bunting.

I bought the fabric as a pre-printed panel of little stockings, and then cut out each stocking shape and lining, and then sew each tiny stocking together.

Each process had to be done 5o times – 25 outer stockings and 25 linings – which all had to be sewn up separately and then ironed and turned and ironed again and snipped and then sewn together and ironed again.

It was a big job. In fact, I think if I had realised just how big a job it would be, I might not have done it. But I’m glad I did because now I have this beautiful gift to give to my Mum for Advent, crafted with love.

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Some other great advent calendar makes from around the web:

Christmas Stocking Advent Bunting

I spotted a magnificent Advent calendar in a little religious shop in Helsinki earlier in the year, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it. It was at least A2 in size, glittery, and featured an enchanting and detailed scene with a beautiful church.

I would have bought one but they were very expensive, (and it was July).

What Christmas and Advent traditions do you have?

Do you make/craft a unique Advent calendar, or love to choose a beautiful festive scene?

Christmas Stocking Advent Bunting

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9 Comments

  • Reply Sandra Kelly December 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    This is such a beautiful gift idea! So much work. I’m sure your Mum will get a real kick out of the time and effort you have gone too. :-)

    • Reply daintydora December 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Sandra. My mum loves it! It is definitely ‘the gift of advent’! x

  • Reply Sarah @ Sarah's Heart Writes December 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    This is such an amazing thing to do and I really do love your project this year. What a wonderful gift to give your mum and what an incredible tradition to have. Our lives are so enriched by the traditions we create don’t you think, and this one is beautiful. Thank you for sharing xx
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    • Reply daintydora December 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Aw thanks so much Sarah. Yes I think traditions and family are at the heart of the holiday and festive season for me. I still remember the Christmas’s of my childhood and it’s the traditions and rituals that I remember most fondly. Hopefully this advent bunting will be part of many Christmas’s to come xx

  • Reply Pip December 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Thank your for the ace festive tips! And thank you for including me! That stocking bunting is amazing!! What dedication! And totally worth it. ACE result. x
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    • Reply daintydora December 1, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks lovely Pip – I am rather proud that I managed to do it all in time! Your Advent ideas are so inspired and creative and so very deserving of a mention in the ‘Inspiration Emporium’. I think your teachings must be behind so many exciting blog journeys by now – I’m honoured to get a comment from you on the first day of Dainty Dora :) xx

  • Reply Lila December 2, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Love your bunting and your lovely site, well done!
    Thank-you so much for including me in your round up that’s so sweet.

    • Reply daintydora December 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Lila, and your so welcome. I love the idea of the ‘Christmas Menagerie’ and that it’s so unique but easy and fun to make (and upcycles matchboxes and toys). Magical x

  • Reply Thoughts of Advent - Dainty Dora's Inspiration EmporiumDainty Dora's Inspiration Emporium December 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

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