I am so happy to be here at Sugar Bee Crafts to share how to make a fabric advent calendar. This project is not a quick one, but if you have basic sewing skills – just sewing straight lines – then you can do it!
Hi, my name is Laura and I blog over at Laura’s Crafty Life. I blog about crafts, DIY projects, organizing and life! I am so excited to be a part of Mandy’s series.
- Flannel (5/8 yard)
- 4 – 8 coordinating fabrics (1/8 yard each)
- Coordinating and/or contrasting thread
- Dowel rod (1/4″ – 3/8″)
- 2 small wooden ball finials
- Glue gun
- String, yarn or twine
- Spray paint
- Fabric paint
- Metallic sharpie
- Iron-on numbers
Adhere the stencil to the fabric and paint in the number with a small paint brush. Carefully lift the stencil. I filled in the little gaps on the numbers where the stencil didn’t cover, but this is also optional. Do this for all 24 pockets and allow to dry.
To finish it off and make the numbers easier to see on the lighter fabrics, I outlined each number with a gold metallic Sharpie.
Be careful to apply light pressure and not leave the Sharpie in one spot for too long, as it will bleed. Note: Since I don’t plan on washing this, I wasn’t worried about the paint and sharpie holding up to washing. If anything gets on the calendar, I will just spot clean it. Step Eleven: Cut your dowel to 20″. I wanted my dowel to look more finished, so I spray painted the ends and the ball finials with gold spray paint. Don’t worry about spraying the whole length of the dowel as it will mostly be covered by your fabric. However, this step is optional. You can leave the wood unfinished or even stain it. Step Twelve: Place your dowel rod through the rod pocket at the top. Hot glue the ball finials to each end.
Step Thirteen: Tie on your string or twine. I had some gold twine that I used that finished it off nicely.
Instead of filling our advent calendar with treats or trinkets, I print out cards with activities for us to do together. I want our holiday to be more about being together, helping others and creating memories, rather than just acquiring things.
Thank you again to Mandy for having me for this series!