Advent Calendar 2017 – Freebies & Inspiration

Are you ready to start counting down to Christmas? The “Circle of Joy” project from the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Sew News is a great and uniquely fun way to do that!

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closeup 200x300 Advent Calendar 2017   Freebies & InspirationThis advent wreath is made from cotton and felt supported by a large embroidery hoop. Hanging from buttons on the wreath are more, tiny embroidery hoops, each numbered with hand embroidery (or machine embroidery, if you prefer).

The mini hoops hold a surprise — on the back of each one is an activity that will help you and your family get into the Christmas spirit. They can be as simple as “make hot cocoa” or as heartwarming as “bring cookies to the fire station.” We’ve also included blank versions so you can add your family’s own special traditions. The whole set can be printed on a sheet of 1”-diameter labels and used as you see fit.

As you count down the days, place the mini-hoops in the little bag designed to hang on the back of the wreath.

bag 194x300 Advent Calendar 2017   Freebies & InspirationThere’s still time to make this adorable and unique project. Our sample only used 12 days, but it’s easy to make 24 instead to ensure that the whole month of December is filled with holiday fun. Download the patterns and templates at, and find the SN1801 DecJan2018 200px Advent Calendar 2017   Freebies & Inspirationinstructions in the Dec/Jan issue of Sew News, available on newsstands now and at You can also find the adorable mini embroidery hoops used in this project at; click here to go directly to the mini hoops.

 Advent Calendar 2017   Freebies & Inspiration
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One Response to Advent Calendar 2017 – Freebies & Inspiration

  1. Susan says:

    Hoops are $21 for 3. If you bought the 12 mentioned in the article, hoops alone would be over $81. Does anyone know of another source to get the hoops?