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Advent Calendar DIY

Adventcalendar DIY

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! 

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What you need:

for the pouches:

~ felt in gray, beige, green, white and red

~ fabric glue

~ sewing machine

~ scissors

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. 

Adventcalendar pouch close

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!

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Adventcalendar all pouches

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!!!


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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)

~ stickers 

~ 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

~ candy

Do you have any more ideas??? Please share!!!

Have fun crafting!!!





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  • Sadie Seasongoods
    13/11/2015 at 12:40

    How fun!! I love working with felt, and I can only imagine how much fun it will be for the girls every day. Thank you so, so much for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday- can’t wait to see what you’ve got next this weekend!

    • Katrin
      13/11/2015 at 13:29

      Thanks for visiting Sadie! 🙂

  • Debbie
    12/11/2015 at 08:22

    Time flies, doesn’t it?
    It’s the first time I’m seeing something like (that I can remember), but it sounds lovely.
    I wonder which one will be the most loved envelope. 😉
    Thank you for adding it to Tip Tuesday.

    • Katrin
      12/11/2015 at 10:05

      It sure does! Thank so much Debbie!

  • Lisa @ HarmonyandHappiness.com
    11/11/2015 at 15:37

    I just love Advent calendars and this is such a creative idea! Thank you so much for linking up with us at The Alder Collective Link party. Come back and link so more!

    • Katrin
      11/11/2015 at 16:18

      Thank you Lisa! Will do!!!

  • Lisa B.
    11/11/2015 at 04:39

    Good Evening Katrin!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by tomorrow morning to see your feature and link up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too!

    • Katrin
      11/11/2015 at 11:49

      Thanks so so much Lisa! I so appreciate that! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Ntina
    10/11/2015 at 13:58

    I really like your advent calendar! We started this tradition just last year with my oldest daughter and I’m planning on doing it this year too! I can’t sew so it will be something easier! Great ideas for filling the calendar, I was thinking of craft materials too, some beads one day, some cord the other etc. First time here, new follower!

    • Katrin
      10/11/2015 at 14:58

      Hi Ntina! I’m happy you like the advent calendar! My girls really enjoy this tradition…Craft materials is a great idea for a filler!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Life Loving
    09/11/2015 at 22:44

    This looks really sweet. No wonder your children love it. I’ve never heard of zomblings before, but they sound like a fun idea to fill them with. Perhaps you could also put in pieces of a puzzle in more than one pouch?

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      09/11/2015 at 22:47

      Thank you Sally! The puzzle idea is brilliant, they can puzzle a bit each day until it’s done at christmas! Thanks for this!!! Love it

      • Life Loving
        09/11/2015 at 23:32

        You could even write a secret Christmas message on the puzzle. Either a clue for a treasure hunt or just a nice surprise message. That way they have to wait for all the pieces before they can see what it is. Oh, I think I’ve been playing too much catchphrase – haha!

        • Katrin
          10/11/2015 at 12:19

          I’m lovin your idea girl! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Grace
    09/11/2015 at 21:18

    I’ve been looking for an advent calendar DIY. I like working with felt, and this is so adorable! You’ve got great ideas for different things to fill it with as well. I don’t have kids, but I’m thinking cookie baking, movie night, and chocolate would still all be great ideas for me and my husband.

    • Katrin
      09/11/2015 at 21:53

      Yes absolutely! Great idea to make it for your husband! I’m happy you stopped by, Grace!

  • Beverly
    08/11/2015 at 18:25

    I love this! It’s very creative and looks wonderful for holiday decor. The treat ideas are great. too. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned.

    • Katrin
      09/11/2015 at 11:52

      Thank you Beverly!!!

  • Amberjane
    08/11/2015 at 15:07

    Such an adorable idea for Christmas – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

    • Katrin
      09/11/2015 at 11:55

      Thank you for visiting Amberjane!

  • Diana
    08/11/2015 at 04:20

    So, so sweet, Katrine–I love the simple design and the idea of hanging it on your ladder. Your girls are going to LOVE it. Your “treat” ideas are great, too. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm.

