Free patterns surprise Advent calendar

Free patterns surprise Advent calendar

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Free pattern charts Advent calendar:

Our free pattern charts to embroider your Advent calendar are published here, every two days from 10th October until 25th November, 24 motifs total.

See our embroidery box containing all you need to make this Advent calendar.
See our surprise box containing 24 Sajou haberdashery products to fill up your Advent calendar.

See the presentation of our Advent calendar with all the explanations how to cut the fabric before embroidering and the video showing you how to sew the bags.

The cross stitch pattern charts and embroidery motifs:

Abbreviations used in the cross stitch pattern charts and embroidery patterns:
RN corresponds to our Retors du Nord embroidery floss, TK for our Tonkin embroidery floss, SP for our Laine Saint-Pierre, ROC for our Rochefort thread and OR for the reel of old gold metallized thread. Don’t be frightened to use our metallized thread in embroidery, it is very pleasant to work with and does not fray like some other brands. Apart from this thread which cannot be separated and our Rochefort cord, the number of strands to use is indicated on each pattern chart.
The box contains Solufix, if you have never used it, it makes the embroidery motifs extremely simple to stitch.

Pattern 1: Christmas candles

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without candles, adding a touch of warmth and magic with their flickering light.
This is one of the most consistent patterns in our Advent Calendar, which is why we are publishing it first to give you ample time to make it.
Fabric to embroider: the candles are embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery floss: old gold metallized thread, Retors du Nord 2030, Laine Saint-Pierre 456 and Tonkin floss 1020.
Stitches used: half cross stitch, square eyelet stitch, upright cross stitch, elongated cross stitch, straight stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 1 Christmas candles.

Pattern chart 1 Christmas candles Sajou Advent calendar

Pattern 2: Star of Bethlehem

The star of Bethlehem or guiding light is a traditional Christian symbol announcing the birth of Christ and guiding the three kings to Bethlehem.
Fabric to embroider: the star of Bethlehem is sewn on red Aïda.
Embroidery floss: Retors du Nord 2196 and Tonkin 1002.
Stitches used: cross stitch and elongated cross stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 2 Star of Bethlehem.

Pattern chart 2 Star of Bethlehem Sajou Advent calendar

Pattern 3: Robin redbreast

This delightful little bird, the subject of many legends surrounding its links to the birth and life of Christ, is embroidered with a lot of sparkle, making him even more magical.
Fabric to embroider: the robin redbreast is embroidered on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery threads: Tonkin thread 1002, Laine Saint-Pierre 104, old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: feather stitch, stem stitch, straight stitch and fly stitch.
See explanations and videos about feather stitch, stem stitch and fly stitch.

Download pattern chart 3 Robin redbreast.

Embroidery pattern 3 Robin redbreast Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 4: Candy cane

A tradition dating back to the 17th century Germany where a choirmaster had sugar sticks made for the children attending his living creche service. He bent the top of the sticks to remind the children of the shepherds who watched over the baby Jesus.
Fabric to embroider: the candy cane is embroidered on off-white embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery threads: Rochefort 4005, Retors du Nord 2030 and 2196.
Stitches used: couching stitch and back stitch.
See our video couching stitch, see explanation about back stitch

Download pattern chart 4 Candy Cane.

Embroidery pattern 4 Candy cane Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 5: Sparkly bauble

Originally, the decorative baubles were supposed to ward off evil spirits, a tradition dating back to Roman times. This one is great fun to embroider, using different variants of cross stitch.
Fabric to embroider: this sparkly bauble is embroidered on red Aïda.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1002 and Laine Saint-Pierre 104.
Stitches used: cross stitch, half cross stitch, elongated cross stitch, square eyelet stitch, Rhodes stitch, eyelet stitch and herringbone stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.
See explanations and video about herringbone stitch.

Download pattern chart 5 Sparkly bauble.

Embroidery pattern 5 Sparkly bauble Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 6: Alsatian heart

The region of Alsace in France is internationally famous for their Christmas markets. This little heart is embroidered in a kelsch style, the famous Alsatian checked or striped fabrics.
Fabric to embroider: this heart is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Retors du Nord 2030 and 2196 and Tonkin 1002.
Stitches used: cross stitch and back stitch. As indicated on the pattern chart, the checked effect is obtained by using two colours of Retors du Nord in the same needle for certain Rhodes stitches.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 6 Alsatian heart.

