How to make an Advent Calendar

Each Christmas I try to do at least one craft, and if I’m feeling brave I include my kids! This year I decided to skip the cheap and cheerful chocolate / cardboard creations from Woolies and MAKE an Advent Calendar I had seen in a book called “The Make and Do Bible”. Last year I had stocked up on a variety of different coloured felt from Fabric City in Wynberg when I made Nativity finger puppets so I had pretty much all the materials which made it much easier….

So here is my guide on “How to make an Advent Calendar”

Felt including a large piece or a different fabric for background (I used an old piece of canvas type material as I didn’t have a big enough piece of felt)
Marker pen
Needle and embroidery thread
Fabric glitter glue pen
Buttons/ Ribbon for decorating
Sewing machine and cotton thread
Packet of sweets or other treats (I used Quality Streets – as for me these signal CHRISTMAS)

Here is a photo sequence of how I made our Advent Calendar.

1. Collect all your materials


2. Cut and place your materials where you would like them to appear – the scene we choose was the “O little town of Bethlehem” which consists of easy to cut squares and rectangles plus a few tree shapes…



3. Glue down the shapes from back to front.

4. Prepare the 2 strips of 12 blocks each to run along the bottom of the panel for the sweets or treats to be hidden in. Use a tape measure to plot where each segment should be sewn and then mark this with a laundry marker or similar. Sew with a simple running stitch or use your machine.


5. Place this on the fabric and glue down in place.


6. Embellish with stars and a few pieces of ribbon – I used old silver and gold buttons as stars and had a ribbon which featured a Christmas quote which I used between the Bethlehem scene and the pockets. Use the Fabric Glitter Glue pen for the numbers on each pocket.


7. Hang up your Advent Calendar, add your sweets (or other treats such as small gifts) and teach your kids (or yourself) patience to wait for each chocolate!! You can also include a Bible verse in each pocket if your children are slightly older – after all the idea of an Advent Calendar is help us be more mindful of the reason we celebrate Christmas


Remember if you are using a fabric that needs hemming to do this before sewing on buttons etc! I didn’t!! As you can tell I’m not the biggest sewer on the planet. There was much patience being taught during this process but the excitement of my son as he helped me to create something, the one-on-one time with him and the feeling of satisfaction when it was done was all worth it!! Maybe I should do it more than once a year?

When last did you create something? If you have blogged about it feel free to leave a link to your craft post in the comments!

images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Looks great 🙂 I made a cross stitch advent calendar wall hanging last year. Each day has an ornament to hang on the tree wall hanging.

  2. Awesome! It is soooo beautiful and creative! Love it. Im surprised it all stayed stuck with wood/craft glue. I use clear glue on my felt creations cos I just can’t get it to stick otherwise! What’s your secret? Our advent calendar features in my most recent post: and some of our past Christmas posts including some of the crafty things we’ve done feature here: and here: 🙂 we love Christmas time!

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