Christmas can sometimes leave your house in a bit of a clutter. The excess of wrapping paper, packaging and other trimmings certainly aren't helped by all the leftovers created by disposable advent calendars and throwaway decorations. For Christmas 2014, we at Ajanta Studios recommend taking a different mindset and approach to your holiday decor by creating your very own festive decorations by hand. A wonderful family activity for both children and adults alike, we've got two sewing patterns in particular that are very much worth adding to Santa's list!
The Make Your Own Advent Calendar Kit is a fantastically ornate crafting project that, once completed, can be refilled, reused and re-cherished again and again for many Christmas' to come. A parcel containing all the already-printed materials and full making up instructions, it takes only a relatively small amount of sewing knowledge to turn this kit into a mainstay of your Yuletide decorating set.
With the image on the front being that of a roaring fireplace, the cosiness continues with 24 pictured panels to attach and stock up. Unlike regular, store-bought advent calendars, you can choose to be creative with the contents of each day's door. For example, instead of a simple cheap chocolate, you can house a more luxurious bit of bonbon, or something equally magical like a miniature toy, a clue to a special gift; whatever is the tradition in your family!
Complete with a cute little gingerbread name tag, like the advent calendar we've made sure to include all the necessary materials plus instructions - all you need is the needle, thread and a pair of scissors. It's another fantastic Christmas project for children, supervised of course, that will develop their crafting ability and an appreciation for all the hard work that gets done during the holidays!