Monday, November 30, 2009

Felt Advent Calendar

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.


Then place the green tree on it and pin down.


Then place the trunk piece under the bottom of the tree and pin in place.


Now it's the angels turn. Pin her down on the top of the tree.


Sew two lines along the white hem on the top and the bottom.


Then sew the trunk on. Sew around all four sides and then sew an x in the middle.


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.


Then sew around that angel.


Sew a tassle and cord in about 8 inches from each side on the seam of the hem. Double sew it as well.


Then tie the tassle in a knot.


Here is a video how to do that.

video

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.


Sew on a hook into each pin.


And there you have it.


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!


Here is the pattern. If you have any questions please ask. Print these all on a 8.5 X 11 paper.


















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.

54 comments:

  1. This is awesome!! I love the idea and all the patterns, Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  2. Wow! This is fabulous!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-christmas-ornament-advent-calendar/2009/12/01/

    --Anne

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  3. Found your blog from One Pretty Thing ... and I totally love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I had been trying to think of how to do an advent calendar for my kids - this is perfect! I love how you included the meanings behind all the symbols - such a great way to keep our focus where it should be during Christmas!

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  5. Thanks for the early Christmas present- this is beautiful!

    Ironically, I made something very similar to this for my family last year (out of colored posterboard and construction paper). After Christmas, I was very sad, knowing all that hard work would be wasted, as I knew it wouldn't fare very well after being folded (gasp!) and stored. So, this year, I vowed to make a felt version (using my paper version as a template).

    You've saved me a lot of time, with your wonderful directions and tips. Plus, I love your ornaments--so dern cute, and plan on embellishing my tree with them (instead of my plainer, glittered-number ones).

    Great job...thanks so much for the inspiration and guidance to help me in preserving a soon-to-be family heirloom! Joyeux Noel!

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  6. Saw this from One Pretty Thing, wow it looks beautiful. That is a keeper for sure! Great job. I am going to make one, but with more store bought items, I don't have the talent to do all what you did!

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  7. I LOVE this! It is exactly the combo of stuff that I have been looking for in an Advent calendar. Not just candy.....the STORY! I'm going to start this for NEXT year! :-) But I DO need #12! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I plan on using some of your tutorials!! Thank you so much for doing these. I am always in awe of women who take the time to not only make the project but do the tutorials as well!! WAY TO GO! Here is my blog:

    www.bajemafam.blogspot.com

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  9. This is perfect!! Exactly what I've been looking for. I just wish I had time to get it done for this year. Any idea how much felt I will need to buy?

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  10. Wow! Amazing! i have been looking at several advent calendars and this is my favorite. Great job and very through directions. Thanks!

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  11. Love it!!! This is too cute, but I am not crafty at all, I assume you don't sell these?

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  12. shannon-

    you are a life saver. i grew up just a few doors down from your mom, and they did this project one christmas at church. (i'm sure she did it with your grandma drage) i had one growing up and it is one of my fondest memories. i have been looking to copy my mother's but never had the energy to come up with the pattern. now i can make it!! thank you from the bottom of my heart. it's so fun to know that my kids will be able to grow up with the same tradition i did.

    kara jayne kelly (formerly poelman - sister to heather remund)

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  13. Very informative article, thank you for your suggestions and tips.
    Web Designer Web development

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  14. this is amazing!! I love it so much. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. This pattern looks fabulous! Approximately how big is the finished size?

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  16. I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

    Amanda Formaro
    Chief Editor - Craftown.com
    http://craftown.com

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  17. I wanted to make this last year and had it bookmarked but I am making it as we speak and I wondered how you got the holes in your ornaments so uniform? Did you have a punch or anything?

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  18. Gretchen! I would love to see yours shen you have it completed! I did not have a punch. I wish I did...that would have been genious. I just traced the holes onto the back and then cut them. The easiest way for me to do it was poke in the center with the ahrp part of the scissor point, be really careful, and then cut around! Let me know how it goes! Good luck! It's a time consuming project but so so worth it in the end!

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  19. I love this idea, and it looks so much cheaper to make than to buy one! How much felt do you suggest in purchasing?

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  20. I love this idea!! I have been searching for a good homemade advent calendar to make that I can hang on my wall and yours is the best I have seen by far!

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  21. Any chance I could buy one from you as I am SOO craft challenged... ;-)

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  22. I finally completed mine. I did it a little differently than your's as I did it following the Jesse Tree - but I love it and I am so thankful to you for posting your great tutorial!!!
    http://extraordinaryordinarylife.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-felt-adventjesse-tree.html

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  23. This is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

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  24. Love it! I want to make this... but I better get busy!

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  25. Do you make and sell these? I have no sewing skills whatsoever!

