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December 22, 2004

I too am looking for the Leewards Advent Calendar from the 1970s that is a Christmas tree made from felt on a white background with felt/sequin ornaments that hang on it - there's a candy cane, house with snow, panda bear, clown, rabbit, etc. It was the advent calendar I used as a child - would love to find a duplicate or the kit to remake if anyone has it. It would mean soooooo much to me! Thanks! Erin in NH.



December 22, 20040 found this helpful

I made one of these in the 1970's too. My pattern wasn't directly from LeeWards but was a version of it. A couple of years ago I used this as a lesson plan for adults to take home to their children. I have the pattern somewhere. It is a green felt Christmas tree and on long piece of white felt. We stitched down the tree and used striped grosgrain ribbon in rows to form the pockets for the ornaments. Along the bottom, we added a piece of ball finge to finish it off and made a pocket at the top to hang it from a small wooden dowel. The ornaments are made out of felt too. If you are interested, please respond and I will find it after the holidays and get it to you.

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By Rabbithorns (Guest Post)
December 27, 20040 found this helpful

Just recently I saw a pattern for one just like it at JoAnn Fabrics. They had free handouts by the register with various projects and this was one of them.

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By Pam Davis (Guest Post)
March 30, 20050 found this helpful

Lady Claire, I would love a copy of that pattern. My sister, brother and I made this with my Mom when we were growing up.


My Mom has misplaced it and I wanted to make it for their families again. My email address is pamdavis3474 @ (remove spaces)

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By Ladye (Guest Post)
August 15, 20050 found this helpful has lots of crafts similar to Lee Wards.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

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By amy and chad (Guest Post)
December 11, 20050 found this helpful

For those less talented... you can buy one through Restoration Hardware... or call 800-762-1005... they sell for about $60.

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By Chris in IL (Guest Post)
December 28, 20050 found this helpful

Erin in NH - Wondering if you had any luck finding the LeeWards Christmas Advent Calendar pattern or any info about purchasing materials? I am also so hoping to re-make one I had as a child for my children. Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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By kim (Guest Post)
April 25, 20070 found this helpful

i have been looking for this calendar as well . . . my family had it when i was a child & would love to recreate it for my girls.


did you have any luck finding a pattern for it? i would love to find it! thanks - kim and tom @ att. net (no spaces)

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December 13, 20070 found this helpful

two full Lee Wards advent calendar kits from 1976 on ebay two weeks ago... both went for over $50 each. I want one as my dad lost the one my mom made.. but couldn't bring myself to pay that much for one.

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By Pamela (Guest Post)
February 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have the calendar, my Mom made it for my children, definitely Lee Wards I have reproduced it 4 times so far. Ours is a green tree on long red felt. It doesn't have bear/house but great ornaments. I could send you a picture if you want. You would have the look and it would be easy to reproduce I just copied the original ornaments and attached the beads and sequins. there were too many ornaments so I changed a couple to a package and a sleigh. You don't really need the kit just find pictures of things you like cut them out of felt and decorate the way you want to. My adult son & his wife use to fight over who put what on the tree. Now their kids get to do it.

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By (Guest Post)
December 6, 20080 found this helpful

I made one in the 70's and fortunately still have it. This year I traced the ornaments to make patterns and with the help of my daughter have made three calendars for my grandchildren.


If you could find a picture of the old calendar I'm sure you could duplicate it. How I miss Lee wards!

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By khill (Guest Post)
December 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi - if this is what you're looking for, I'm also interested in the patterns for the ornaments, (the puppy ate the camel and santa claus). I'd be more than willing to share dimensions, etc. 19Dec2008

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February 28, 2019

I am looking for some of the beaded kit patterns that Leewards sold in the early 90s. There were some of different type dolls (brides & bridesmaids) small baskets, etc.


March 3, 20190 found this helpful
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Two suggestions:

1 is to set up a Google alert so any time they come up for sale on a website, you will find them first.


Here's how:

2 is to put WANTED ads in your local NextDoor website or on Facebook Marketplace. You would be surprised what people have in their craft stashes and your post may prompt them to destash a bit!

Hope you find them fast!

