DIY Advent Calendar

12 Nov 2018

Christmas is coming and what better way to get the kids excited than with an advent calendar.

Pop tiny, inexpensive presents or candy canes and chocolate money into the numbered pockets and let the kids have fun
counting how many sleeps till Christmas morning!

What you’ll need:

• 48 x 20cm felt: Dark Green
• 48 x 72cm felt: Red
• Scissors and pins
• Stranded embroidery cotton: Red
• Embroidery needle
• 4-6 felt sheets in Christmas colours
• Number stencil
• Dimensional glitter fabric paint or glitter glue
• 5 jingle bells
• Dowel or bamboo plant stake
• Red ribbon or cord

How to make it:

1. Cut green felt into two rectangles, one 48 x 12cm, and the other, 48 x 8cm.

2. Fold larger rectangle in half and pin to upper edge of red felt rectangle, sandwiching the edge of the red between the two green edges. Using two strands of red embroidery cotton, work a row of running stitch (see page 111) along the edge through all layers, to create a hanging sleeve. Trim away rectangular upper sections of the sleeve, as shown in the photograph, to make it more decorative.

3. Stitch remaining green rectangle to bottom edge of red rectangle, then measure and trim bottom edge into five even-sized points.

4. From different-coloured felt squares, cut a total of 24 squares for pockets, each 8.5 x 8.5cm.

5. Using a stencil and glitter dimensional paint, stencil the numbers 1 to 24 on the pockets, taking care to let the paint dry before stencilling double numbers.

6. Arrange numbered squares in order on the red felt background and stitch each in place with red thread.

7. Stitch a jingle bell to each of the lower points. Thread dowel through hanging sleeve and tie red cord to each end for hanging.

Tip: If you don’t want to stencil the numbers, check out stick-on foam numbers or simply write them with dimensional fabric pens.

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