How to Make a Fabric Advent Calendar

Skip the store-bought advent calendars and make your own decorative calendar using twine, linen bags, an iron and a tree branch in this creative DIY craft.

CF_advent_calender_large_800Count down the days with the little treasures hidden in each of the pretty little bags hanging from this cottage-chic advent calendar. Note: Take a DIY shortcut and stamp the numbers onto the bags instead of using iron-on transfer sheets.

Advent Calendar

What You’ll Need to Make It:

  • Birch or other type of tree branch
  • Twine
  • Cotton-linen bags (available from craft stores)
  • Iron-on paper for fabric transfers
  • Iron
  • Computer and printer

Take a look at a larger image of the finished craft.


1. Use your computer to design your numbers to print and iron on to the bags.
2. Follow the print instructions for the iron-on sheets to print.
3. Cut out each printed number.
4. Iron the number onto the bag (following iron-on instructions).
5. Tie the bags onto the branch.
6. Add a length of twine to hang the branch.
7. Fill each bag with trinkets, treasures and sweets.

Find more holiday craft ideas with our five favourite DIY holiday crafts.

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