Wednesday, November 27

Advent's not too late!

I've had an email asking about and a template for this advent may be a bit late for this year, but I thought I would post the tutorial again. If your feeling like something different to do, you could easily whip this up in a couple of days .
I have made so many of these for presents or just lovely to make for yourself...little ones love them and look forward to seeing what little treats are in the pockets each day of Advent....

First you need to make a pattern for the tree...
I'm hoping you can print this post out from here, so that you can follow and draw up your pattern...if not, let me know and I will email you a PDF file of this post to print may even be able to follow this as it is you can see here, it's just a pyramid shape of 3" squares... the hearts are just big enough to fit on each sq....there's no template for the heart, just draw one up yourself.

With your paper pattern, cut out a front and a back, also batting the same size..
I like to use a plain background fabric so that the red and green hearts stand out..

With your long ruler and your choice of marking tool ...mark in the squares as shown in the pattern..remember to have the squares in a building brick format....except for the last row and the trunk, where the centre Sq's line up .... refer to pattern.

Layer and sandwich the front, back and well to hold in place....
and machine stitch down the lines through all three layers...

It should finish up stitched like this...

Cut enough 2" binding to go around the tree and stitch in can just nick the corner, or cut your binding on the bias...I just cut mine on the straight...Turn binding to the back and hand stitch down..

With the heart shape template , cut 25 hearts in Christmas fabric and 25 in backing fabric ..

Place a backing fabric and Christmas fabric heart right side together ...machine stitch around leaving a little opening at one side to turn through to the right hearts.
Applique the 25 hearts to the tree on each sq...leave the top of hearts free for little hands to reach in for a little treat..
All you need to do now is trim the can add bells, bows, little charms, braid, you can get stick on numbers for the days from scrap book suppliers...the choice is yours....
Oh, nearly forgot...attach a hanging ribbon or ring at the top of the tree at the back .....Enjoy!
I would love to give credit to someone for this pattern...but I have had this pattern for so long, I don't even remember where I got it from...If anyone knows or has seen it around somewhere else please let me know.


  1. this is so cute. thanks for the tutorial
    Merry Christmas,

  2. Looks like a fun Advent calendar to make.. Thanks for the tutorial..
    Will print it off and. Tuck away to make for next year. Thank you Julia....

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  4. I can't be certain but I think it may have come from Better Homes and Gardens or their American Patchwork and Quilting or another of their seasonal publications. I made it for my son at least 20 years ago and it is still something he likes as part of his Christmas tradition. He's off in the military now and loves to receive it in December, filled with his favourite chocolates and love notes from home.

  5. So lovely!
    Greetings from Finland! :)
    Ulla's Quilt World
    Hugs, Ulla

  6. Too cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  7. Thanks Julia. Such a cute Advent calender. Hugs,xx

  8. A very cute advent calender, Julia. Nice tutorial!

  9. A very attractive advent calendar, maybe next year?

  10. It's very lovely Julia! and a great gift idea also x


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