INSIDE: How to make a large scale easy sew Advent calendar from felt and Christmas cotton fabric. Fun Christmas traditions for kids.
Sometimes the countdown is almost more fun than the actual event. Just like anticipating a vacation, the counting down the days, the planning and waiting is equally as fun – for me, at least – as going on the trip. And waiting for Christmas is sorta the same – for me, definitely!
And with three super excited Santa-loving kids at home, they too enjoy a good Christmas countdown! However, it was proving hard to find a large enough Advent countdown calendar that “Santa” could stuff three goodies in each day. So this mama elf took matters into her crafty hands and made an oversized, door-mounted calendar that would make even the grinchest of grinches excited for Christmas!
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How to Make a Large Easy Sew Felt Advent Calendar
– Large felt fabric
– Assorted Christmas cotton fabric (I like to use fat quarters)
– Wooden dowel
– Scrap paper
– Sewing machine + straight pins
– Paper gift tags + twine
– Grosgrain ribbon
– Optional: Command strip hook (holds up to 7.5 lb)
how to make a kids christmas countdown calendar
Determine how large you want the Advent calendar to be. I knew I would hang this Advent calendar on an interior door so I cut the fabric to fit this width. Mine was 25″ wide x 39″length.
Depending on the size of the wooden dowel you are using, fold over the top width of the felt. Make this pocket wide enough for the dowel to fit through. My fold was 1.5″ wide. Sew, leaving the ends open.
Lay the felt on the ground and use scrap paper to make 25 pocket templates. I made a variety of sizes. Label each paper template with a number 1-25.
get the kids excited for christmas with large advent calendar
Once you are happy with the layout, use these individual scrap paper pockets to cut fabric pockets.
ADVENT COUNTDOWN NOTES:
- Fold the pocket fabric in half
- Position the scrap paper template on the WRONG side of the fabric, adding a 1/2″ for the seam
- Keep the numbered paper template on the fabric so you can stay organized
Sew each individual pocket on THREE sides.
Flip the pocket right side out. On the FOURTH side, fold the raw edge over. Pin together and sew.
Once done sewing one pocket, pin it onto the felt fabric. Do this for every single pocket! (Yes, it’s time consuming!)
Once all the individual pockets are sewn, now you will sew (or cheat with fabric glue) each pocket onto the felt.
Optional: Add any decorative elements to some of the pockets like ribbon, trim, faux mistletoe, etc.
Insert the dowel through the top of the Advent calendar. Tie Christmas-themed grosgrain ribbon to each end of the dowel to hang.
I used a Command Strip Hook, on the inside of an interior door, to hang this Advent calendar.
Phew! Lots of work but my kids were blown away with the surprise end result on the first day of December.
We typically have our elf friends bring the calendar on December 1st. Sorta a big ole production but kids are only young once, right?!
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