Countdown to Christmas the Scandi way with an easy-sew wall hanging
50cm x 55cm (19¾ x 215/ 8") white spotty cotton fabric (we used Makower Monochrome in Spot-White) (Fabric 1) 50cm x 55cm (19¾ x 215/ 8") blue cotton fabric (we used Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in Dresden Blue) (Fabric 2) 50cm x 55cm (19¾ x 215/ 8") pink cotton fabric (we used Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in Bellini) (Fabric 3) 50cm x 55cm (19¾ x 215/ 8") dark red cotton fabric (we used Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in Crimson) (Fabric 4) Wooden dowel, 50cm (19¾"), 0.5cm (¼") diameter Two 44 x 67cm (173/ x
263/ 8") pieces of medium-weight cotton calico in natural 44cm x 61cm (173/ x 24")
stiff sew-in interfacing 75cm (29½") natural cotton cord, 0.5cm (¼") diameter Transfer paper Craft knife Cutting mat Rotary compass Matching sewing thread Forgo the shop-bought chocolate calendar this year in favour of a handmade beauty you’ll look forward to hanging in your home.
We think counting down to Christmas shouldn’t be exclusive to kids, so fill the pockets with mini gifts the whole family’ll love.
01 Cut the fabric pieces for the pockets. Fold Fabric 1 in half with right sides (RS) together and cut four triangles using the template on page 92, making four pairs.
02 Fold Fabric 2 in half with right sides (RS) together. Cut three 10.5cm (4¼") squares and three 19 x 10.5cm (7½ x 4¼") rectangles, making six pairs.
03 Fold Fabric 3 in half with right sides (RS) together. Cut two 10.5 x 8cm (4¼ x 31/ 8") rectangles and three 10.5 x 14cm (7½ x 5½") rectangles, making five pairs.
04 Fold Fabric 4 in half and mark out three 11cm (43/ 8") radius circles. Mark a straight line 1cm ( /8") 3 above what would be the centre of the circle, then cut out the larger half circles, making three pairs.
05 Lay out the interfacing with the length running horizontally, then place the two calico pieces on top, RS together, and aligning the bottom and side edges. Pin the bottom and sides, then sew 1cm ( /8") in from the three edges, 3 leaving the top edge unsewn.
06 Turn the layers RS out with the interfacing inbetween the calico layers. Fold the stiff interfacing seams flat and press.
07 Fold the open top edge to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( /8") and 3 pin. Top stitch around all four edges roughly 0.25cm ( /8") in. 1
08 Fold the top edge to the back by 3cm (1¼"), then pin and sew 0.25cm ( /8") in from the original top 1 edge to create a channel.
09 Take the fabric pairs cut out in Steps 1- 4 and pin and sew around the edges of each pair, 1cm ( /8") in, 3 and leaving a gap of approximately
5cm (2") on one side. For the triangle and semi- circle pieces, make sure the gap isn’t on the longest straight edge, as this will form the top of the pocket. Trim the corners of each pair, and on the semi- circle pieces, trim the curved edge seams to 0.5cm ( "). Turn the pockets RS out through
10 the gaps, fold the edges of the gaps to the WS, then press.
11 Use the templates on page 92 to draw the numbers onto the transfer paper. Cut each number out using the craft knife and cutting mat.
12 Fold the three blue rectangle pockets and two pink rectangle pockets in half along the length and press – these will each be sewn into two pockets along the centre. Place the calico base with the channel at the top and seam at the back. Arrange the pockets onto the base as shown in the main image.
13 Lay the numbers onto each pocket, noting which pockets will be split into two and need two numbers. Take each pocket in turn and place the numbers with the backing paper facing up, roughly 1.5cm ( /8") in from the bottom right 5 corner if it’s a square or rectangle, or from the top right corner if it’s a semi- circle or triangle.
14 Carefully remove each pocket from the backing and press the numbers in place following the transfer paper instructions. Leave to cool for half an hour – or as per the instructions – before carefully removing the backing paper.
15 Place the pockets back and pin in position. Sew along the side and bottom edges of each one, 0.25cm ( /8") in, leaving the top edge open. 1 For the pockets that are split in two, sew along the pressed centre crease. Sew the overlapped pockets first, then place the overlapping pockets back and sew.
16 To finish, thread the length of dowel through the channel, then tie the cotton cord to either end and use for hanging.