It seems, like there’s still soooo much time before it’s Christmas. Actually there is! 7 weeks, to be exact! Well, my friends, time flies and in no time the tree will be up and everything will be decorated! Can’t wait! It’s my season!
Part of my X-mas deco every year is this Advent Calendar! The Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for Christmas. It has always been a tradition in my family, when I was a little girl and I remember this time filled with love and excitement and I’m keeping it going with my girls. I believe it makes this season even more magic and special for children and even adults. I’ve made some for my friends as well in previous years. So much fun and such a nice gift as well.
Every day, starting the first of December, one little pouch gets to be opened, until the 24th of December. This makes the waiting time very exciting and for kids it’s actually an easy way to count the days left for Christmas.
So, friends, there’s less than a month before the 1st of December and if you’re up to this, you got time to sew and fill this little Advent Calendar! Here I’m sharing my Advent Calendar DIY!
What you need:
for the pouches:
~ felt in gray, beige, green, white and red
~ fabric glue
~ sewing machine
to assembly the calendar:
I found this ready made garland with numbered clothes pins at the dollar store years ago and it was just perfect for clipping the pouches on it. You could easily make one though, using a string and clothes pins ,writing the numbers on the clothes pins.
It’s very easy. I’ve made this about three years ago, so I have no tutorial of how I sewed it, but it’s basically sewing little pouches, square or rectangle, how ever you prefer. For each pouch you need to cut out two equally sized pieces of felt and just sew around three sides, leaving one open to be filled with goodies. Since it’s felt, there’s no need to zic zac stitch.
You need 24 in total. I made different sizes, some bigger, some smaller. Then, using felt as well, I cut out easy shapes like circles, stars, hearts and trees to glue on the pouches. That’s all!
I have a ladder I use for different kinds of deco and I think it’s just perfect for the advent calendar! I arranged a light string along with the clothes pins garland on the ladder and then clipped the pouches on each pin. Ready to be filled!!!
My girls share the advent calendar and I put the filling for both into one pouch at a time. Here’s what I’ll be filling the pouches with this year, I do repeat fillers, except for the ear rings and “bigger” items.
~ ear rings ( my girls just got their ears pierced this summer so that would be a nice little gift)
~ zomblings ( not sure if you know zomblings, they are small collectable dolls, actually zombies. Really popular here right now. Well, they started to collect them and it would be fun if they got some extra ones)
~ a magazine ( since it’s too big to go in the pouches, I write a little note saying: check behind the pillow) and put that inside
~ a note saying : movie night tonight ( I’ll use it for a Friday or Weekend )
~ chocolate ( I try not to put a lot of sweet stuff, but chocolate is a must in this house! )
~ a note saying: Today we bake cookies
~ a note saying: Today we read a Christmas tale
~ a fun eraser for school
~ a fun pen for school
~ a note saying: Today we make a craft
Do you have any more ideas??? Please share!!!
Have fun crafting!!!