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

For this year's Christmas countdown, give your family daily surprises they'll devour. Using a sweet, holiday-inspired fabric, create miniature sacks to fill with delicious treats. After filling, add a corresponding countdown number, tie twine around the top to seal the sack and hang from the tree. Each day will leave everyone waiting in anticipation for another scrumptious Christmas treat.

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

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

In 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.

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

In 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.

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

In 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.

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

In step 4, fill each sack with a few treats, then tie the twine around the top to seal the sack. Secure the ends in a loop and hang from the tree.

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

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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