Dear Santa Inspiration

When Spoonflower Fabrics announced that the contest for this week was to design an Advent Calendar kit,  I knew just what I wanted to do.

I thought it would be nice to use Dear Santa letters as the little softie that would fit into each pocket.  Of course I would have one letter from a little boy and one from a little girl.

The pockets are little Dear Santa letters and marked with each day in December instead of numbers.  The last letter says MERRY CHRISTMAS.

I found the perfect quote from Norman Vincent Peale:

And I added my watercolor painting of the Christmas tree for a storybook I wrote for my girls when they were little.  Then I took the children from Fairy Lake design and combined them to create the actual design:

This is a sample of what it might look like on the first day of December with one letter in the pocket.

The most difficult part of the design was to include not only twenty-four pockets and letters, the actual hanging calendar, but to include the sewing directions.  All on one yard of Quilting Cotton Fabric.

I thought it might be easer to use fusible web for the little softie letters than to sew each one.

I designed the yard to hold the hanging calendar on one side of the yard and the cut-out letters and pockets on the other side.  I put the instructions, as part of the challenge on the bottom righthand side of the design.  I ordered one to make up and share with you.

Here is the final design printed on one yard of fabric measuring 42" x 36 inches on a Quilting Cotton fabric.  It is called Dear Santa Advent Calendar.  I included it in my Christmas fabric collection.  Once I receive my fabric kit I'll create the calendar for you to see.

So, this week's contest over at Spoonflower is for an Advent Calendar kit.  As always there are gorgeous designs to choose from.  Why not stop by to have a peek on Spoonflower's blog, and vote for your favorite.

The lovely Kim Klassen has given me permission to use her KK Texture 4 as the little parchment for my letters.

The music for this post is from one of my favorite Christmas movies, Home Alone.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU are THE INSPIRATION!!!! What you create on a regular basis Karen, is outstanding...just incredible!!!! THE SEASON IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a darling idea, Karen! I love the idea of the envelopes, everyone loves a little surprise!! Thanks for the link...I'm going to have a peek! ;-D


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I loved looking at all of the designs on the website but haven't figured out HOW to vote! lol I guess I'll go back and look again! Hugs! ♥

Snap said...

Karen, I love it! Wonderful. Love the little bunny!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I figured out how to on the top of the design until you see a green box...easy! I voted for yours! What great designs! ♥

Dolores said...

Oh Karen, your work is so beautiful!!! I love the watercolor painting.... so soft and pretty!

A fun and pretty advent calendar!
Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Vee said...

How inspired you have been with this project. It looks so darling. I'll be very interested to see it all made up.

Cinner said...

I think this is wonderful Karen. you are so inspiring. hope you have a wonderful week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh Karen, this is so beautiful! I love the snow filled tree and the idea of little children letters going in the pockets.

I always had an Advent wreath and candles with my children when they were young, lighting up another candle for the weeks in the month of December after we attended church on Sunday. It was always a special moment.

Wishing you and your family a very joyful Thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

Most clever! You are full of creative ideas, Karen.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous! I like the way you combined your watercolor with textures and made such a beautiful card. You are so talented.

smiles, Sharon said...

You are always "topping" yourself! It is truly inspiring. When our children were young, I made many types of advent calendars and always had the German paper ones. Yours tops it all....I so hope you win...
Gosh what will come next??????? smiles: sharon

Kathleen Grace said...

What a fabulous idea Karen! I love the tree and the children and the little letters are so adorable:>)