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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 June 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214885
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
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Sew Advent Calendars


Count down to Christmas with 20 stylish designs to fill with festive treats by Debbie Shore

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Book Description

Count down to Christmas with Debbie Shore. Sew unique, personalised advent calendars for your loved ones, and fill them with their favourite festive treats and handpicked goodies that they’ll really treasure. There are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike, along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step-by-step, with helpful tips and advice throughout. Using Debbie’s friendly and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s time to get crafty and create a new festive family tradition!

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Sewing Essentials 8
Sewing know-how 12
Adding treats 15
Counting down 16
The Calendars 18
Triangle Pockets 18
12 Days of Christmas 22
Christmas Cottages 26
25 Steps to Christmas 30
Felt Pyramids 34
Twig Pouches 36
Lace Pocket Calendar 40
Pleated Pockets 44
Calendar Girl 48
Snowman Calendar 52
Quick Cones 56
Calendar Cubes 60
Advent Bunting 62
Treat Bags 66
Four-week Calendar 70
Santa Express 74
Snowball Calendar 80
Promise Tree 84
Canine Calendar 88
Hanging Mittens 92
Templates 95
Index 96

About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career in television, as both a presenter and actor, though sewing was always a big part of her life. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She has written 29 books for Search Press, selling over 750,000 copies worldwide. Debbie is the winner of numerous awards, including Craft Influencer of the Year 2020, Best Sewing Social Star of the Year 2021 and Most Inspirational Sewing Personality of the Year 2021. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, an award-winning monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard series.

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK.

Visit her website: www.debbieshoresewing.com


Sew magazine

November 2017

The build-up to Christmas is arguably bigger than the day itself, and this guide book will ensure that you're properly prepared, with 20 designs to suit every family member -even the dog! As always with Debbie, her tehcniques are thoughtfully explained and packed with handy tips.

Libray Journal, USA

In her latest book, Shore (Half Yard Home) turns her attention to advent calendars in styles ranging from whimsical and kid-friendly to country-craft cute. Most of the calendars serve as a 24-day Christmas countdown, and there are options with pockets or pouches that can accommodate a small daily treat as well as those in which the countdown itself is the focus. The items are machine sewn with occasional hand-sewn embellishments such as embroidery or buttons. Shores instructions are clear enough for beginners to complete the projects successfully. As a bonus theres even a dachshund-shaped advent calendar for dogs, featuring a daily biscuit as a treat. VERDICT Sewists interested in creating their own custom advent calendar will savor this collection.

East Kent Embroiderers Guild

In her newest book Debbie presents twenty stunning designs for fabric advent calendars to create for all the family.  Each fresh and innovative project has full step-by-step instructions and full-sized templates where necessary and can be completed with ease by all abilities.  Debbie even suggests some treats to be hidden within the pockets, pouches and cones.  Perfect for anyone wanting to create something unusual and unique for the festive season and which can be enjoyed year after year as a special family keepsake.  Excellent value for money.

Customer Review

 I was sent a copy of this book by Search Press Arts and Crafts in return for an honest review. Well what can I say, I love Debbie Shore and already have some of her lovely books. I am also addicted to making her tote bags from her youtube tutorials from which I learnt applique which will be helpful for projects in this book. Her instructions are always clear. This book is packed with projects to either follow exactly or you could adapt to make your own original piece. Yes, these calendars are definitely on my to do list, after I return from holiday!

Customer Review

I have a few Debbie Shore books, but this one is going to be a favourite. Beautifully photographed and easy to understand instructions. Looking forward to christmas makes..

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I love this book! 

Customer Review

This is a must buy book! I love an advent calendar that comes with little gifts... there are many designs and lots of ideas such as what different numbers to buy. I like how you can customise the advent calendars however you wish. I love the idea of making a sausage dog version for dog treats for our pooch! The book has photographs and clear instructions including sewing essentials. This is the perfect way to do sewing in the run up to Christmas on cold autumn days. Off to buy fabric and haberdashery now!

Jessie at Home

Sew Advent Calendars by Debbie Shore includes 20 fun advent calendars for you to create. They range from weekly countdowns to daily countdowns and there is even a countdown for your dog. There are more traditional looking calendars, and some very original calendars. There is something for everyone here!

Debbie starts off with an informative introduction, and then moves onto Sewing Essentials. She describes a bit about each essential so you are sure to know what you need.

Next is a bit on Sewing Know-How. Debbie shares the important skills you will need to successfully create the projects in this book. This section is very informative and a great addition to the book!

After that there is even a page on treat suggestions and another on various ways to create your numbers for your advent calendars. Debbie has really given a lot of thought to all the information you will need to succeed.

After all that great info, the book moves into the 20 lovely advent calendars. Reading through, I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow. The patterns are very well written, giving the crafter the tools they need to create beautiful projects.

I really love the variety in this book. I would recommend it to any sewer looking for great ideas to decorate for the Christmas season.



Instead of buying ready-made advent calendars why not make your own?  There are twenty different types in this book all made from fabric and suitable for all levels of expertise, even children. 

I could say also suitable for the family dog as there is a delightful dachshund shaped one you will have to use your imagination to change it for cats.  If like me you are mostly familiar with the flat type with windows or the hanging type with pockets prepare to be amazed with the sheer variety of calendars in here.  From a rag doll holding a chalk board to bunting, wee bags, number cubes (think perpetual calendar), a snowman, cone shaped trees and my own favorite a train you will be spoilt for choice.  There are several types of bunting and the type with pockets in too, all different shapes and styles for displaying in different spaces.  Basic sewing equipment and skills are required but nothing more and special techniques are limited to a couple of embroidery stitches and making (and attaching) bias binding.  There is a list of ideas for the treats to insert, and some ideas for different numbering options plus a page showing small thumbnails of the calendars for easy selection.  Each project features a large photo of the item in situ plus a list of what you need, finished size and several steps with photographs.  The mitten bunting is a simple project that children can make by hand; a nice touch and many of the other calendars have simple parts that younger family members (or beginner stitchers) can make easily.  An imaginative book that a wide range of abilities can get a lot of fun out of.


It's countdown to Xmas with another fab book from Debbie Shore. Who does not love an advent calendar, that countdown that comes with little gifts? Debbie has created 20 designs, so you can make many people happy this Xmas. Includes sewing essentials and know-how - this is Debbies' rundown on what you need to know to make the projects; suggestions for adding treats, counting down - different numbers to buy and templates. Debbie has been inventive with her designs, using for example triangle pockets, quilted cones, cottage pockets, felt pyramids, pleats, chalk board, cubes, bunting, a train, tree, mittens and even a sausage dog. Discover many ways to deliver a countdown to Xmas with photographs and clear instructions. Never has Xmas been so much fun.

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