Pieces of fabric cut and ironed for the bunting that I'll be using
for the Countdown to Thanksgiving.
When I looked at ideas for Thanksgiving, I came across a pin on Pinterest for a 12-day countdown calendar that led to Polka Dot Chair.
The first thing I did was think about the type of things I wanted to include in the pockets for each of the days. There were lots of different ideas online about things that can be done for a countdown. Either I was too indecisive or the ideas all seemed to appeal to me for different reasons.
At any rate, I came up with five different things that we will be doing each day during the Countdown to Thanksgiving:
=> Activity of the Day
=> Recipe of the Day
=> Thanksgiving Fact
=> Gratitude Quote
The first and second things will take a bit of time, but the last three (the fact, quote, and joke) will be easily read - and hopefully enjoyed - in about five minutes.
I think there will be a nice variety of hands-on activities that will be both meaningful and memorable.
With the activities planned, it is now time to concentrate on making the countdown calendar. I looked through the Thanksgiving-theme fabric I had on hand.
Fabric I picked for the countdown.
Next, I cut out two pieces for a pattern: one for the background and one for the pocket.
The round pocket and the background patterns.
Then I traced the background pattern onto the wrong sides of each of the pieces of fabric. There are:
=> 13 backgrounds of different fabrics (which will be in the center and are for the 12 days of activities plus Thanksgiving),
=> 2 of an orange fabric (which will be at each end), and
=> 2 of a Thanksgiving print (which also will be at the end).
Once the backgrounds were cut out, I ironed them again. Now they are ready for sewing.
Later today, I'll begin working on the pockets. They will be cut from a light tan felt and have an embroidered number on the front.
I will post updates as I continue to work on this. It needs to be done by Saturday morning when the Countdown to Thanksgiving will begin.