Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Years ago I hand sewed a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, which has become such a sweet tradition for our family. Ever since I was a young child, I absolutely loved Advent Calendars – usually the perforated paper variety in our home – to count down the days until Christmas. The anticipation was overwhelming each year.

I wanted to have that same tradition in our family – and I wanted to create something we could use year after year. I stumbled across this sweet calendar by Stitch Craft Creations. I fell madly in love with this idea and got to work, using her calendar as my guide. Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

I created the felt pockets following Purl Soho‘s instructions.

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I came up with the ornaments by finding holiday clipart and using those images as my sewing templates. When I was about halfway done with my project, Homemade by Jill began her own similar felt Advent Calendar, and asked her followers to join her. I began following her blog and trolling her blog participants for ornament inspiration, as well.

Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

I tried to pick ornaments that may signify something we might do that day or week: looking at Christmas lights, decorating our Christmas tree, baking cookies and decorating gingerbread houses.Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

One thing that was important to me was that it also told the Christmas story of the Bible – the reason our family celebrates the season. We save these for the end of the calendar as we lead up to our celebration of Jesus’ birth. Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

I made this calendar in 2010, and I fizzled out at the 23rd ornament. We’ve gone 5 years without the last two ornaments – I can procrastinate like no other, it seems! One day I’ll get around to sewing a felt cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and a cute sugar cookie with sprinkles. Until then, we have a mean 23-day countdown to Christmas.Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

This is a tradition the kids love. Do you use an Advent Calendar each year? What is your favorite kind? I’d love to hear your ideas and traditions in the comments below!

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4 thoughts on “Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

  1. Lisa B. says:

    Good Morning!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! That’s RIGHT!! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your Featured button too! ~Lisa~

  2. Chloe Belanger says:

    What a lovely idea! I love theses little felt pieces! So cute! I saw your blog on the Blog Engagement group and had to pop by! You will be seeing a lot more of me on here that’s for sure! xoxo

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