I love Advent Calendars!  I think it goes back to my love of things sweet and unexpected—–you know all that dinging and dashing we do around here!

Advent calendars are  a wonderful way to prepare our hearts and be reminded daily how special this holiday is. If we want it can be holiday to be savored, anticipated and enjoyed and not something we feel we must get through.

Several years ago I made two special families a stocking advent calendar. Each year my kids look forward to refilling it for their children. It has grown into a fun tradition for our family.

The pattern is simple and from Martha Stewart. You may download the template here.  I realize I did make mine slightly bigger.  I used felt and added some decorative stitching to the top. The tags are from the office supply section at the store. I did remove the rings that come on these tags and replaced them with drink marker wires (found in the craft or jewelry section). I used stickers for the numbers.

One friend found a darling knitted garland and hangs their stockings vertically. The other set was different, however they live out of town and I have no picture. On theirs I decorated the top of the stockings each with different ribbon like the pattern suggested.

This year I am working on another set for a family and I am using fur trim to embellish the tops.

Stay tuned—–I have many more ideas for celebrating Advent and a no sew advent calendar and also a calendar I am working on for my family.

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  3. Hi

    I have started a blog featuring all the fab handmade advent calendars around at the moment. – http://handmadeadventcalendars.blogspot.com/ – I would like to feature yours on it?

    I f you would like your calendar to be featured I can either “Borrow” the images from your blog or you can send me on the jpegs!!!!

    I will also link back to your blog.

    Excuse the look of the blog at the moment, has only recently been set up, but will be making changes over the comming weeks! I am hoping to update this blog every year, when crafters are starting to make their calendars again. It dosen’t matter how many calendars you make, let me know and I will feature them, the more the merrier!!!

    If you know of anyone else, either e-mail them and ask them to contact me or send me on the addresses and I will e-mail them!

    I know when I was seraching for inspiration, I found it very hard to find any, so I thought this might be a fun idea!


  4. Duh! O My Word, I have been looking everywhere for an advent calendar for my kiddos, why did I not think to MAKE something? Wow, smacking head.
    Thank you so much for posting this…..Off to buy red felt and Hershey kisses!

  5. I’m terrible at anything that requires sewing, but I did this last year with premade stockings I got at the Dollar Store. They were 2 or 3 for a dollar and I got all the goodies inside at the dollar store too. It kept my 3 boys going through Advent and didn’t cost a lot overall. They LOVED it.

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