This DIY Advent Calendar is very simple to make, using mostly fabric fat quarters. Make it to suit your taste and have an instant classic decoration.
The supplies for this project were provided by Riley Blake Designs, DecoArt and The Crazy Vinyl Lady. Thanks so much to all of them for sponsoring this project.
This is the third project I have made using my Riley Blake Cozy Christmas fabric and I just fall more and more in love with it every time I use it. This first photo shows the fabrics I picked for my Advent Calendar. Aren’t they fantastic?!
The supplies you will need for this project are:
2 pieces of coordinating fabric 22’ x 26” each (main fabrics)
5 fabric fat quarters (pocket fabric)
1 piece of fusible fleece to measure 20” x 24”
1 piece of one of the larger pieces of fabric measuring 5” x 16” (tab fabric)
25 wooden discs measuring 1 ½ inches each
4 bright colors of acrylic paint
vinyl numbers 1-24 to fit wooden discs
glue gun and glue sticks
The first step is to cut all of your fabric to the sizes you will need.
For the fat quarters, cut 25 pieces 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″, so you will have 5 of each color.
Using the 5″ by 16″ piece of fabric, cut 8 5″ by 2″ pieces.
Fuse the fleece to the back of the front piece of fabric. If you don’t know how to use fusible fleece, you can read this post for the instructions.
Now, this part is pretty tedious, but it is necessary. It is a lot easier to sew pieces that have already been ironed than not. I iron a lot when I sew. Kind of crazy because I seriously hate ironing.
Iron the top of each piece of the pocket fabrics about a 1/4 an inch. After you have ironed them all, sew that piece across.
Next, iron in the other three side about 1/4 inch.
Using your large piece of fabric that has the fleece ironed on, pin the pockets to the fabric in the method you want them. I did straight lines. Maybe you want to be more random. You want to put them all in place so you don’t get to the end and have 3 pockets left to sew, but they are all the same color.
Sew the pockets in place on three sides, leaving them open on top.
Now, using your 8 pieces of tab fabric, take 2 pieces of fabric and sew them wrong sides together on three sides. Trip the edges and clip the corners. Turn them right side out and iron them flat.
Pin the tabs to the top of the right side of your back fabric, pinning towards the inside as shown in the photo.
Place your fabric with the sewn on pocket on top of the back fabric, right sides together. Be sure your pocket openings are toward the top.
Pin the fabric all the way around.
Sew them together, leaving an opening on the bottom of about 6 inches for turning of the fabric.
Trim the edges and clip the corners and turn the fabric right side out.
Iron the fabric all the way around, paying particular attention to the edges and folding the fabric opening under to create a finished edge.
Sew all the way around the edge of the calendar.
To make the numbers for the pockets, pick your paint colors and divide the discs evenly by your colors and paint them. I put a star on the 25th disc. I use DecoArt paint whenever I can because I like their color line and they quality of paint.
After your discs are dry, give them a good coat of acrylic sealer, I use spray, and allow them to dry. Finally, apply the vinyl numbers. I had my vinyl letters made at The Crazy Vinyl Lady’s shop. You should check out the stuff she makes. Finally, use a hot glue gun and glue the discs on the pockets.
Since this is a DIY Advent Calendar, I did a bunch of research and came up with some verses related to the Birth of Christ and His ministry and put them in calendar form and in list form. For the list form page, I cut each one to fit in the pocket. They are numbered, based on the date of the month. The calendar form has verses throughout the whole month of December. If you’d like your own copy, just click on the links and you will be taken right to them.
One note for filling the pockets. I wanted to add a sweet in each pocket. They fit small candy bars better than the fun size. I hope you love my DIY Advent Calendar. It too more time than other projects, but I’m so in love with it, so it’s okay with me. Do you use Advent Calendars at Christmas?
Other projects using Riley Blake Designs’ Cozy Christmas fabric