Liberty London Advent Calendar

Lara from the studio has made this divine Liberty London Advent Calendar.  Inspired by the Liberty London store, Lara’s advent calendar uses gorgeous Liberty to create a lovely festive calendar with pockets to stash daily treats.

Lara tells us how she made this lovely project.  “Ever since my children were little I have been meaning to make an advent calendar, but every year the chocolate ones appear and I kick myself for not having made one!”

“When I was little, the opening of the ‘Christmas suitcase’ was an exciting event.  Rediscovering the cherished ornaments, the glass baubles nestled in their beds of ancient tissue paper, the slightly bedraggled fairy; and my favourite – the glitter encrusted advent calendar, whose only reward was a tiny picture. Still, we loved it nonetheless!”

“So, with this in mind, I wanted to make my own special advent calendar – an heirloom piece that will get lovingly packed away and rediscovered every year and hopefully enjoyed for years to come.  My inspiration came from a Liberty beauty advent calendar that I stumbled across on Pinterest. The lovely illustration was my starting point and I interpreted it in my own way with Liberty fabric.”

“Initially,  I sketched out the design onto graph paper, where it was easy to break it down into sections. Then, I played around with a variety of Liberty fabrics to incorporate as many of my favourite prints as I could. I wanted to create a lovely Christmassy feel and produce something with a timeless quality to it. The wattle and daub of the Liberty of London building is created from Mitsi white on white and Strawberry Thief L and K, the stone frontage is a scrap of linen and the leaded windows are Adelajda C. The shop windows add a dash of fun with Midnight Mischief and the Christmas trees are from Wiltshire Glitter. I wanted to use something that represented the night sky and I also wanted to incorporate a fabric from the new Christmas range and I think you’ll agree that Gift Express A is perfect for that.”

“The pockets are a mixture of tana, quilting cotton and linen. For the numbers, I had this idea of using a vintage tape measure, but when it came to cutting it up I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Luckily, Dawn saved the day with some tape measure ribbon, which was just the job!”
This project was created using the raw edge applique method with Vlieseline bondaweb.
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