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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 (

– 2.5 yards – 1" green ric rac (­330-16)
– 3 yards – 1/4" red/white ribbon (BS09)
– 1 yard – 1.5" red satin ribbon (HA14)

• 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
• scissors
• pins
• clear ruler
• staple gun
• glue gun
• iron



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

  1. Kristie Maynard

    What an adorable idea! TFS!

  2. Charlene

    Love this…I made these when our kiddos were little. thanks for the “sweet” memory.

  3. Jingle

    I am head over heels in love with this! I want to make one!

  4. Gloria Westerman

    This is so adorable…..and what a clever idea….thank you so much…I will have to make one…..


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