Saturday, 21 November 2015

Advent Bunting Pockets

Are you beginning to think about your Christmas sewing projects yet?

About this time last year I designed a pattern for some mini Advent bunting for Justine and Lisa's Simply Solids blog and this year Justine asked if I could design a larger version.

Each of the pennants along the bunting is actually a pocket that you can fill with little treats to be opened one day at a time throughout Advent, just like a traditional Advent calendar.
The pockets close with a loop and button, so little hands can't go prying before the day!

Simply Solids have a fat quarter bundle for the Christmas fabrics available here and will be selling kits for the advent bunting at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show next weekend.

To make the bunting you need 6 fat quarters of Christmas print fabric, 6 fat quarters of solid fabric for the lining, 1.5 metres of ribbon for the loops, 24 buttons and 5 meters of tape.
This Christmas Dreams line by Dashwood Studios is the perfect fabric, I think!

Download the Free PDF pattern to get detailed instructions with photos and full size templates. The pattern is easy to sew and suitable for beginners. 
I used a machine zig zag stitch to sew the numbers on, and a Sewline glue pen to hold them in place whilst I sewed, but you could just as easily use a regular straight stitch or sew them on by hand.

If you are short of time, you could use adhesive felt numbers instead.

You can choose to place all the pennants in one long line or make 2 separate pieces.
I made 2 separate ones with numbers 1-12 in the first section and 13-24 in the second, but then ended up placing both together to get this shot!

They will make a lovely bright start to the Christmas festivities, so download your pattern and start our festive sewing today!

As always, if you're on Instagram, show me what you've made with the pattern using the hashtag #mackandmabelpattern I'd love to see your version!


  1. I absolutely love this!! Adding to my favourites so I remember to make one for next year!

  2. I made your bunting last Christmas for my Niece's twin girls, so because I had to fill them up with double little presents it was a bit of a tight fit! This new version looks so much easier to make and no pointy corners - I'm going to give this one a try - thanks for the tutorial :)

    1. How wonderful to hear that you made the last one, Lesley! I'm sure you'll find there is ample room for two gifts in each of these pockets!

    2. Last year I used my new Kam Snaps tool and used poppers instead of buttons - so much quicker and easier; for me anyway :)

    3. That's a great idea, Lesley. I have one. They're brilliant. Mind you have been known to set them upside down!!

  3. Absolutely lovely! Still not sure where we'll be living by Christmas, so no decorating as yet...!

    1. Thanks Fran. Let's hope you're able to move in in good time to decorate in style!


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