I know it's kind of late for this year. But it's totally worth it. And hey start right now and make one every day and you can do it too!
Grab your felt and scissors and get ready. First print off the patterns at the bottom of this page, and print the numbers, and print the words.
Then cut out 25 white ornaments, and 25 colored ornaments. Then sew the bottom half together, one white and one colored. Just like this...to make a little pocket.
There you have it 25 pocket ornaments.
Cut out the numbers onto silver felt and glue onto the colored side of these ornaments.
Then lay them out just like so on green felt. Cut out a Christmas Tree shape around them. You can use the pattern below by layering it three times on each side and then connecting the bottom.
Then lay down a piece of white felt large enough for the tree to fit on. And fold the top and bottom up 1 inch and pin.
Now it's time for the tree. Sew the tree on around the outside and then connect the two sides at every indent to a new layer.
Sew a tassle and cord in about 8 inches from each side on the seam of the hem. Double sew it as well.
Now lay out those ornament in the right position again and lift up the top and put a pin in each of the holes, into the tree part.
Nope, not quite. Using the patterns at the end and the pictures below assemble the ornaments. Use craft glue to glue all the pieces together.
Now fold up the corresponding story and tuck inside the ornament pockets. Slide a dowel in the hems on the bottom and top. Then hang the ornaments number side facing and starting with the tree read the inside each night, it's also fun to slide in a treat each day for the "reader", and then flip it over so you can see the picture. On the 25th day, Christmas, you will have all your ornaments flipped over!
I realize number 12 is missing. As soon as I track it down, before December 12th for sure. I will post it. And for those of you wondering. I bought my felt at fabric.com and I did not make up this pattern. However, I did remake it after one that I grew up with that my mother made up in the early 80's. It's a tradition I remember and want my kids to remember, but I wanted my style and a little more updated version. Enjoy!!! And please remember this is for personal use only! No making and selling!
Update. Number 12 can be found here.