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February 28, 2018

I bought a kit of a knitted poncho. It was white with bulky yarn. The pattern was in black and brown like a ski pattern. It had the same junky or bulky yarn fringe. It had arm holes to. We moved and lost a box of my patterns and I don't have the poncho any more. Oh yes this was knitted. It was in a kit I purchased from Lee Wards and would like to find it.
Please help me.


February 28, 20180 found this helpful
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It will be difficult to find this exact pattern but with some research you may find an almost identical pattern. If you know the year you had this kit that information may help you when asking questions.


  • LeeWards was purchased by Michael's in 1994 but most of their inventory (according to Michael's) was distributed to their many stores as most of the LeeWards stores were closed.
  • Several years ago, I tried to obtain some information from Michael's about another LeeWard pattern and received a very nice reply stating they had no LeeWard records and could not help me. They suggested looking through pattern books for a similar pattern - which was a good suggestion but not one I wanted to hear.
  • It never hurts to ask for information and Michael's may be more helpful now than in the past.
  • There is another on-line site that is highly recommended for "vintage" patterns but you may just have to look through their catalog for a similar pattern.
  • This is also a site that has vintage knitting patterns and a question to them might get an answer.
  • LeeWards was a much loved company and ThriftyFun has received numerous question in the past so maybe you would like to read some of the responses.

You can always search eBay or Etsy for similar patterns but it will not be an easy task.
Pattern books at Michael's or other craft stores may be your only hope.

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February 14, 2007

My mother started this afghan over 30 years ago. She has lost the directions. Does anyone have any idea where we could find this?

Becca from MN


By Lily59 (Guest Post)
February 14, 20070 found this helpful found this link on Google - there were others too!
I so miss the old Chicagoland Lee Wards! What a wonderful place it was!

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February 15, 20070 found this helpful

Is the afgan kintted or crocheted, I have some knitted patterns that my match.
Can you post a picture?

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By Wanda Rogers (Guest Post)
February 15, 20070 found this helpful has many Ripple Afgan patterns, Please check here. They are all free

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February 15, 20070 found this helpful

If it is crocheted and you know how to crochet, I may be able to help you. Just e-mail me at pgiles2283 AT

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By Syd (Guest Post)
February 15, 20070 found this helpful

Do a Google search - "crochet pattern + ripple afghan", there are loads of sites to check out.

Couldn't find the pattern number you mentioned.

Hope you get it finished!

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February 15, 20070 found this helpful
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November 4, 2018

Does anyone out there have the instruction sheet for an old Leewards cable knit afghan pattern? It is a 52" x 72". The kit was 06-35417. I have it, but it is so old (about 45 yrs) and has been folded for so long that it has basically rotted away at the fold. I love this afghan and have made it many times over the years, but the most important row of all, row 3, where you actually do the cable, is missing some info.
Thank you.

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Does anyone have an owl needlepoint kit that was a feature of Leewards before they went out of business? I was just given one, and the directions are not included. It is Art. No. 21-12696.

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April 10, 2010

I was wondering if anyone has the Lee Ward's reversible shell crochet afghan pattern. I would so appreciate having it. I made it about twenty-five years ago for someone and would love to make it for my daughter. She has had five miscarriages and has been blessed with a very special little girl who is due in July. I would just love to make it for her. Thank you so much.

By Rachel from La Grange Park, IL

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I am looking for a vest pattern that I had in the early 1970s from Leewards. It was a hippy-style vest crocheted in (I think) treble crochet. It was very easy and quick and took only 2-3 skeins of yarn.

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January 23, 2017

I am looking for the directions for the Lee Wards Afghan Kit #1871. It is a cable knit afghan with fringe. It's probably 30 or 40 years old!

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October 15, 2014

Does anyone know who Leewards suppliers were and if any of them are still in business?

By Rita

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December 17, 2007

I am looking for an old Christmas Stocking pattern that I believe was put out by Leewards. My mom made them for us when we were little and has since made some for my husband and kids. Now that I have another baby in the house, she's lost the pattern!

It's double crocheted and the lettering and snowflakes are cross stitched on. She remembers that you could also cross stitch a Christmas tree on the front instead of the snowflake pattern. If anyone knows where I can find this pattern, I'd appreciate it! Thank you!!

