I sewed on 24 buttons, with a special button for Christmas eve. Then, I bonded the felt to a fun red plaid fabric (where I had already sewed on a pocket to hold a dowel) to hide all the sewing from the buttons and pockets. This also made it stronger.
I made the stars, using off-white and gold felt. I borrowed my mom's pinking shears to cut the white felt, which gave them some style. I hand sewed each star together with embroidery floss, and then used my sewing machine to make button holes in each one.
I hand sewed beads to make the Christmas Eve star extra special.
To finish the calendar, I bound the edge with a patchwork strip of gold toned fabric. This is where the 2.0 comes in. Last night, I realized a couple of the bottom pockets had not been sewn properly, and that we had lost one of the stars. I made this before I had learned to bind quilts, and hadn't done the best job of sewing on the binding. So, I carefully picked off all of the binding, repaired the pockets, made a replacement star, and resewed the binding on properly. Now it is ready for another 5 years of children loving the count-down until Christmas.
Linked to Twelve Crafts Christmas Traditions.