I love the lead up to Christmas and one of my favourite parts is watching the kids update the Advent calendar each day. After the battle for who gets to do which days is over (although with most calendars having 24 days, it works out evenly for people with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 12 kids), it’s fun to watch them hang their ornament and work out how many days to go until Santa visits.
Do you count up or countdown? We usually count up (which gives the kids a chance to do some mental maths each day to work out the days to Christmas.
If you’re looking to sew a new advent calendar, today I’m sharing my favourite Advent calendar sewing patterns. There are lovely Nativity advent calendar patterns, to remind your family of the meaning of Christmas, as well as more fun, modern and whimsical designs.
And if you don’t feel like embroidering or appliquéing the numbers, I’ve shared some great Advent calendar quilt panels as well. Alternatively, find the best advent calendar kits to sew here.
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Nativity Advent calendar sewing patterns
Do Small Things with Love have a felt Christmas tree advent calendar pattern with a nativity theme for the ornaments. The baubles are all gorgeous!
This free felt nativity advent calendar tutorial by Cutesy Crafts will teach your children about the Christmas story.
Cross-stitch Advent calendar sewing patterns
Clouds Factory have the cutest cross-stitch advent calendar pattern. Maybe this year, you can cross-stitch one per day for Advent, and then next year you’ll have a beautiful advent calendar to decorate your home!
Chouett’alors has the cutest owls sitting in a tree advent calendar cross-stitch pattern.
This advent calendar wall hanging pattern from Anette Eriksson comes with three different colour options.
Christmas Cheer Advent calendar patterns
The Santa Advent calendar pattern from Indygo Junction also has a Christmas card holder. I love Santa’s beard!
The felt advent calendar garland pattern from Little Things to Share is adorable! The little felt Christmas trees are so whimsical and the sweet ornaments make me smile!
The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Advent calendar sewing pattern from Sugar House Shop is stunning in its simplicity.
How sweet (pun intended!) is this Gingerbread House advent calendar pattern from The Lullaby Loft. I wonder if my kids would try to lick it!
Advent calendar quilt panels
If you’re short on time, another great option is to use an advent calendar panel. Still have the fun of sewing an advent calendar, without having to applique or embroidery all the numbers and details. Here are some of my favourite advent calendar panels from Etsy:
If you don’t have a big stash of felt or Christmas fabric, here are my favourite Advent Calendar kits to sew. Get everything you need to make an handmade advent calendar in one package!
Have you made an Advent calendar?
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