Two years ago I started to make a Holiday Calendar for my son. He was almost 4 and having a hard time with all the holiday happenings and not knowing what was coming up. To add to the normal holidays, his birthday is the end of November. I came up with the idea of a re-usable holiday calendar that spanned from Thanksgiving week thru New Years.
For the main part I used a duck cloth and a nice holiday print for the border. I made sure to wash and dry the duck cloth first because it shrinks significantly. With a little guy around I knew that there was good chance it would eventually need to be washed. I drew my grid on the duck cloth with a water-soluble or disappearing ink marker then used a small zig-zag stitch to make the calendar squares. I decided to use snaps to attach the number and holiday tags. I used snaps because, at the time, I was sure my son would re-arrange them at will if I used velcro. Snaps were also something that were difficult for him to use so I was also sneaking in a bit of occupational therapy when adding the number tag each day. If I were to do it now that is almost 6 I would definitely use velcro.
I made several "special" tags to add to the calendar so Milo would be able to see when the holidays and special events are. These were mostly round tags with a felt shape representing the occasion.
To hang this I used Command Picture Hanging Strips. I sewed one part onto the back of the calendar and used the adhesive to attach the other to the wall and they click together, sort of like velcro. I LOVE this product because I live in an older house with plaster and lath walls which make nails nearly impossible to hang decorations, etc.
I am so excited this calendar is finally done in time for this holiday season and is ready to be used starting Monday.
My second project was a quick one! I found this lovely red and light blue snowflake fleece in a box, I'm guessing from 2 or 3 years ago. I just love this color combination. I wanted a light blue binding with a print on it so I knew I would have to make some bias tape, which sounds hard but it really isn't. There is a great tutorial here if you are interested in making some too. I used a light blue print with white stars to make the bias tape. I cut the fleece too the largest rectangle I could then rounded the corners using a dinner plate as a guide. I find the easiest way to attach bias tape to blankets is with a zig-zag stitch. It insures that all layers are caught the first time around. Every time I try use a straight stitch there are parts of the bias tape on the underside that do not get caught and I have to go back and fix several areas. The zig-zag solved that problem for me.
Have you finished any long over-due projects lately? I'd love to hear about them!