Looking for a fun advent calendar to make and use for years to come? Our super creative friend Anda Corrie of Berlin visits the blog to share a simple cut-and-sew advent calendar she created that fits on one yard of fabric. Read on for the full how to!
Anda: Like me, do you usually wait until it’s way too late to create the Pinterest-worthy advent calendar of your dreams and end up stuck with a printed paper box from Kaiser’s? Make this pocket-style hanging calendar easily in one afternoon instead—and use again year after year!
In addition to a yard of fabric printed with our advent calendar template, you will also need:
two 70cm (27.5 in) long 10mm wooden dowels
baker’s twine or lightweight string for hanging
a sewing machine
Cut out all 24 squares and one 60 x 91 rectangle of solid fabric
Fold over all sides of large rectangle 1cm and press.
On left and right sides, fold 1cm again, press and hem with a straight stitch.
To create casings on top and bottom sides: fold over 5cm, press and straight stitch 4.5 cm from edges. Set aside.
To create pockets:
Fold over 1cm on top of each square, press and hem with a straight stitch.
Fold remaining 3 sides of each rectangle 1cm and press.
Arrange pocket squares on larger fabric in 6 rows of 4, evenly spaced. A ruler might help here or you can eyeball it. Pin down or (my preferred method) secure with tape.
Straight stitch around sides and bottom of each pocket.
Slide wooden dowels into casings and tie a string to each end of the top dowel.
Fill with treats and hang!
Do you always incorporate an advent calendar into your holiday decorations? If so, do you tend to go with a store bought calendar or make your own? Share in the comments below or by tagging #Spoonflower on your social media platform of choice!