Handmade Christmas Advent Calendar Sacks

If you want a change from the traditional, flat cardstock Advent calendars, create these easy-to-make fabric sacks for your Christmas tree or to decorate a table-top tree. They can be filled with whatever treats your family enjoys.
Advent Calendar Treat Bags

Advent Calendar Treat Bags

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

Materials Needed:

  • template
  • old tablecloth or pretty curtain material
  • scissors or pinking shears
  • cotton needle and thread or sewing machine

Step 1

Using the template, cut the cloth into 48 sack shapes. Then cut 24 small squares of fabric, each about 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 inches in size.

Handmade Advent Calendar Sacks: Cutting the Fabric

Handmade Advent Calendar Sacks: Cutting the Fabric

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Align two sack shapes, correct sides facing inward. Sew three sides together. Leave a seam of 1?2 inch. Repeat with the other shapes.

Sew Fabric Together On 3 Sides

Sew Fabric Together On 3 Sides

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Mark a day of Advent, from one to 24, on each fabric square. Make a hole in the top corner of each square, thread through the twine, and knot it.

Calendar Date Squares

Calendar Date Squares

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Fill each sack with a few treats, and then tie the twine around the top to seal the sack. Secure the ends in a loop and hang from the tree.

Advent Calendar Sacks: Fill Your Bag With Treats

Advent Calendar Sacks: Fill Your Bag With Treats

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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