Advent Calendar Workshop

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Get ready for the festive countdown and make a fabric advent calendar with us on a Full Day workshop in the Crafty Sew & So Studio!

We'll start the day with a cuppa and cutting out all your panel pieces using your choice of scissors or rotary cutter, then we'll press and pin the pockets in place before breaking for lunch, then in the afternoon you'll learn how to precisely edge stitch your pockets into place and add backing, wadding, hanging loops and binding (optional) to finish off your advent calendar.

You'll make a wonderful heirloom fabric advent calendar to enjoy every year! 

The workshop fee includes all your materials and teaching in a small group with an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly tutor. 

You have the choice to use our fantastic Janome and Brother workshop machines or bring your own machine. Please let us know in the comments at the checkout if you will bring your own. 

 What's included? 

  • An advent calendar panel of your choice
  • 55 x 110cm coordinating backing fabric
  • 50 x 75cm wadding
  • 3m of 2.5cm/1 inch wide bias binding 

What will I need to bring?

  • Your machine if you choose not to use our workshop machines – don’t forget the power cable and foot pedal!
  • A notebook
  • A camera or phone to take photos is handy
  • Food to heat or a packed lunch or money to buy lunch at a local cafe or shops - microwave and fridge facilities are available

Everything else is provided including equipment and materials. 

Learn All these essential skills! 

  • How to cut fabric using the printed guides 

  • How to prepare, press and attach the pockets

  • How to add wadding and quilt the panel
  • How to bag out the advent calendar to back and hide raw edges or finish with bias binding 

  • How to add hanging loops


We are a Covid-19 Secure venue and have implemented all government guidelines.

How Covid Safe works in the Crafty Sew & So Studio: Please take a good look at our Covid-secure page for all the up to date details.

Please make sure you’ve checked your diary carefully as bookings are non-refundable within 30 days of the date. Read our Ts & Cs before booking, these also cover lots of other questions so please do read them!

You’ll receive a confirmation email upon booking and you’ll also receive a reminder email in the week before your class. If you don’t receive these, please check your junk/spam folder.

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We can’t wait to see you in a workshop very soon!



Your kit includes:

  • An advent calendar panel of your choice
  • 55 x 100cm coordinating backing fabric
  • 50 x 75cm wadding
  • If you wish to finish the edges with binding you will need to provide 3m of 2.5cm/1inch wide bias binding

You will need: 

  • Thread
  • Ruler and marking pens/chalk
  • Sharp fabric scissors/ Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine with straight stitches and a universal needle
  • Iron and an ironing board
  • Pins and basic sewing kit (a kit list will be sent to you) 

You will also receive: 

  • Sewing kit list
  • Zoom set-up guide


Please note: Because we are sending your materials before the class no refunds are available for this booking less than 10 days before the workshop unless we have to cancel. Please see our full refunds policy for details.

Can't make it to the class? Take a look at our panels available to buy and sew and home

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