Home Seasonal How to make a Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Hi, Estelle here with a quick and simple fabric countdown to Christmas
calendar, perfect for building excitement and helping smaller children to understand when Santa will arrive! This is perfect for
basic sewers and took less than 2 hours. So get out your sewing machine and pretty fabric and create this festive decoration just in
time for December 1st!
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You Will Need:
2 Pieces of festive fabric. (I used Panama Curtain Fabric in Bottle Green
and Kensington Fabric in Wine, both available from Terry’s Fabrics),
Co-ordinating ribbon,
Buttons for embellishing,
Stick-on numbers,
Cord for hanging,
Santa Claus Cardboard Shape or Printout,
Sewing Machine and Thread,
Pins,
Scissors,
Tape Measure,
Hot Glue Gun and Glue,
Wooden Stick.

1. Cut a piece of fabric 16″ x 21″, pin and sew a half inch all the
way around to create a nice neat rectangle 15 ” x 20″.
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2. Cut 4 strips of co-ordinating fabric 3″ x 14″. Pin and sew 1cm down
on one of the long edges of each strip to create neat top edges. (You don’t need to worry about the bottom edge as this will be
covered by ribbon.)

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3. Pin each of the strips onto the larger piece of fabric along the
short edges. When pinning tuck under each short edge about 1 cm to create neat edges when sewn. Sew along the pinned edges, all the
way down the fabric, until all 4 strips are sewn on both sides.
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4. Sew along the bottom of each individual strip. You will then have 4
long pockets.
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5. Measure the top strip and divide measurement into 6. Put a pin in
each 1/6 then sew down the whole length of fabric encompassing all 4 strips starting from each pin. You will end up
with 4 strips with 6 pockets on each = 24 total.
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6. Cut 4 pieces of co-ordinationg ribbon the length of the strips. Hot
glue (or sew) onto the bottom of the strips, covering any raw edges. Attach buttons to each end of ribbon for a fun touch.
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7. Printout an image of Santa twice onto cardstock. Reverse one image,
so you can glue back-to-back. I had 2 cute die cut images in my stash that I utilised. Sandwich a long piece of ribbon between the
two images and glue. Make sure your ribbon is long enough to reach every pocket. Glue the other end of the ribbon to the back of the
fabric calendar at the top.
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8. Where you have glued the Santa hanging ribbon, create a loop and
glue again wide enough for your wooden stick to slide through. Glue a loop on the other end of the back of the fabric. Slide your
wooden stick through, then tie on a piece of cord to each end.
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You now have a hanging calandar, complete with 24 pockets and
travelling Santa.

9. Stick on your numbers 1 – 24 , I mix and matched gold and green to
add a bit of interest. Hot glue on any numbers not sticking well.
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Voila all done!

Now go and hang it up and wait for the fun to begin!

Estelle xx

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