Angie from O'Fallon, MO


By Therese (Guest Post)
December 17, 20070 found this helpful

I need this pattern, too! My grandmother made them for my entire family when I was little, and now I want to make one for my husband. I didn't realize that the original pattern had snowflakes, since she left them off of our's. So cute!

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By Debbie M (Guest Post)
December 18, 20070 found this helpful

I would love to have this pattern if anyone finds it.

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October 15, 2014

Does anyone have the pattern for Leewards musical Christmas palace?

By Anne

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October 14, 2015

I received quilt patterns from a 80 year old friend that got the quilt patterns from her mom. They are LeeWards pattern 8-9535 (Poppy) and Lee Wards pattern 8-9519 (American Beauty Rose). I received the printed colored material for the appliqués, but she did not have instructions for putting the flowers together. Would anyone have the instructions for these two patterns? I need to know how to put these flowers together and place them on a quilt. These are very old quilts and I would like to do them so I can give the completed quilt back to my friend as a gift from her mom. Thank for any information you can give me.

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October 7, 2015

I am looking for a Leeward's beaded musical Santa's castle pattern. Does anyone have any ideas where I might get one?

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May 29, 2015

I'm looking for the Lee Ward Mills Cinderella Slipper pattern or a photocopy of the pattern. I have the mold and a partial crocheted shoe that my mother started, but the pattern has been reduced to crumbs and unreadable. I would like to finish that one and my niece wants to make some shoes for her wedding. Thank you.

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October 20, 2014

Does anyone know the manufacturer or distributor Leewards used to get their ornament kits?

By Rita

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June 15, 2012

I am looking for a Lee Wards needle craft embroidery kit, that was made in 1982, called Playful Fox Pups. It was in catalog #111 and says to order from page 4. Does anybody know if this is still available somewhere?

By Kay

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April 13, 2009

Are any of the old Lee Ward craft store patterns still available?

By Barbara from Concord, NC

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Does any one have the Leeward Christmas stocking pattern? It was a double crochet stitch and then you could cross stitch snowflakes or a Christmas tree on it. Our whole family has one and I want to make one for our new daughter-in-law.

By keaisandlisa

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August 3, 2014

How can I date a pattern that I believe is a Lee Ward's applique quilt top?

By Kathleen from Spring, TX

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November 21, 2013

I am looking for the pattern that was a afghan stitch done in sections. Then you cross stitched a pattern of the English minute men on it and their stand. My godchild, who I gave it to is now 32 and still has it. I would like to make it for more children, but lost the directions. I came in a kit.

By Helen M

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April 10, 2010

Here's the pattern I am trying to track down:

Lee Wards Creative Crafts Center
Shell Stitch Baby Afghan
Art. No. 06-36662
Finished Size: 36 X 48

I need the pattern or kit for this baby afghan. It was made with the following yarn colors: White, pastel green, pastel yellow, pastel lilac, baby blue, and baby pink.

The pattern was sold at Lee Wards from 1975 till the 1990s. I have eight months and counting down.

Could someone please help me find this?
Thank you,


Lee Wards - Shell Stitch Baby Afghan

Why not just wing it? Just use any shell type stitch and just vary the colors. This one is a split shell with dc in between (3 dc 1/2 shell on ends) alternating colors 4-2-2, 4-2-2 with a common border.

There are plenty of shell patterns available, just alternate your colors, using white as a primary and you'll have a one-of-a-kind gift.

By beanygurl

RE: Lee Wards - Shell Stitch Baby Afghan

Lee Wards - Shell Stitch Baby Afghan

Since I don't know what the afghan you're looking for looks like I can't be of much help, but I did find a bunch of free baby afghan patterns here:

Maybe one of those are close.

By Peggy

Lee Wards - Shell Stitch Baby Afghan

I had been looking for the Lee Wards reversible shell afghan pattern for about 2 years when I had almost given up hope of finding it when I stumbled across the pattern under a different guise.

I found it here: You have to scroll down the page a bit, but it's called the "Opposites Attract Table Set" I've examined the pictures that come with the pattern and it looks exactly the same a the original afghan I received as a gift when my daughter was born.

The pattern calls for crochet cotton, but I'm hoping to replicate it in DK and scale it up to afghan size.

Hope this helps others who have been searching for the same pattern as I had. (06/16/2008)

By Diana

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