It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for sewing fun and festive Christmas decorations! Our easy to sew advent calendar is the perfect way to create a new family heirloom that will last for years and become a firm favourite part of childrens’ festive rituals!
If you’re looking for fabric advent calendars to sew then this free sewing tutorial, designed by Rebecca Reid, is one of our favourite festive sewing projects from the Simply Sewing archives.
Read on to find out how to sew your own DIY advent calendar, including scrap-busting pockets in pretty patterned fabrics with space in each one for a little treat.
How to make a fabric advent calendar
You will need:
- Main fabric: 80x75cm (32x30in)
- Window pocket fabric: see instructions for details
- Wadding: 80x30cm (32x12in)
- Felt: charcoal, two sheets 20x30cm (8x12in)
- Felt: white, three sheets 20x30cm (8x12in)
- Bondaweb: 40x90cm (16x35in)
- Stranded cotton: green
- Small red beads
- Small button for doorknob
- Dowel: 48cm (19in)
- Eyelet: black
- Ribbon to hang
- Matching sewing thread
- Advent calendar free sewing pattern
We got the fabrics for our version from our local Hantex stockist:
Main fabric: Imprint by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery fabrics. Crossthread Pure. Ref: AGFIMP10454
Festive by Jo Clark for Cloud9. Fairy Lights (ref: C9FES140233), Festive Peppermint Twist (ref: C9FES140506), Festive Snowflakes (ref: C9FES140702)
Curiosities by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery fabrics. String Lights Carmin (ref: AGFCUR29133)
Felt: 1mm thick 100% charcoal and white felt from Wool Felt Company
Use a 1.5cm (5⁄8in) seam allowance, unless otherwise stated.
Download our Free Advent Calendar Sewing Pattern PDF here
DIY advent calendar tutorial
Hooray now your advent house is complete! Fill the pockets with small sweets or gifts with a special one in the door for Christmas Eve.