Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew – Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew – Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain
July 18, 2014 nicole

Hi Friends and welcome to my stop on the Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew Link Up Party!

I am so excited to begin my Christmas sewing – Wait isn’t it a little early Nicole??! If you think about it…you really do need to start early if you plan on getting some things finished, because no matter how early you plan it still takes so much time! Huge thanks to Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula of Mud Pies and Pins for including me in this fun Link up party – be sure to stop by and say hi!

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

For my project I made something I have had on my list for a long time – an Advent Chain, these are so easy to make and fun for kids to take part in as you count down the days until Santa arrives.

I wanted to make mine out of fabric and use snaps and a sturdy interfacing to make these last a very long time. Join me as we create a fun craft for your Christmas season!

Materials needed: to make a total of 24 chains

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

 

  • Therm O Web Heat n Bond Craft Fuse – cut into 2.5″ x 9.5″ strips
  • 24 fabric pieces cut into 3″ x 10″ strips
  • Snaps – I used plastic KAM snaps
  • Washable School Glue
  • Glue tip (optional and available here)
  • Sewing Machine and Notions (coordinating thread, rotary cutter and mat, scissors, pins or clips)

Step 1:

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • At your iron, fuse a piece of craft fuse to the wrong side of each fabric strip. Make sure to place in the middle so we can fold over our fabric sides in the next step.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Starting with your shorter sides, apply a thin line of glue to the exposed fabric – fold over and iron with a hot dry iron.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • This will set your glue and keep the fabric in place. Once you have your shorter sides glued down continue to the longer sides and use the same glue – fold – iron steps.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Here you can see all four sides glued down . ( I like using this method because sewing this type of craft fuse material wrong side out and trying to turn it right side out is almost impossible. This allows us to have a nice clean edge and not have a raw edge that could fray over time. – Huge thanks to Christy of Christy Creates that has an awesome tutorial using her glue tips)

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • You can now fold your fabric piece in half long ways and iron at the fold.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Stitch around the entire fabric piece, back stitching at the beginning and end.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Now that you have your chain piece finished you can add your snaps, you will need a complete snap set for each one. I love KAM snaps because they are affordable, and great for kids crafts since they are plastic and there are no sharp pieces.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Place each snap about 1/4″ to 1/2″ from each edge of your chain piece.

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

  • Complete each step 23 more times and you are finished! I love to make crafts like this assembly line style – all at once for each step. Do what works best for you and have fun!

Modern Handcraft : Countdown to Christmas Advent Chain

Here are some more images of the finished Advent Chains – thanks for stopping by on the HO HO HO and On We Sew tour and I hope you have fun creating a festive space in your home!

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Time to link up for a chance to win this great scrap pack from UK fabric retailer, Backstitch.

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Nicole




Comments (13)

  1. Celtic Thistle 4 years ago

    What a great idea Nicole!

  2. Vicki H 4 years ago

    I love this. I would like to make one for my grandchildren. Where do you find the snap too?

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Hi Vicki! Thank you so much and I am so happy that you loved this version! I bought mine on Etsy originally – the snap pliers and the snaps are sometimes sold separately. For an example here is a quick search I did for Kam snaps and a seller that sells a package deal. Once you have the pliers the snaps are so so cheap! I used them on my sleeping bag tutorial, bibs you name it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/179621528/250-kam-snaps-pliers-super-starter-pack?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=kam+snaps&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Thank you so much – and thank you for including me in the link up party!!

  5. krazgrlKaren 4 years ago

    Nicole I not only love this advent chain but I adore the fabric u used. Would you mind sharing what line that is?

  6. mudpiesandpins 4 years ago

    I love this idea Nicole. I’m defintiely going to have to make some fun ones with/for my boys. Thanks for hosting this month’s link party.

  7. Sandra :) 4 years ago

    Not only would these be good for Christmas, but they’d be great for other holidays (especially Halloween), and even just for a fun decoration!

  8. Vera 4 years ago

    What a fun idea. Looks great!

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Sandra, that is an awesome idea!! I have some scrap fabrics in orange and black and some left over halloween fabrics that would be so cute. Thanks for the comment, so excited now!

  10. Did you ever post a winner? I haven’t seen anything.

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    nicole 4 years ago

    Hi Diana! Thank you for alerting me of this, I made a revision to the blog post to announce the winner and I apparently didn’t save it!! Ahhhh – Sandra was our winner and she was notified by Fiona the blog hop coordinator.

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