Make Your Own Advent Calendar
For my newest tutorial, I want to show you how to make a really easy Christmas advent calendar for your children. This can be something used year to year and your kids will love it. How do I know? Because I loved it when I was a child. My mom stitched up 3 felt version of these for my brothers and I and we used them every year. However mine was filled with butterscotch candies because I was a very picky child! Simply hang on their bedroom door and each day beginning on December 1st, they can remove one candy starting at the top in a count down to Christmas.
• May Arts ribbon (www.mayarts.com)
• 7" long vintage thread spool
• 4.75" x 59" duck cloth canvas (1/3rd yard)
• sewing machine with red & white thread
• 25 red starlight candies
• invisible fabric pen
• fray check
• clear ruler
• staple gun
• glue gun
Step 1 – Fold canvas in half and start pinning green ric rac in-between layers by aligning the dip in the ric rac with the edge of canvas.
Step 2 – With white thread, sew down each side using a 1/4" inch seam allowance.
Step 3 – Turn piece right side out and iron seams down flat. (Slightly tug on ric rac to fully bring out the edges.)
Step 4 – With red thread, sew a decorative edge down each side of the turned canvas using a 1/8" seam allowance.
Step 5 – With invisible pen, draw a center line down the length of canvas. Beginning 1.5" up from the folded bottom edge, mark 25 center points, 1" apart on this line.
Step 6 – Center red/white ribbon pieces on top of each center point and pin in place. Place your pins horizontally as shown in previous photo so you can sew directly over them.
Step 7 – With white thread, sew end to end of canvas piece following previously drawn center line. This will secure ribbon pieces in place. Remove the pins.
Step 8 – Thread red satin ribbon through vintage spool and tie a knot for hanging.
Step 9 – Staple the open end of the canvas onto the vintage spool.
Step 10 – Spin spool just enough so you hide the staples, but do not cover up the first red/white ribbon tie. Hot glue the back side of canvas in place onto spool.
Step 11 – Fray check all exposed ribbon edges to prevent unraveling throughout the years.
Step 12 – Tie candy to each day of the advent using the attached ribbons.
Download the pdf for this tutorial here!
Blog post by: Tiffin Mills