Embroidery pattern 6 Alsatian heart Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 7: Mistletoe

Pagan cultures considered mistletoe as a symbol of fertility, the Romans put it in front of their doors to protect their families. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe would appear to perpetuate these traditions.
Fabric to embroider: this sprig of mistletoe is sewn on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1002, old gold metallized thread and Retors du Nord 2196 for the bow.
Stitches used: stem stitch and straight stitch.
See video how to embroidery stem stitch, and straight stitch diagram.

Download pattern chart 7 Mistletoe.

Embroidery pattern 7 Mistletoe Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 8: Sprig of holly

Often called the thorn of Christ, the symbolism is strong. The sharp leaves represent the crown of thorns and the red berries represent the blood of Christ.
Fabric to embroider: this sprig of holly is sewn on off-white embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery threads: Laine Saint-Pierre 456 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: back stitch, running stitch, straight stitch and stem stitch.
See diagrams for back stitch, running stitch and straight stitch, and see video our to embroider stem stitch.

Download pattern chart 8 Sprig of holly.

Embroidery pattern 8 Sprig of holly Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 9: Gingerbread house

Thought to have arrived in Europe during the Crusades, gingerbread became very popular in the 13th century because of its effects on numerous ailments, notably indigestion. It was during the 19th century that it became more festive, with the tradition of making gingerbread men and houses for Christmas.
Fabric to embroider: the gingerbread house is embroidered on red Aïda.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1022, Laine Saint-Pierre 104, Retors du Nord 2196 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, half cross stitch, elongated cross stitch, straight stitch, back stitch and star stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 9 Gingerbread house.

Embroidery pattern 9 Gingerbread house Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 10: Letter N for Noël

If there is one word in the French language that needs no translation, it is Noël! Even in English, the word Nowel has been in the language since the late 14th century.
Fabric to embroider: this letter is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Retors du Nord 2030 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and large star stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 10 Letter N for Noël.

Embroidery pattern 10 Letter N for Noël Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 11: Snowy Christmas tree

The first Christmas trees appeared in the 12th century in Alsace, decorated with apples, candies and cakes. Some say that they represent the Trinity, pointing towards heaven.
Fabric to embroider: this Christmas tree is sewn on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery floss: Rochefort 4005, Retors du Nord 2030 and Laine Saint-Pierre 104.
Stitches used: couching stitch and star stitch.
See video how to embroider counching stitch, and diagram for star stitch.

Download pattern chart 11 Snowy Christmas tree.

Embroidery pattern 11 Snowy Christmas tree Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 12: Poinsettia

Named after the US diplomat Joel Roberts Poinsett, who contributed largely to their distribution and popularity, this plant originally came from Mexico, where it was said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, the red colour symbolising the blood of Christ.
Fabric to embroider: this poinsettia is sewn on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery floss: Retors du Nord 2030, Tonkin 1020 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: stem stitch, back stitch, running stitch, straight stitch, Lazy daisy stitch and French knot.
See diagrams for back stitch, running stitch and straight stitch.
See video how to embroider stem stitch, Lazy daisy stitch and French knot stitch.

Download pattern chart 12 Poinsettia.

Embroidery pattern 12 Poinsettia Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 13: Heart bauble

The traditional baubles were made from blown glass and originated from Germany in the second half of the 19th century.
Fabric to embroider: this heart bauble is embroidered on red Aïda
Embroidery floss: Retors du Nord 2196, Tonkin 1020 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, half cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and straight stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 13 Heart bauble.

Embroidery pattern 13 Heart bauble Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 14: Letter O for Noël

The 25th December for celebrating Christmas was first fixed in the 3rd century by the Roman church, eager to impose Christianity on the pagan population and to coincide with the winter solstice.
Fabric to embroider: this letter O is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Retors du Nord 2030, Laine Saint-Pierre 456 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and large star stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 14 Letter O for Noël.

Embroidery pattern 14 Letter O for Noël Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 15: Golden star

Traditionally, the star is the last ornament placed on the Christmas tree, the honour being reserved for the youngest member of the family.
Fabric to embroider: the golden star is sewn on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1002 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: stem stitch and star stitch.
See video how to embroider stem stitch, and diagram for star stitch.

Download pattern chart 15 Golden star.

