How to make a fabric Advent Calendar

1/8″ of a yard wide pieces of fabric or other fabric scraps can make a darling keepsake Advent Calendar. I think they make a great gift to give a family. We will go ahead and fill it with some candy, notes, small gift cards and even an invitation to come to our house for dinner and games!

Cut fabric according to template.

Fabric Advent Calendar Template



Turn top edge of pocket piece over about 1/4 inch and top stitch.


Make a fabric sandwich. Bottom tag piece right side up, pocket piece right side up and second tag piece right side face down.



Stitch all the way around about 1/4 inch from the edge. Leave an opening for turning. Be careful to line fabric up to catch all layers.

Turn and press. Slip stitch opening closed or edge stitch all the way around to close the opening.


I found these awesome Tim Holtz wooden number disks at Michael’s Arts & Crafts. Paint or purchase painted clothespins (from Canvas Corp) and hot glue the numbers to the clothespins.


Clip to a heavy ribbon or jumbo ric rack.

Want more great fabric to do some projects just like these? All the fabric above was from Harts Fabric!  The generous folks over there have offered us a great giveaway! Just stop by this post and comment to enter ! You could win $100 in fabric of your choice!

I love making Advent Calendars! You might like to see more ideas:

Christmas Tree advent calendar

Felt Birdie Advent Calendar

Felt Stocking Advent Calendar

Printable Paper Stocking Advent Calendar

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  1. Well, the past couple of days I did find time to sew tags, and finally last night I finished my advent calendar. Thanks so much for the great tutorial and the inspiration to create one for myself. I added my advent calendar to my blog.
    Happy Holidays!!!!

  2. Great tutorial and such a cute idea. I have everything to make this advent calendar, but don’t think I can get it done in time for this Christmas. Loved the fabrics you used and will check out the website you provided. Great Job!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I hear what Erin is saying so ahh could you/everyone maybe do a little Advent stuffer idea list to inspire us cardboard chocolate people!

  4. I love this! We usually just do the cardboard/chocolate advents you buy at the stores. I think this one would be much more appreciated!

  5. This is so cute. I love the wooden number buttons. They remind me of the old bingo ones.

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