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Felt Advent Calendar Tutorial

Posted by  ·  November 1, 2014  ·  Last Updated: November 1, 2014

November is going to be a great month at Skip to my Lou! Today starts the amazing Holiday Bake Craft & Crochet Series. Yes, we have added crochet tutorials too! By the end of the month Thirty Handmade Days, Your Homebased Mom and I will have shared over 100 fabulous handmade gift tutorials.
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Be sure to head over to Your Homebased Mom for loads of edible gift recipes and Thirty Handmade Days will help us craft the perfect handmade holiday. I will be sharing sewn and crocheted gift tutorials. We even have some incredible giveaways.  Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a chance to win BIG! Up for grabs is a Cricut cutting machine, a Blendtec blender, a Baby Lock sewing machine and a $300 Michaels gift card! Grab a new entry every day!

Time to get sewing! I love Advent Calendars so I and thrilled to share this tutorial from Andrea’s Notebook. Be sure to visit her to enter to win a Baby Lock sewing machine.
Felt advent calendar tutorial by AndreasNotebook.com

It’s that time of year to start thinking about Advent calendars! Yay! I love all types of Advent calendars and kids absolutely love having something to look forward every day. While these calendars are rooted in religious tradition they can be fun for everyone. Who doesn’t love a count down?? And who wouldn’t want this as a GIFT?!

Felt advent calendar tutorial by AndreasNotebook.com

This Advent calendar is done as a Jesse Tree but you can make your daily ornaments whatever you want. I used the Advent Jesse Tree book as an idea of the ornaments to make. Though if you google Jesse Tree you can find tons and tons of printable samples.

Other Advent Tree Ideas:

  • An ornament a day with a photo of a family member
  • An ornament a day with a quote, verse or fun saying
  • An ornament a day with a suggested activity to follow


  • 1 1/2 yard background felt
  • 3/4 yard green felt for the tree
  • 1/4 yard of 5 different colors felt for pockets
  • 25 buttons
  • 1/8″ ribbon
  • rod or dowel for hanging calendar
  • hot glue or fabric glue
Felt advent calendar tutorial by AndreasNotebook.com


  1. Use a pencil to outline the shape of your tree on the green felt. Cut.
  2. Pin the tree to the background felt, leaving about 4″ at the top. Sew around the edge using a straight stitch or a satin stitch.
  3. Cut 5 pockets of each color, 3.5″ square each.
  4. Sew or paint on numbers on each pocket. (optional)
  5. Pin and sew pockets to background felt, leaving the top open.
  6. Create ornaments with felt as desired.
  7. Cut 3″ strips of ribbon, glue to back of ornaments to make a loop.
  8. Sew 25 buttons onto tree.
  9. Fold top of background felt back 1″. Sew to create a pocket for the dowel.
  10. Sew a ribbon to the back for hanging. (optional)

That’s it! Who would you give this to?

This is a simple project but does take time so get started now! Stop by my blog, Andrea’s Notebook, for tons of great DIY inspiration! You’ll find crafts, sewing, recipes, organization and much more!

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  1. Jane
    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    I made one like this back in the late 70's. It was in the Canadian Living magazine but the pockets had numbers. I remember we were flying to Hawaii in October and I had all the felts and pattern pieces with me and I cut everything out on the plane there and back! When i got home I just had to stitch the tree to the backing, and each pocket! and stitch velcro to the back of each day gift and onto the tree! Used it for over 20 years! I might still have it packed somewhere, I should look for it. I know I have to make a few pieces because they might have been lost over the last few years it was used!

  2. Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    I really like this advent calendar. I'm always looking for ones that don't include new presents or candy for the kids. It would still be fun to take out the ornaments and help decorate the tree each day. I love the idea of adding an inspirational quote, or maybe a good deed to do for the day too!

    Thanks for the post!

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