Embroidery pattern 15 Golden star Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 16: Gift label

The tradition of giving presents at Christmas is a reference to the gifts offered by the three kings to honour the birth of Christ. However, the origins date back to Roman times where gifts were offered for the winter solstice as a good omen for the months ahead.
Fabric to embroider: the label is sewn on off-white embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery threads: Tonkin 1002 and 1020, Retors du Nord 2030 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: running stitch, fly stitch, stem stitch and web stitch.
See diagrams and videos how to embroider running stitch, fly stitch, stem stitch and web stitch.

Download pattern chart 16 Gift label.

Embroidery pattern 16 Gift label Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 17: Frosted Christmas tree

It is said that Queen Victoria launched the trend of Christmas trees in the United Kingdom, after an engraving of her and Prince Albert was published in a newspaper.
Fabric to embroider: this frosted tree is sewn on red Aïda.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1020 and Laine Saint-Pierre 104.
Stitches used: straight stitch, small and large round eyelet stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 17 Frosted Christmas tree.

Embroidery pattern 17 Frosted Christmas tree Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 18: Letter E for Noël

The Emperor Justinien decide that the 25th December would be a holiday in the 5th century. It was at this time that the first midnight masses were performed.
Fabric to embroider: this letter E is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Retors du Nord 2030 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and large star stitch. .
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 18 Letter E for Noël.

Embroidery pattern 18 Letter E for Noël Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 19: Snowflake chain

Because we are all dreaming of a white Christmas! The advantage with these ones is that they won’t melt!
Fabric to embroider: this snowflake chain is sewn on red embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix. .
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery flosses: Laine Saint-Pierre 104 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used:
back stitch, running stitch, stem stitch, threaded straight stitch, fly stitch, feather stitch and lazy laisy stitch.
See diagrams and videos how to embroider back stitch, running stitch, stem stitch, threaded straight stitch, fly stitch, feather stitch and lazy daisy stitch.

Download pattern chart 19 Snowflake chain.

Embroidery pattern 19 Snowflake chain Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 20: Starry bauble

Shiny red apples used to be placed on Christmas trees, but became short in supply after a great drought in 1858. Glass blowers in Moselle had the bright idea to blow baubles in red glass, starting a tradition that lasts to this day.
Fabric to embroider: this starry bauble is sewn on off-white embroidery linen. Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery flosses: Rochefort 4005, Retors du Nord 2030, Tonkin 1020 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: couching stitch, back stitch, feather stitch, stem stitch, star stitch and French knot.
See diagrams and videos how to embroider counching stitch, back stich, stem stitch and French knot stitch.
For star stitch, see explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 20 Starry bauble.

Embroidery pattern 20 Starry bauble Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 21: Christmas present

The history of gift wrapping can be traced back to ancient China, but is was the Hall family in Kansas who popularised the modern roll we know today, after running out of tissue paper.
Fabric to embroider: the Christmas present is embroidered on red Aïda.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1020 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and mosaic stitch. The mosaic stitch is a series of straight stitches forming a square, as shown on the diagram.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 21 Christmas present.

Embroidery pattern 21 Christmas present Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 22: Letter L for Noël

Before being a symbol of wealth, gold was a synonym for wisdom. It was also one of the gifts offered by Caspar, one of the three wise men, and is now inseparable from the celebration of Christmas.
Fabric to embroider: this letter O is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Retors du Nord 2030, Laine Saint-Pierre 456 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: cross stitch, elongated cross stitch and large star stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 22 Letter L for Noël.

Embroidery pattern 22 Letter L for Noël Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 23: Pine cone bauble

The pine cone has long been a symbol of both fertility and spiritual awareness. Its association with the Christmas tree makes it an obvious addition to all festive decorations.
Fabric to embroider: this pine cone bauble is sewn on off-white embroidery linen.
Trace the pattern on the Solufix.
See the video how to use Solufix.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1020 and old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: stem stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch and French knot.
See diagrams and videos how to embroider stem stitch, straight stich, chain stitch and French knot stitch.

Download pattern chart 23 Pine cone bauble.

Embroidery pattern 23 Pine cone bauble Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

Pattern 24: Golden Christmas tree

And here is the last pattern chart! Will you have finished them all for December 1st?
Fabric to embroider: this last tree is embroidered on 12 count off-white linen.
Embroidery flosses: Tonkin 1020, Laine Saint-Pierre 456, old gold metallized thread.
Stitches used: back stitch, elongated cross stitch, star stitch and large eyelet stitch.
See explanations embroidery in cross stitch and variants.

Download pattern chart 24 Golden Christmas tree.

Embroidery pattern 24 Golden Christmas tree Advent Calendar by Maison Sajou

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