    • Katrin
      08/11/2015 at 09:21

      Awww thanks so much, yeah, they can’t wait til it’s filled! 😉

  • Mila
    07/11/2015 at 23:48

    I looked up zomblings. They are popular here too!
    Cute dolls and lovely name.
    I’m bummed I can’t sew. Like, at all!

    • Katrin
      08/11/2015 at 09:26

      Hahaha….i’m not a big sewer, but this is really easy. Thanks for stopping by Mila!

  • Virginia
    07/11/2015 at 16:28

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • Katrin
      07/11/2015 at 18:04

      Thank you ! 🙂

  • Lauren C
    06/11/2015 at 21:31

    Such a neat idea. I say diy is always better than store bought, because they have a special meaning. Thank you for sharing.

    • Katrin
      06/11/2015 at 22:08

      Thank you Lauren! I think so too! 🙂

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    06/11/2015 at 16:17

    Katrin, this is so adorable! I bet your girls are excited everyday when they wake up to see what’s in the pocket for that day. I bet they are excited for the entire season through. I love that most of these are activities that you can do together. That’s something I see you carry the whole year through, it’s the reason for the season, right? Love, family, togetherness. This is far more than a craft you make to decorate your home, it’s full of heart!!!

    • Katrin
      07/11/2015 at 07:49

      Yes, it’s always a special time when the advent calendar goes up! We all enjoy it together!!! Thanks as always for visiting Nikki! I appreciate it!

  • ilka@ilkasblog
    06/11/2015 at 03:44

    This is so fun Kathrin – I always think of new ways to come up with new Advent Calendar ideas. Such a great Christmas Tradition. Love your little pouches and the color combination:)

    • Katrin
      06/11/2015 at 07:51

      Thanks Ilka! yes lot’s of fun this time of year!!!

  • Christie
    05/11/2015 at 14:21

    We have advent calendars that we use every year. I love your ideas for new things to put inside. I always run out of ideas.

    • Katrin
      05/11/2015 at 16:16

      Thanks Christie! 🙂

  • Mary-In the boondocks
    05/11/2015 at 00:53

    Katrin this is so adorable. I love all of the shapes and bright colors you use to make it so festive. And your ideas for what to put in are fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to do an advent calender this year too. So much fun.

    • Katrin
      05/11/2015 at 07:30

      Thank you Mary 🙂 I appreciate your visit!!!

  • Rebecca
    04/11/2015 at 22:42

    I love this idea! I’m not great at sewing but it does look as though it would be quite straightforward for me. My little one is still a bit young at 8 months old, but I’m going to add it to the list of things to make for him in the future! #WAYWOW

    • Katrin
      05/11/2015 at 07:32

      Yeah for sure! It is very easy, I’m not great either but this is fine. I’m sure your little one is going to love it when he’s older! Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!

  • Keri
    04/11/2015 at 13:18

    What a beautiful idea to fill the advent calendar with activities you can share with your kids. Great gift ideas too! It sounds like a fantastic tradition to pass down! 🙂

    • Katrin
      04/11/2015 at 22:00

      Thanks Keri, I appreciate your visit! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Lynn Spencer
    04/11/2015 at 13:03

    Hi Katrin, I should’ve known that when I clicked on this great photo it’d take me to your site! This is so darn cute!! What about:
    a pack of gum
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    I’ll keep thinking and let you know when I think of some!


    • Katrin
      04/11/2015 at 22:01

      Aww thanks Lynn! Great ideas too! Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  • sue
    04/11/2015 at 11:35

    Oh I love these they are so beautiful and you are so clever. I might even give them a try. #WAYWOW

    • Katrin
      04/11/2015 at 12:52

      Thank you Sue, I’m so happy you like them, they are really easy and fun to make!

  • Pili
    04/11/2015 at 09:00

    I’ve never worked with felt, but this seems fun to make. My oldest is learning to saw and she loves felt (she has her own) so we might give it a try!

    • Katrin
      04/11/2015 at 12:54

      Thanks Pili, I’m sure she’d have fun, it’s an easy sewing project!