|excuse the lumpy appearance, it's on my couch|
This one is for my in-laws, who I've heard enjoy advent calendars.
It is basically just a quilt with pockets, so it was fairly straightforward. Assembling the pockets was a bit of work, and of course quilting the whole thing together took some time. It was a pain trying to get all the pocket squares lined up nicely - but I think it was well worth the time and effort it took to rip out failed seams and do it over again.
Each pocket is lined with a contrasting or coordinating color, and little chocolate treats and activity cards are tucked inside. The activity cards are just little suggestions - "make hot chocolate" and the like - printed on colored cardstock.
I (painstakingly) cut out all the numbers for the pockets out of white felt, and glued them on using my new pink hot-glue gun. And that glue is for sure hot. I definitely burned myself a few times. The numbers are arranged in a random pattern to make 'opening' the advent calendar a little more fun.
It has been received positively, and my mother-in-law even said it helped her feel the "Christmas spirit". Huzzah!