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  26. I LOVE this! I am headed to get felt tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie (from Tennessee)

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  27. Adorable. I am making a count down to Christmas break for my classroom. Thanks for the patterns.

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  28. I can't get these to print right. They are supposed to fill the whole page right? They will print too small or too big (filling more than a page) but I can't get them to align right. :-(

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  29. I posted a link on my blog http://practicalpennypinching.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/felt-advent-countdown-tutorial/
    to your great tutorial!
    God Bless!

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  30. Shannon-
    Can you give us measurements......I just printed just one page (the one that has the ornament on it (w/ instructions to cut 25 white and 25 colored). I'm not sure this printed the right size? When I measured the paper ornament, it measures just under 2 1/2 inches......is that right? THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful work with us! - Heidi

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  31. You bet! You need to click on the pictures so they enlarge onto their own screen and then right click them and save them into your documents. Then print them from there! You want to print them a full page and check the fit to page option. I am out of town but as woon as I get back I will pull mine out and give you the measurements of the ornaments!

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  32. I am making this right now, but I have no idea what the dowel part is suppose to be like. I didn't even know what a dowel was until I googled it. Wish there was a picture or better definition for that part. Is the dowel necessary?

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  33. Thanks Shannon. I printed them as you suggested and the ornaments are now almost 3 3/4 inches tall. I think that may be more accurate! Let me know when you get a minute to measure yours! With appreciation- Heidi

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  34. I can take a photo of the dowel part as well and post if for you, as soon as I return. The dowel is just a wooden rod that you slip through the top and the bottom seam that you made. It gives it stability when you are hanging it up. It isn't necessary if you come up with another way to hang it, but if you hang it just by the tassle without one it won't stay flat against your wall it will pull in to the center! As soon as I get home I will post an update on this project for everyone! Thanks so much, let me know if you need anything else!

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  35. Shannon: I added this project to our site and linked to you. We are looking for more advent calendar projects as well as other Christmas projects, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to let me know.
    Blair
    bchavis@primecp.com
    Editor, www.AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com

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  36. I'm working on an advent calendar myself and ran across your blog. I have linked this project to my blog since I will most likly be using some of the poems ect.from your blog. Thanks for posting your project. http://sweetminutes.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-calendar.html

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing this! I made it for my family and I love it! Just finished it today.

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  38. I loved this and had to make one for my family! Thanks for the ideas!
    http://www.sowinspired.com/2010/12/preparing-for-christmas.html

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  39. Thank you, thank you. This is going to sound dramatic, but I'm actually in tears. I am a fairly new mother, and recently lost my own mother very suddenly. We had a felt advent calendar growing up (Mother made it, it's long gone now but was a big part of the holiday celebration for us), and I've been looking around for patterns/tutorials to make one for my family. I couldn't find anything like the one I had growing up until I saw yours. I'm so excited to give it try. Thank you so much!!

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  40. Can you email me the pattern? Everytime i try to print it, the page cuts off to the left. sandrame801@yahoo.com.
    Thanks! I'm so excited to make this. I got married this past November and this was part of his families Christmas tradition. I want to make it part of ours now too.

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  41. This is stunning! Thank you so much for the beautiful idea! Will start cutting the felt tonight!! Very exciting!

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  42. Good news ladies! I am now selling and making these. Head on over to my shop to pick one up the easy way!!! Save hours of cutting, sewing, and gluing!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/78558468/christian-christmas-advent-calendar

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  43. This widescreen blog great. visit me on Black Friday LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (7958). I like your blog. Thank you so much.

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  44. what size hooks did you use ? I'm buying supplies online and am afraid of getting the wrong size.

    Thanks!

    btw I just found your blog and I love it!!!

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  45. What size hooks did you use?

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  46. Anonymous, I am working on making the calendar as well...I bought size 3 hooks but I think they are too small. Going back to the store to look again.

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  47. Anonymous,
    I am also working on the calendar. I bought size 3 hooks but I think they are too small. I plan on going back to the store to look.

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  48. This is a great project! I have worked on a version of it since last year and was excited to share with my girls this year. Thanks so much!

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  49. what was the finished size of your advent calendar? i am thinking about making a couple of these for my siblings and their families, and i'm wondering what the final size is.

    it looks great!! wonderful!

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  50. What am I doing wrong? The images of the pattern are too small to read. Is there a link I need to go to to get these in 8.5x11 size?

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  51. I came across your blog in searching for a Mormon Jesse Tree. While it's not exactly that, I really liked what you have come up with for the symbols. So - even though I'm not making this like you are I thought I'd let you know I embraced your idea and am doing an Advent Tree using most of the symbols, and accompanying devotional that goes with them. I do like the felt idea, but found this way too late to begin. Maybe next year!!!

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  52. AMAZING instructions. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

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